Thousands of Mancunians are bringing seven major new artworks to life for MIF19 this summer:

BELLS FOR PEACE (Thur 4 July), MIF19’s opening event, will include a people’s orchestra of handcrafted ceramic bells, which are currently being designed and created by hundreds of Greater Manchester residents at special workshops throughout the city and across the region.

School of Integration (5–20 July), created by artist Tania Bruguera, will feature unique classes given by people who have made Manchester their home from another country.

Parliament of Ghosts (5–21 July) will include a team of 30 ‘Everyday Experts’, working alongside artist Ibrahim Mahama, curators and conservation teams at the Whitworth to encourage visitors of all ages to explore an extraordinary collection of historical documents from Ghana.

The Anvil (Sun 7 July) is a day-long series of performances across Manchester inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, created by immersive theatre group ANU with people from across Greater Manchester – from cyclists to gardeners, activists to medical students. MIF and ANU are looking for people across Manchester to take part in activities and performances as part of The Anvil. To find out how you can get involved, click here.

Utopolis Manchester (10–13 July) will begin at a host of venues throughout the city centre – from cafés and shops to hair salons and dance studios. The various hosts are currently creating new audio material for the show, and are looking forward to welcoming audience members during the show’s MIF19 run in July.

Tuesday (10–21 July) stars a 30-strong chorus of Salford residents and amateur singers – and they’re already rehearsing ahead of the production’s premiere at the Grade I listed Victorian church of St Augustine’s, Pendlebury.

Animals of Manchester (20 & 21 July), which takes place on our closing weekend, will feature activities co-hosted by a team of Young Ambassadors from Claremont Primary School in Moss Side, and by classes of children from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School in Moston. We’re looking for participants – find out more here.

Come along and support your fellow Mancunians this summer. And if you’d like to get involved in future MIF productions, email

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