Your Safety


Welcome back to MIF

We are delighted to be returning this July for our eighth Festival. Over the last year we have been planning a festival that offers the same range of exciting new work and special events with your safety and comfort as the highest priority.

As well as events on stage, there are more free and outdoor events than ever before and a rich online offer to experience the Festival wherever you are.

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The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety consultants to ensure all our venues are COVID-safe and secure for everyone.


Frequently Asked Questions


We are committed to providing a safe Festival for the widest possible audience to enjoy that responds to the latest government guidance on when lockdown restrictions can be eased.

Provided the Government has moved forward into Step 3 of the roadmap by 1 July as planned, events will take place safely in indoor locations with COVID-19 compliant measures in place.

We will continue to review Government guidance throughout.

All our indoor venues will be tailored to accommodate safe numbers for the space available and to take into account all aspects of the event from arrival through to departure. This may include:

  • Limited visitor numbers and tickets
  • COVID-19 compliant seating 
  • COVID-19 compliant entry and exit to venues 
  • Face covering 
  • One way systems 
  • Sanitising stations
  • Personal Protective Equipment for staff and volunteers

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable Festival for everyone, we will continue to respond to government and industry guidance, which may require additional measures to be put in place.

Full details of our COVID-19 safety measures will be published when tickets are available from Thu 20 May 2021. 

All venues have been tailored to accommodate safe numbers for the space available and to take into account all aspects of the event from arrival through to departure.

We continue to monitor Government guidance, but we are currently planning for COVID-19 compliant (Step 3) Festival. Our emphasis is on providing a safe Festival for the widest possible audience to enjoy.

Yes, if the event is cancelled do the COVID-19 restrictions we will refund the full cost of your ticket. 

We want to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy MIF21: in person at live events, through our free public artworks and online. We’ll announce access performances and provide detailed access information when tickets go on sale. If you’d like to receive news about access performances by email, register for an MIF account, click ‘Other Preferences’, select your access requirement and then click ‘Email me updates about accessible events at MIF’.

A rich online offer will provide a window into the Festival wherever audiences are - and includes live streams and work created especially for the digital realm. Sign up to our e-newsletter to keep up to with all our annoucements.

MIF21 tickets will be available from Thursday 20 May. MIF Members get priority booking. Click here to become and MIF Member.


Visitor Information


For the most up-to-date information on visiting Manchester go to Visit Manchester’s website.