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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.


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, 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 to find out more information.


We also have an established Young People’s Forum (YPF) which has been running since early 2018, a collective of individuals from Greater Manchester aged between 16 and 28 that meets regularly to inform the development of MIF and The Factory from young people’s perspectives whilst keeping us engaged with youth culture and issues in Manchester.

Find out about A Conversation for Change, a Young People’s Forum led project responding to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement around the World – celebrating the solidarity shown by the Black community and exploring how to effect change within the arts sector in Manchester.

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



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