This summer, we’re again transforming Albert Square into Festival Square, the home of the Festival in the heart of the city.

Great food and drink, free live music and DJs, MIF tickets and more – every day and night during MIF19.

A great new look

Nicolas Henninger (Office for Crafted Architecture) and Paloma Gormley (Practice Architecture) are teaming up to give Festival Square an exciting new look, with contributions from Standard Practice and students from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

MIF19 Tickets & Information

See below for our bookable Walking Tours and Lazy Lunches and buy tickets for all MIF19 shows here.

JW Lees

Festival Square's official beer supplier, serving up beers, wines and soft drinks and a limited edition craft beer from The Boilerhouse

Honest Crust

Wood-fired pizzas and summer salads daily from Mackie Mayor & Altrincham Market favourite


Restaurant food on the go from Gary Usher's brand-new Kala

Manjit's Kitchen

Superb Indian vegetarian and vegan street food and snacks, all inspired by Manjit's Grandmother's recipes

Firebird Hope

Hatch favourite and YES resident, create a special Festival Square menu with free-range chicken thigh and homemade seitan

Idle Hands Coffee

Fresh coffee every day and espresso martinis by night, with tray bakes and the best vegan cherry pie

Gingers Comfort Emporium

Inventive and irresistible ice cream with a new MIF19 inspired flavour - the perfect treat

Paul Heathcote & Friends

Lancashire legend Paul Heathcote curates a series of Supper Clubs and Lazy lunches

Festival Square is open from noon till late, every day from Fri 5 July to Sun 21 July. The full live music programme will be announced in June.


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