Since 2009, MIF has invited leading artists to create ambitious new work in partnership with the people of Greater Manchester. In MIF17 there were six Festival Commissions where people were invited to be part of the work including a chorus of men in Fatherland to Party Skillers in Party Skills for the End of the World. Sign up to My Festival to be the first to hear about the new opportunities to participate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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!
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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.