• MIF Creative 2013: Sacred Sounds Women's Choir

  • MIF Creative 2013: The Biospheric Project

  • MIF Creative 2013: Once Upon a Story

  • MIF Creative 2011: That Day We Sang

  • MIF Creative 2011: Vertical Farm

  • MIF Creative 2011: Sacred Sites

  • MIF Creative 2011: Music Boxes

  • MIF Creative 2009: Amadou & Mariam and The Beating Wing Orchestra

  • MIF Creative 2009: Procession

  • MIF Creative 2009: Something in the Air

  • MIF Creative 2009: The Difference Engine

MIF Creative:
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 John Tavener, 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.

MIF News

MIF13 One Year On

MIF13 One Year On

One year after MIF13, we've been reminiscing about the Festival on our Twitter and Facebook pages

MIF15 Save the Date

MIF15 Save the Date

MIF15 will take place from 2 - 19 July

14 Rooms at Art Basel

14 Rooms at Art Basel

Round-up of press coverage

Great Reviews for Macbeth at Park Avenue Armory

Great Reviews for Macbeth at Park Avenue Armory

MIF13's Macbeth opens to great reviews at Park Avenue Armory, New York.

MIF Touring Update

MIF Touring Update

Tricia Coleman and Paul Clay update us on MIF Touring

A Look Back at 11 Rooms

A Look Back at 11 Rooms

Before the opening of 14 Rooms at Art Basel

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