Manchester International Festival is a registered charity which receives around 40% of its running costs from public sector partners with the remaining 60% coming from co-commissioning, ticket sales, sponsorship and donations.
In 2011, MIF created 20 new commissions, which were seen by nearly a quarter of a million people. The Festival brought international artists such as Björk, Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe and Snoop Dog to Manchester to mix with home grown talent such as Victoria Wood, Johnny Vegas and WU LYF.
To enable this work to happen we rely on gifts of all sizes from individuals, trusts, foundations and sponsorship from organisations. With your help we are able to continue to create ground-breaking commissions and bring international artists to Manchester for 18 extraordinary days, every two years.
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Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work. The Festival programme features a wide range of work all specially created for the Festival, including music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events, some indoor and some outdoor, all presented by internationally acclaimed artists and co-producers.
MIF Creative is Manchester International Festival’s creative learning programme, launched in 2009. At its core is a series of commissions created by leading UK and international artists developing new work in collaboration with local communities.
As part of MIF Creative 09, Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller’s Procession ran through the streets of Manchester. It was over 12 months in the making and involved 1,700 local people from a broad spectrum of Manchester’s communities and in 2011 Biophilia Music School saw secondary school students from Wythenshawe meet Bjork and explore her inspirational ideas for fusing technology, music and science in Biophilia.
Many of our commissions, having had their world premiere in Manchester, then go on to tour the world.
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, starring Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramovic, with music written and performed by Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) and directed by Robert Wilson toured Europe in 2012 to sold out venues; the electrifying live art show 11 Rooms became 12 Rooms as part of 2012 Ruhr Triennale, with an extra room added by Damien Hirst and Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee, directed by Rufus Norris, opened at the English National Opera on 25 June 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival.