Do you want to join the hundreds of people who take part in a unique new work of art – helping bring MIF19 to life?
Right now, we’re looking for people from across Greater Manchester to join us in the run-up to MIF19’s opening event on Thursday 4 July 2019 – Yoko Ono’s BELLS FOR PEACE. You can get involved in three ways:
Share your story
Do you have a bell with an interesting history – a family heirloom, perhaps? Is your school, college or community group interested in sharing your bell-related activities? Would you like to help us source a bell to be part of the event?
Make and customise a bell
Join one of our ceramics workshops, taking place in all 10 boroughs throughout May and June, to make your own bell to ring at the event.
Perform a vocal soundscape
Are you part of a Greater Manchester-based chorus or choir? Work with us to create a unique soundscape – then join thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells to sing out for peace in Cathedral Gardens.
Interested? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch.
Other exciting opportunities…
We’re also looking for people to take part in several other new shows, which we’ll be announcing as part of our full MIF19 programme announcement in March:
Do you live, own, work at, manage or run a space in Manchester city centre? We’re looking for a network of people across the city to host an exciting element of an MIF19 commission in their home or place of work, and to become involved in the creation of a new live show.
Intrigued? Check if your space falls within the red shaded area on our city-centre map – and if it does, fill in our online form to express your interest. We’ll be back in touch in the spring with more details. If you’ve got a question in the meantime, please email email@example.com
Are you an amateur singer interested in joining a community chorus that will play a role in one of our commissions? Register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Is the City but the People?
We’re looking for hundreds of people to participate in the big free opening event for MIF17. Taking place on 29 June, What Is the City but the People? will be a vibrant self-portrait of Manchester, featuring local residents of all ages, backgrounds and parts of the city. You’ll have a chance to share your story with the people of Manchester as you walk along a runway stretching more than 100 metres through Piccadilly Gardens. To find out more email email@example.com.
We’re looking for men aged 18+ to join the Chorus of Others in Fatherland, an ambitious new show about modern-day fatherhood. You’ll work with a vocal coach and two of the show’s co-creators, Karl Hyde from Underworld and Scott Graham from Frantic Assembly, before performing in the show at the Royal Exchange Theatre. You don’t need to read music or have any singing experience – just come and let your voice be heard.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Party Skills for the End of the World
Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of the acclaimed Shunt Collective are on the hunt for people aged 18+ to form a team of Party Skillers to help them teach the essential skills we’ll all need to survive an apocalypse or enhance a party. No experience necessary, just an enthusiasm to learn and demonstrate something new and become involved in an extraordinary performance project!
To find out more email email@example.com
We’re also working closely with local participants from across the city on three other MIF17 commissions:
Ceremony sees Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins returning Engels to the city where he made his name – in the form of a Soviet-era statue, collected from Russia, driven across Europe and permanently installed in the centre of the city. Performers, musicians and the people of Manchester will create an extraordinary live film to bring MIF17 to a close.
Manchester Street Poem, co-created by Underworld and individuals with personal experience of homelessness, will spotlight the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city. Find out more at mcrstreetpoem.com.
ToGather is a timely, poetic work by Susan Hefuna that addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of separation. The focal point will be a free event in Whitworth Park featuring local residents, originally from as far afield as Iran and Sierra Leone, alongside dancers from Company Wayne McGregor.