Would you like to be a part of one of the world’s most dynamic and adventurous cultural festivals?

We couldn’t run Manchester International Festival (MIF) without the dedication, energy and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers. Some 507 volunteers got involved in MIF19, our last festival, doing everything from helping out with preparations to greeting the public at our events. Our diverse and supportive community of volunteers are one of our greatest assets – passionate about the arts, the Festival and our city. Our next festival takes place this summer, 1–18 July 2021.

We initially recruit all volunteers as Festival Fronteers, a hugely important audience-facing role – and in many ways, the public face of MIF. There are also opportunities to get involved in many other ways, from helping us test and prepare for shows to supporting artists and participants behind the scenes.


Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to connect with the Festival and the city whether you’re looking for an opportunity to go behind the scenes, gain customer service skills for the workplace or just do something different and fun in the company of a brilliant group of people.

Other benefits include invites to special events, MIF volunteer clothing and rucksacks, and (subject to availability) ticket offers and discounts. We reimburse all reasonable, out-of-pocket expenses relating to travel, subsistence and access requirements for everyone taking part in our volunteering programme.

To register your interest in volunteering at MIF21, follow this link to create a profile on our Volunteer Hub. If you have any questions before you apply, please email volunteering@mif.co.uk. The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 April.

After applications close, we’ll arrange virtual and in-person socially distant meeting days, where you can meet current MIF volunteers and ask them, and us, any questions you want about our volunteering programme. We’ll start confirming places in April/May, subject to the changing COVID-19 situation.

If you have any time to spare between now and MIF21 this summer, you may want to consider volunteering to support Manchester’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme (details here) – or perhaps you’d like to get involved in MIF’s year-round programme of activity? If so, sign up here.

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