International Artists. Local People. Extraordinary Experiences.
In 2009, Manchester International Festival launched MIF Creative, a commissioning programme to leave a legacy for the Festival by encouraging leading international artists and cultural practitioners to work with local people of all ages and backgrounds to unlock their talent.
To date, the programme has seen artists as diverse as Victoria Wood, Björk, Jeremy Deller and Amadou & Mariam working with equally diverse Mancunians, from faith groups, to schools to refugee and asylum seeker musicians. A key aim of the programme is to develop new partnerships between MIF and cultural or social organisations across the city to inspire new productions and experiences with lasting local impact.
MIF Creative commissions sit at the heart of the Festival, and each share MIF’s principles of innovation, originality, internationalism and of developing high quality and inspiring cultural work.
For 2013, MIF Creative presented three commissions including a new composition by John Tavener for the MIF Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir formed from faith communities across Greater Manchester; The Biospheric Project, the transformation of a three-storey mill in Salford into a thriving urban farm, research centre and community food production hub and Once Upon a Story, which sees leading Belgian director, Inne Goris, working in schools with children from across Greater Manchester, as well as premiering her work for families and young people at Manchester Town Hall.
MIF Creative is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.