• 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

River of Fundament in America, Australia, Germany and around the world.

River of Fundament in America, Australia, Germany and around the world.

Read the latest news from our Apprentice Producer Tricia Coleman as she attends the European premiere in Munich.

The xx tours to New York

The xx tours to New York

First performed at MIF13.

Join the MIF team

Join the MIF team

Manchester International Festival has a vacancy.

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