School & college collaborations

All year round, we support creative learning in schools and colleges around Greater Manchester – and for MIF19, we’ll be helping pupils of all ages to develop their creativity through several key initiatives inspired by some of the world premieres on our Festival programme.


Atmospheric Memory free education programme

Together with the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) and FutureEverything, we’re creating an engagement programme inspired by Atmospheric Memory, a new work by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that uses both state-of-the-art technology and classic effects to transform air turbulence caused by speech into something we can see, hear and even touch.

We’re inviting school groups to experience this immersive installation throughout MIF19 – and all tickets for school groups will be free when booked in advance. In the lead up to the Festival, we’ll also be inviting pupils from Greater Manchester schools to respond creatively to Lozano-Hemmer’s amazing ‘Atmospheric Machines’.

If you’re interested in bringing a school group to Atmospheric Memory, please email

The Atmospheric Memory education programme is supported by Granada Foundation.


Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ)

Thirteen children from Claremont Primary School in Moss Side have joined us as Young Ambassadors to discover more about live art and help create Performing Animals, a key part of MIF19’s Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ). Our Young Ambassadors have worked with artist Sibylle Peters, the project’s co-curator and lead artist, to choose six artists from around the globe to take part in the event, which will take place at the Whitworth and in Whitworth Park on the Festival’s closing weekend (20–21 July). Each of the selected artists will create a 30-minute performance lecture for children and families, which will be co-hosted by our Young Ambassadors at the event. We’ll announce the full schedule closer to the Festival.


Creative Critics

Creative Critics encourages children and young people to engage more deeply with art as both audience members and arts critics. The project celebrates young people’s unique voices while also helping them to develop their critical appreciation and communication skills – in the words of Judith Mackrell, The Guardian’s dance critic, giving them ‘confidence to trust their own curiosity, their own reactions’.

Through Creative Critics, we’ll be inviting pupils from Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey and Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe to attend MIF19 performances and then write reviews that we’ll publish on the MIF website.

Creative Critics is an All Ways Making project presented in partnership with MIF19 and supported by Arts Council England.


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