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.

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 who have had some sort of previous engagement with MIF through its Get Involved Programme. Click here to find out more information and how to apply.

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 Ciaron.wilkinson@mif.co.uk

Perform on Festival Square

We’re looking for exciting performers and artists in every genre from Greater Manchester to showcase their talents on Festival Square this summer.

For 18 extraordinary days, Festival Square (in Albert Square) is the home of MIF in the heart of the city: always busy, always buzzing and always free. During MIF19, which takes place 4-21 July, we’ll be presenting live performers from across the city in a multitude of diverse genres and styles, from choirs and brass bands to dance collectives and steel drums and everything in between – the main thing we ask from our artists is that you try to create a joyous sense of occasion and leave your audience smiling.

Interested? If so, please email a short video of you in action to creativeengagement@mif.co.uk by Monday 4 March 2019, either as an attachment or as a URL, along with:

  • Name of your act
  • Contact name
  • Email address
  • Short description of your performance (maximum 100 words); note that we would be delighted to present accessible performances
  • Availability (4-7pm daily) between Friday 5 and Sunday 21 July

Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 1 April 2019, and will then be invited to perform in a 5.30-7pm slot on Festival Square some time between Friday 5 and Sunday 21 July 2019. All acts will be paid for their performances on the Square.

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



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