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 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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