The 2011 MIF Creative programme involved more than 4,000 participants, 22 partners, and 116 schools. Pupils aged 9-13 from four schools in North Manchester trained for almost a year to take part in Victoria Wood's That Day We Sang. The choir took to the stage with Victoria's cast and crew at Manchester's Opera House, professionally recorded their own album, and delivered a packed-out performance at the Festival's Pavilion Theatre.
Another 21 schools and children's centres from across Greater Manchester helped MIF to shape Music Boxes, a series of musical experiences by artists such as Nik Ramage, Oily Cart and Cornershop, for ages six months to seven years, within a mini-city of shipping containers on the piazza at MediaCityUK.
For Sacred Sites, a partnership several years in the making between MIF, the Faith Network for Manchester and five local faith communities led to a series of leading devotional artists performing in sacred sites across the city.
Finally, MIF's long-term commitment to urgent stories of our time led to the exploration of an ambitious project to work with local people in Wythenshawe to create a new vertical farm in a disused tower block. The work launched in 2011 by Dickson Despommier developed into The Biospheric Project the following Festival.