MIF mounts a festival at your house

GirlGang Manchester. Pic: Annie Feng


Paul Genty

15 Jan 2021

Festival puts much of its new work online

Artists from across Greater Manchester are to host monthly micro-festival events from their homes to yours.

Following a successful online programme last summer, Manchester International Festival  is again supporting artists and collectives from across the area in hosting online events each month until May as part of Festival In My House… And Yours. All events will be free and streamed on MIF’s YouTube channel.

Already live, A Woman’s Place is in the Home is an ambitious online cross art-form event from Megan Marie Griffith, Shonagh Short, Jenny Gaskell, Justina Aina and Lowri Evans of Girl Gang Manchester. Watch it here.

First in the new year (January 21, 7pm) are Simone French, Tracey Gibbs, Tom Halls and Rebecca Taylor, a group of designers, producers and performers, who met following an MIF Matchmakers event. In Rebels of Extinction they will invite viewers to restyle, re-educate and repurpose their wardrobe as they reflect on sustainable methods to stay fashionable.

Visually impaired artist Elizabeth Wainwright of Engage to Stage in Bury, presents Playing Through The Looking Glass (February 25, a series of online workshops on clowning, movement and theatre.

Josh Wilkinson and Chloe Barlow, of North Manchester theatre company Malandra Jacks, are working with artists from Moston to host Arty Farty (March 25), exploring what it means to be young and working class today – while parodying all things arty.

Black Stories Matter (April 29), curated by Ronke Jane Adelakun and Adeola Adelakun, explores the day-to-day struggles of Black people dating and in the workplace through imagery, poetry and storytelling.

The final event in the series is from Manchester Urban Diggers, which presents MUD Kitchen (May 27), a series of streamed outdoor cooking workshops run by people living around Platt Fields Park.

The pandemic has led MIF to find ways to support artists and creatives in the area and so far these have included online remote residencies, digital workshops, bespoke funding for music industry professionals and regular online drop-in sessions for freelancers and creatives, MIF Matchmakers.

Full details of the season here