Festival in My House

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

We’re looking for

  • Ideas from residents who have never done this before
  • 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

We are currently looking for people outside of the city to get involved with Festival in My House* so if you live in Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Tameside 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.

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.

This is a primarily an opportunity for people who have never created an event like this before. Festival in My House is not a professional work engagement and beyond the allocation of a budget to realise your Festival idea – most hosts are not paid for their involvement.

We have already received and reviewed applications from Bury, Rochdale and Trafford and look forward to sharing more details of these events soon.

PLUS for the very first time, we have been working with people in Manchester to host a micro-international festival outside of their home with Festival in My Neighbourhood. More details to be announced shortly!

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 again to everyone who submitted an idea to host a micro-international festival in your house or neighbourhood. We have selected a number of ideas with the help of our panel of curators and hosts from previous Festival in My House events.
We are currently welcoming applications from Oldham, Tameside, Stockport and Wigan to host a micro-international festival in their home.

Apply now
Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and we encourage you to get in touch to discuss your idea.
Please don’t let the application form put you off from applying. We want to hear all about your ideas.

For more information please contact Community Producer, Rizwan Iqbal rizwan.iqbal@mif.co.uk

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 fimh@mif.co.uk .

Download the FiMH application form

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

*For this round of Festival in My House we are only accepting applications from Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Wigan.

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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