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. Find out more about our paid opportunities for GM creatives in our news section.
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 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.
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, Moston Miners Club and Victoria Square, as well as city-centre venues like Yes and Fairfield Social Club.
The People’s Forum
Inspired by ideas and suggestions during a number of consultation sessions, MIF launched the People’s Forum in early 2019, a group that meets regularly to help inform the development of MIF and The Factory. The group is made up of 15 members from across Greater Manchester, who were selected following an open call which saw over 100 people express their interest. The Forum provides a two way link between MIF and the community, providing direction for the organisation whilst helping us to engage with and understand what’s going on in the city.
Please email Ciaron.firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.
We also have an established young people’s forum (YPF) which has been running since early 2018, a collective that meets regularly to inform the development of MIF and The Factory from young people’s perspective whilst keeping us engaged with youth culture and issues in Manchester.
Photos © Richard Tymon, Ray Chan, Tarnish Vision
My Festival is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.