Host your own micro-international festival

Manchester International Festival is offering Greater Manchester residents the opportunity to host their own micro-international festival in their home or local area.

We’re looking for

  • Original ideas with a big ambition on a scale that allow you to try something new
  • Ideas that embrace the adventurous spirit of Manchester International Festival
  • Ideas with an international link, large or small
  • Ideas that can help you build skills and knowledge in a particular area

Since November 2016 MIF has been supporting people in Manchester to host inspiring and community building events in their own home from Parisian punk workshops and Dholki celebrations, spoken word and slam poetry in living rooms, to an alternative classical concert mixed with live art in an apartment block.

We are now looking for people outside of the city to get involved with Festival in My House* so if you live in Bury, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford or Wigan we want to hear from you! We’ll help you with event planning and producer support, as well as a budget of £1500.

PLUS for the very first time, we’ll also be working with people in Manchester to host a micro-international festival outside of their home with Festival in My Neighbourhood**. If you have an idea for a micro-international festival in your local area that involves partnering with other groups or individuals in a communal space such as your local park, library, football ground, place of worship, concert hall, library or similar, we can help with event planning and producer support, as well as a budget of £3000.

Music, dance, drama or visual art, there’s really no limit except your imagination. Once submitted, your idea will be selected against the above criteria by a panel of former hosts and the MIF team. You don’t have to have experience creating this type of event before – we’ll help you every step of the way.

If you have any questions please email MIF’s Community Producer, Rizwan Iqbal

For inspiration, you can listen to BBC Radio 4’s My House programme, a documentary on the Festival in My House series, and browse the previous Festival in My House events below.


Thank you to everyone who submitted an idea to host a micro-international festival in your house, the proposals will be reviewed on the 8 May by a panel formed of members of the MIF team and curators from previous Festival in My House events. If you missed the first deadline for the Festival in My House programme, you will be pleased to hear that you can still submit your ideas and they will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

We are still welcoming applications from Manchester wards to host a micro-international festival in your neighbourhood. The deadline for these applications is 1 June.

You can keep up-to-date with this and other conversations by joining MIF’s Creative Community Facebook page

Please download and complete the application form and email it to

Festival in My House and Neighbourhood are supported by AGMA, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

*For this round of Festival in My House we are only accept applications from Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

**For this round of Festival in My Neighbourhood we can only accept applications from Ancoats & Clayton, Ardwick, Baguley, Bradford (Manchester), Brooklands, Burnage, Charlestown, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton, Chorlton Park, Crumpsall, Didsbury East and West, Fallowfield, Gorton North & South, Harpurhey, Higher Blackley, Hulme, Levenshulme, Longsight, Manchester City Centre, Miles Platting & Newton Heath, Moss Side, Moston, Northenden, Old Moat, Rusholme, Sharston, Whalley Range, Withington and Woodhouse Park.

Previous Festival in my House events

Get involved

Every year thousands of people take part in Manchester International Festival – as volunteers and participants in shows, skills development workshops, creative activities or even as planners of their own micro-international Festivals for their friends and neighbors.

This year we’ve launched My Festival, a new creative community for MIF and a way of keeping up to date with (and helping shape) what MIF is doing locally. It’s a way of connecting with MIF, and all of our brilliant local contributors, year-round.

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