From drawing board to Festival Square

Over the last few months, we’ve been working on preparing Festival Square, the home of MIF in the heart of Manchester City Centre. We’ve hosted a series of workshops with Standard Practice from tile making to stool building, many have attended our free workshops to create something wonderful for Festival Square.

Nicolas Henninger (Office for Crafted Architecture) and Paloma Gormley (Practice Architecture) have teamed up to give Festival Square an exciting new look this year, with contributions from Standard Practice and students from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, who have designed the interiors, seating areas, and furniture.

Festival Square will be open from noon till late every day from Fri 5 July to Sun 21 July, and admission is free. As well as great food and plenty to drink, there’ll be live music every day from noon on our outdoor stage and DJs from 10pm until late every night – including many special guests and some spectacular surprises. The full live music programme will be announced in June.

Legendary chef, Paul Heathcote, has curated a series of Supper Clubs and Lazy lunches with a stellar array of chefs. MIF’s Lazy lunches will be held in Festival Square’s intimate Glass House for indulgent weekend lunches with a difference. Four of the finest chefs in the North West have teamed up to create and cook an exclusive MIF menu of four fantastic courses, all served over a relaxed two-and-a-half-hour setting – and if you’re feeling really indulgent, there are also wines to match.

Last but not least, our ever-popular Festival walking tours exploring Manchester’s rich past, vital present and fascinating future are returning to MIF19 this year which are all starting and ending from Festival Square.




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