Group photo of young people inside a bedroom with audio equipment and instruments

Whether you want to get involved in creative activities, help shape our programme or develop your own skills and experiences, there’s something for you.

We’d love you to explore our pages and learn how you can get involved with MIF. If you have any enquiries please email

  • Take Part

    Planning for MIF21 is well underway and as always there will be plenty of ways that you, your friends, family and communities can take part.

  • Volunteer at MIF

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

  • Creative Development

    MIF offers local artists, students, school groups and members of the public a fantastic range of talent development opportunities all year round.

Festival in my house and yours

Young woman standing behind a microphone in front of a DJ setup

During Lockdown we’ve been supporting Greater Manchester creatives develop and present new artworks and events online. Festival in my House … And Yours.


MIF has worked with Manchester Communications Academy on several projects over the last few years including bringing INUK by Studio ORKA to the car park and our Creative Critics programme during MIF19. As one of our key education partners we are constantly exploring ways of working together to engage their students in arts and culture.

Manchester Communications Academy

Rainbow Surprise are a community organisation based in Crumpsall that provide diverse activities and services to meet the needs of local people. In MIF17 Shabnam and Shakar Hussain of Rainbow Surprise walked the catwalk during What is the City but the People? and later that year they invited audiences into their home to be part of Dholki Festival in my House. Working closely with community organisations is essential to our year-round engagement and increasing access across the city.

Rainbow Surprise

The young attendees of Manchester Youth Zone have attended workshops, socials as well as a number of MIF commissions over the last couple of years. In November 2018 we hosted our dance and spoken word battle BREATHE in their boxing ring. In the run up to MIF19 young people from the centre created their own bells during one our Bells for Peace workshops and joined thousands of others to ring them during our opening event.

Manchester Youth Zone

During MIF19 we worked with Rainbow Noir to enable QTIPOC from across Manchester to access the Festival for free. They even got retweet from Janelle Monáe! Rainbow Noir also partnered with us to host ‘Kiki in our House’ in May 2020 when our focus shifted online during lockdown, they created a one-off quarantine kiki – a super-relaxed, youth-led, politically-driven voguing ball-from-home with the theme ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go’.

Rainbow Noir

We’d love you to explore our pages and learn how you can get involved with MIF. If you have any enquiries please email