Family events at MIF19

Looking to enjoy art, theatre and culture as a family during the summer holidays? There are plenty of family-friendly events throughout the 18 extraordinary days of MIF19. From ringing BELLS FOR PEACE to taking part in a fascinating cultural experiment with Animals of Manchester.

Festival Square

Soak in the atmosphere of Festival Square – the home of MIF in the heart of the Manchester city centre.  Enjoy the array of incredible food and drink, family activities and free live music every day and night during MIF19. Mr Bloom from CBeebies will be on the Square with his fabulous stage show (noon-2pm, Sat 6 July), and a week later, YESFAM are taking over for an afternoon of family fun (noon-4pm, Sat 13 July). All ages welcome!



Acclaimed Belgian theatre company Studio ORKA create shows for children and adults alike telling stories of the people, places and experiences that make our journey through life unique. Their new work, Tuesday, is a magical and moving show which is staged beautifully in St Augustines, a Grade I listed Victorian church.


Animals of Manchester

We’re inviting all ages to explore this fascinating cultural experiment taking place at The Whitworth and Whitworth Park. Animals of Manchester pictures what life might be like if dogs, hogs, cats and other creatures lived alongside us not just as our pets but as our peers – our companions.

See it on the last weekend of the Festival.


Bells for Peace

Yoko Ono MIF

Yoko Ono invites the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens and send a message of peace to the world. Join thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells as the city rings and sings out for peace – and welcomes the world to Manchester.

All ages are welcome to come down on the day, join us and come together with the people of Manchester for our exciting MIF19 opening event.


Atmospheric Memory

Created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, an array of ‘Atmospheric Machines’ use state-of-the-art technology to transform the words you speak into something new. Watch as your words become trails of vapour, ripples on water, even epic 360-degree projections…

Nearly 200 years ago, computing pioneer Charles Babbage said that the air is a ‘vast library’ that contains a record of every word ever spoken. This unmissable installation asks: was he right? If so, can we hear the voices of the past? Find out this summer and add your voice to the library at the Science and Industry Museum.


Check out all MIF19’s Family & Free events here and find out more about the full programme here.

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