Launched in November 2016, My Festival is MIF’s new creative community. It’s designed to bring the people of Manchester closer to the Festival – and bring the Festival closer to the people of Manchester.

The My Festival Circle will help to support a number of exciting new initiatives that MIF are presenting and producing under the My Festival umbrella. These initiatives include:

  • The launch of a city-wide community of creative citizens who will contribute to every stage in the cycle of each Festival
  • The development of a series of large-scale participatory works, created by international artists in partnership with local people (similar in spirit to the works commissioned at previous Festivals by MIF Creative)
  • Festival in My House, which will see local people work with MIF to stage micro-international festivals in their homes
  • An array of educational initiatives and other creative development activities across Manchester

As a member of the My Festival Circle, you’ll receive a number of unique benefits as a thank-you for your generous support:

  • Opportunities to meet the My Festival team and learn first-hand about all the My Festival initiatives
  • Personal invitations for you and a guest to a special backstage/venue tour or rehearsal of an MIF19 commission
  • Personal invitations for you and your guests to preview performances and the opening night of My Festival commissions at MIF19
  • Personal invitations for you and a guest to the first MIF19 announcement in autumn 2018 and the official MIF19 launch in spring 2019, plus a confidential run-through of the programme
  • Exclusive invitations to other pre-Festival gatherings with MIF donors and the MIF team
  • Personal invitations for you and a guest to the MIF19 VIP First Night Party (Thu 4 July 2019)
  • A personal invitation for you and a guest to the MIF Chairman’s Brunch during MIF19
  • Tickets for MIF commissions up to a value of £500, with a bespoke priority ticketing service and support from a dedicated Account Manager
  • Access to exclusive MIF events, such as previews and artist Q&As
  • The chance to attend one national or international MIF touring show
  • Named acknowledgment and recognition on the MIF website, in the programmes for MIF commissions, in the MIF19 brochure and in the post-Festival MIF Little Black Book and Little Blue Book

The impact and legacy of My Festival will be both far-reaching and long-lasting. To become a member of the MIF Festival Circle and support this valuable work, we suggest making a minimum donation of £10,000, either as a one-off payment or in instalments. As MIF is a registered charity, all but £925 of your donation will be eligible for Gift Aid – which increases the value of your gift to us by 25%.

To learn more about how you can add your support this dynamic international programme, please contact Jenny Mungall, MIF Development Director, +44 (0)161 817 4516 or

My Festival Circle
Our sincere thanks are due to all members of the My Festival Circle for their support of this pioneering new initiative.

  • Tom & Jo Bloxham
  • Scott Fletcher
  • Bill & Julie Holroyd (Founders)
  • Nick & Chris Hopkinson
  • John Kennedy CBE
  • John & Sally Roberts
  • Roisin Timpson
  • Ross Warburton & Caroline Barnard


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