Thousands of people take part in each Manchester International Festival – as volunteers, as participants in shows, in skills development workshops and creative activities, or even as planners of their own micro-international festival. Whether you want to help shape our programme or uncover your own creative skills and experiences, we want to hear from you.
Connect: Keep up to date with what we’re doing locally by joining My Festival, our year-round creative community. You’ll be the first to hear about opportunities to get involved in MIF, and you can meet inspirational people from all across the city at our quarterly socials and other special events.
Participate: We’d love you to be part of an MIF show, working with leading artists from around the world as they create and present their work here in Manchester. For MIF19, this could include taking part in Yoko Ono’s BELLS FOR PEACE, as thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells ring and sing out for peace in Cathedral Gardens – click here to find out more.
Curate: If you want to develop your own creative ideas or learn more about how to make a Festival happen, you can apply to host an event in our Festival in My House series – staging your very own micro-festival in your own home. We’ll give you a budget and the support of one of our expert producers.
Develop: MIF offers local artists, school groups and members of the public a fantastic range of talent development opportunities all year round, from six-month creative trainee programmes to one-off events open to anyone who would like to develop their creativity.
Volunteer: Our diverse community of volunteers is one of our greatest assets: passionate about the arts, the Festival and our city. If you’d like to join them, helping us to stage MIF19 while learning new skills along the way, find out more on our volunteer pages.
We’d love you to explore our pages and learn how you can Get Involved with MIF. If you have any specific access enquiries please contact Kate Houlton, MIF’s Community Coordinator, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (0161 817 4535).