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.

Talking Points

Talking Points is a new MIF initiative for which residents of North Manchester host informal conversations about themes inspired by MIF artworks. The programme launched during MIF19, when conversations on everything from change to cohesion and peace to protest took place in pubs, libraries and food halls around the city.

MIF Socials

Our quarterly socials are a fantastic opportunity to connect with the team from MIF, meet new people and take part in creative activities. Everyone is welcome and admission is always free. We’ve previously held them at community spaces such as Hulme Community Garden Centre and Moston Miners Club, as well as city-centre venues like Yes and Fairfield Social Club. Our next social will take place on Sat 5 October at Victoria Square in Ancoats, click the link for the MIF social to book your place, completely free.

The People’s Forum

Inspired by ideas and suggestions during a number of consultation sessions, we recently launched the People’s Forum, a group that meets regularly to help inform the development of MIF and The Factory.  Recruitment is currently closed but we are always keen to hear from people who feel they have something to contribute.

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. We will soon be recruiting new members to join the group, if you’re aged between 16-25 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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