MIF runs a year-round programme of creative and social activities right across Greater Manchester, from social evenings and library meet-ups to micro-festivals in people’s homes and one-off opportunities to develop your talent. All these events are completely free and open to all.

My Festival

The best way to stay in the know is to sign up to My Festival, MIF’s creative community, where you’ll join a growing network of people from all backgrounds, ages and corners of the city who are forging closer connections with MIF.

My Festival is recommended for anyone aged 16 or older. If you’re under 16, please email us for details on how you can join.

May Social

Join us for the last social before MIF19, these events are a fantastic opportunity to meet the MIF community and bring together a wide range of people linked to the Festival. This event has been curated by the MIF Youth Forum and will feature performances from some amazing local artists, as always it’s open to everybody and completely free.  To reserve your place click here.

Talking Points 

Join us for a series of free monthly conversations in the run-up to this summer’s Festival.

As part of Interdependence, our ideas programme, we’ll be hosting a series of daily public conversations during MIF19. We want you to be a part of them, giving your thoughts on some of the Festival’s key themes and ideas – from peace and protest to memory, change and much more besides.

Ahead of MIF19, join us for Talking Points. Over tea and refreshments, we’ll be kickstarting conversations on some of today’s most interesting and relevant subjects – and showing you how you can get involved with our Festival conversations series as a participant or as a co-host.


Upcoming events

The next Talking Points events are at 6pm on Monday 17 June and from 11am – 4:30pm on Sunday 23 June at Harpurhey Neighbourhood Centre (Carisbrook Street, Manchester M9 5UX). Admission is free and everyone’s welcome. You don’t need to book – but if you’d like to let us know you’re coming or just want more details, contact MIF’s Andrew Westle at or call 0161 817 4509. And don’t forget to check back here for details of future Talking Points conversations.

The People’s Forum

Inspired by ideas and suggestions during a number of consultation sessions, we’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the People’s Forum, a group that will meet regularly to help inform the development of MIF and The Factory.  This opportunity is open to people from Greater Manchester either with previous involvement or completely new to the Festival.

Please email to find out more information.

Youth Forum

We also have an established Youth Forum which has been running since early 2018. The purpose of the Youth Forum is to advise us on MIF and The Factory from a young person’s perspective, ensuring that our offer remains relevant and exciting to them. If you’re aged between 16-28 and would like to get involved please email


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My Festival is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.



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