Thousands of people take part in Manchester International Festival, both during the Festival and year-round. Whether you want to get involved in creative activities, help shape our programme or develop your own skills and experiences, there’s something for you.
The Neon Hieroglyph: Tai Shani on her witchy online fantasy
Dream’s EM Williams on acting in a virtual forest
Audio: Elizabeth Wainwright on her visually impaired theatre group
Four Manchester Artists Respond to The Long Goodbye
Who are Dream co-creators Marshmallow Laser Feast?
Dream is an online theatre and gaming experience like no other
Watch a new trailer for Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye
Introducing… Javaad Alipoor
Introducing… Inua Ellams
Three Years From Now…
Festival In My House and Yours
We’re very excited that over the next 6 months, we’ll be supporting Greater Manchester creatives develop and present new artworks and events online. Festival in my House … And Yours.FIND OUT MORE
Manchester Communications Academy
MIF has worked with Manchester Communications Academy on several projects over the last few years including bringing INUK by Studio ORKA to the car park and our Creative Critics programme during MIF19. As one of our key education partners we are constantly exploring ways of working together to engage their students in arts and culture.
Rainbow Surprise are a community organisation based in Crumpsall that provide diverse activities and services to meet the needs of local people. In MIF17 Shabnam and Shakar Hussain of Rainbow Surprise walked the catwalk during What is the City but the People? and later that year they invited audiences into their home to be part of Dholki Festival in my House. Working closely with community organisations is essential to our year-round engagement and increasing access across the city.
Manchester Youth Zone
The young attendees of Manchester Youth Zone have attended workshops, socials as well as a number of MIF commissions over the last couple of years. In November 2018 we hosted our dance and spoken word battle BREATHE in their boxing ring. In the run up to MIF19 young people from the centre created their own bells during one our Bells for Peace workshops and joined thousands of others to ring them during our opening event.
During MIF19 we worked with Rainbow Noir to enable QTIPOC from across Manchester to access the Festival for free. They even got retweet from Janelle Monáe! Rainbow Noir also partnered with us to host ‘Kiki in our House’ in May 2020 when our focus shifted online during lockdown, they created a one-off quarantine kiki – a super-relaxed, youth-led, politically-driven voguing ball-from-home with the theme ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go’.