The MIF21 Creative Fellowships offered five Greater Manchester-based artists and creatives the unique opportunity to connect with our team, our artists and the MIF21 Festival. Each Creative Fellow shadowed the artistic team working on a major Festival show, getting an insider’s view into its creation, production and presentation. Meet all five MIF21 Creative Fellows below:
Audrey Albert is a Mauritius-born, Manchester-based maker, artist and photographer whose research-led practice enables her to consider and investigate themes of national identity, collective memory, displacement, tradition and denial. Her main creative media are digital and analogue photography, but she also explores camera-less ways of sharing her research and creativity. Her work Matter Out of Place has been exhibited in Manchester, Arles in France, Pingyao in China, and Mauritius. Selected for the Future Fires 2020 programme at Contact, she is currently working on Chagossians of Manchester, a socially-engaged art project.
Vince Atta is a comedian, musician and Mancunian, raised in Moss Side and Whalley Range. A professional stand-up comedian for over 10 years, headlining across the UK and Europe, he was the arena tour support for Jason Manford in 2018, which included performing at a sold-out Manchester Arena, and has written and performed three solo Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows: Massive Attack, Loopzilla and Vince Atta Is Not Black Enough!. He infuses music into his comedy, using a Loop Station to create live beats, and is currently writing a musical based around Moss Side in the 1980s. His work has a strong focus on the mixed-race experience.
Raheel Khan is a producer, musician and field recordist whose work combines piano compositions, fragmented textures and field recordings to explore notions of heritage, society and the inertia of cultural progression. Mileage, his recent project, uses recordings from taxi journeys to champion the voices of often-unsung heroes while blurring lines between service user/giver and hospitality giver/receiver. His work has been released on the Reel Long Overdub and Banana Hill labels and broadcast on the BBC Asian Network. He has worked in residence at the Royal Exchange and performed at the Soup Kitchen, Band on the Wall and the Glastonbury Festival.
Yandass Ndlovu is a dancer, actor and choreographer from Manchester, and the Founder of I M Pact. A graduate with First Class BA (Hons) Dance & Performance degree from Arden School of Theatre, she performed in MIF15 and MIF17 as part of FlexN and in MIF19 in Alphabus, and last year created WOZA!, an MIF Festival in My House…and Yours event that premiered under lockdown in May 2020. Her other credits include Macbeth, Our Town and Jubilee at the Royal Exchange Theatre; Birth (Orchid & Q and Q) at the World Health Organisation, Geneva; Yandass.mov (Random Acts, Channel 4); The X Factor (ITV); and the 2019 film Icaria.
Corey Weekes is an actor, writer and director. Since graduating from ALRA North in 2018 with a degree in acting, Corey has worked in regional and West End theatres, TV and film. He is the Founder of the Vision Centre for Actors, an affordable part-time acting school, and the Vision Production Company, producing theatre and film that gives a voice to the voiceless, and aims to be a pioneer in the main-staging of ‘underclass’ and working-class stories. His new show Rapsody, about four young hostel inhabitants who find solace in rap music, is set to make its debut at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry next year.