Festival in My House invites Greater Manchester residents to host their own micro-international festival at home. We’ve helped people present everything from slam poetry to classical music in homes across Manchester – and we’re looking for people who would like to follow suit.

You don’t have to have experience in event production. We’ll help you every step of the way with event planning and support from one of our experienced producers, as well as a budget of £1,500. Music, dance, drama, visual art – there’s really no limit except your imagination.

We’re looking for:

  • Original ideas with a big ambition on a scale that allow you to try something new
  • Ideas that embrace MIF’s adventurous spirit
  • Ideas with an international link, large or small
  • Ideas that could help you build skills and knowledge in a particular area

How to apply

We accept applications on an ongoing basis, and we review all submitted ideas with a panel of former Festival in My House hosts. You can expect to hear back from us within four weeks.

To submit your idea, please download and complete the application form below and email it to fimh@mif.co.uk.

If you’d prefer to chat with us before you apply, please email Rizwan Iqbal, MIF’s Community Producer, at rizwan.iqbal@mif.co.uk.

Please be aware that Festival in My House is designed for people who have never created an arts festival or event before, and isn’t a professional work engagement or artist commission.

Need more inspiration?

Listen to BBC Radio 4’s My House programme, a documentary on the Festival in My House series, or browse the previous Festival in My House events below.


Download the FiMH application form

Festival in My House is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

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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