Once again, Albert Square was converted into Festival Square for MIF, and served as the buzzing home of the Festival for 18 days. The new look for 2015 came courtesy of Ferrious design consultants and students from Manchester School of Art, MMU, continuing a collaboration with MIF that began in 2013.
In the Pavilion Theatre Drunk At Vogue and Cha Cha Boudoir, two of Manchester’s greatest club nights, teamed up for We Only Happen At Night, a spectacular package combining DJs, dancing and drag; Club Silencio’s resident DJ Erik Rug joined Dave Haslam for Yellow, the traditional MIF closing public party.
There was plenty of free entertainment across the Square; visitors we treated to live music by local acts on the Acoustic Stage and excellent nightly DJs in the Festival Pavilion. Heathcote & Co served terrific comfort food, alongside exquisite pizzas from Altrinchham’s Honest Crust, moreish ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and fare from a string of the North West’s best food traders, while Thwaites’ special Festival Ale was complemented by a full range of beers and wines.
We were also delighted to welcome The Mancorialst, who photographed visitors to the square throughout the Festival and posted the shots on an exclusive website MancorialistAtMIF.
The BBC made Festival Square their home during MIF with an exciting programme of events and shows across TV, Radio and online, including BBC2'S Newsnight, a BBC4 special entitled One Night in Manchester, BBC Radio 4's Front Row and BBC 6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie. CBeebies also joined in with CBeebies Swashbuckling Adventure taking place in Festival Square's Pavilion Theatre. Watch highlights from the BBC broadcasts here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e83n3d