Festival In My House and Yours

Festival in My House is returning later this year for a new series of online-only events – and we’re looking for new ideas from Greater Manchester artists to feature on the programme. Read on to find out how you can apply to host a future Festival in My House… And Yours. 


What it’s about

MIF’s long-running Festival in My House strand invites the residents of Greater Manchester to host micro-international festivals in the comfort of their very own homes. Since 2016, we’ve helped more than 30 residents to stage everything from poetry slams to food festivals for small audiences in homes across the region. 

In April, the COVID-19 lockdown sent the strand online. The first streaming-only series of Festival in My House… And Yours saw voguing parties, poetry performances and disco cookouts beamed directly from artists’ homes to audiences’ screens – you can catch up with them all at our website. 

MIF’s specially selected community panel is now on the lookout for Greater Manchester artists to develop new ideas for the next series of all-digital, lockdown-friendly Festivals in My House… And Yours, which will be bigger and more ambitious than ever. 


What we’re after

The next series of Festival in My House… And Yours will be loosely themed around the idea of connection. In these strange and challenging times, many of us have been feeling isolated and detached from the people and communities we hold near and dear. We’re encouraging artists to spark new connections – using art and creativity to shape fresh ways of finding intimacy in the new normal of our post-COVID world. 

We’re looking for new ideas that pioneer ways in which artists can connect with their communities – whether as audience members or as creative collaborators. Your festival might focus on specific themes or ideas that resonate with your intended audience, or it might find new ways for them to get involved in advance or on the day. Other than that? The page is blank and we’d love you to fill it. 

When you’re developing your idea, consider such elements as how you might use the different rooms in your home and the objects within it. Think about how different artforms or elements might play a part. Consider how live performances could mix with pre-recorded elements. And in common with previous Festivals in My House, think about how your idea could connect the local with the international – bringing you and your community together with the wider world. 

We’d love to hear from artists working in any genre and any style. The only qualification is that you must be resident of Greater Manchester. We’re particularly interested in hearing from artists from or working within Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, and from deaf or disabled artists. Please let us know if you have specific access needs so we can support you with both the application process and – if selected – realising your idea. 


What you’ll receive

If your idea is chosen for production via our selection process (see below), you’ll be given a budget of up to £1,800 to cover the costs of making it happen. Our team will work with you to agree the best ways to spend it. 

Our team will help you to develop your idea into the best possible online event, with specialist talent-development support in production, broadcast and marketing. You’ll also get constructive feedback on your work, both during and after the broadcast, from industry experts and audiences. 


What to do

Please submit a short video pitch (maximum 2 minutes) via our online form below by 8 October 2020. Your pitch should give a brief and basic overview of your proposal, including details of: 

  • Who you are 
  • Your idea and how you might bring it to life 
  • The audience you hope to reach 

You must be at least 18 years of age and resident in Greater Manchester to apply. 

Our new community panel will shortlist up to 15 artists to develop their initial ideas into a more detailed pitch, for which the artists will receive a fee of £100. These detailed pitches will be assessed by the panel, wholl choose the six ideas that will go forward into production. 

So get on your thinking caps and consider how to create new connections. We can’t wait to hear your ideas. 


Key dates

Wednesday 23 September (6-7pm): Information session on Zoom – email creativeengagement@mif.co.uk for a free invitation

Thursday 8 October: Applications close 

Friday 16 October: Shortlisted artists notified by email 

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 October (evening): Shortlisted artists to present detailed pitches 

Friday 30 October: Final selection of artists/ideas for production 

Saturday 7 & 14 November (10am-1pm): Artist development sessions for selected artists 


Any questions?  

If you have questions or need support preparing your application, please email creativeengagement@mif.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we canIf it’s more convenientwe can also arrange to give you a ring to talk it through on the phone. 


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