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.