Manchester International Festival returns with 'Festival in my house... and Yours' 

A brand new online micro-festival to support Greater Manchester's artists and collectives.

By Alex Watson | 15 January 2021

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Festival in my house… and Yours‘ is a new micro-festival series from MIF taking place entirely online to support artists and collectives across Greater Manchester.

It comes after a successful online summer programme last year when Covid-19 first hit.

There will be a whole range of events taking place, first on the line up sees a group of designers, producers and performers who met a MIF Matchmakers event, Simone French, Tracey Gibbs, Tom Halls and Rebecca Taylor.

They will be inviting viewers to re-style, re-education and repurpose their wardrobes to reflect sustainable and fashionable methods in Rebels of Extinction.

Credit: Annie Feng

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

Megan Marie Griffiths, Artistic Director of Girl Gang Manchester, said, “It’s been really exciting to get this opportunity and we’re so excited by all the other five groups that are presenting work!”

You can watch ‘A Woman’s Place is in the Home’ here.

Credit: David Hall

Taking place in Bury is ‘Playing Through The Looking Glass’ by visually impaired artist Elizabeth Wainwright. The event will see a series of online workshops on clowning, movement and theatre to bring together and showcase the talent within the visually impaired creative community.

You can also see ‘Arty Farty’ an exploration of what it means to be young and working-class today by Josh Wilkinson and Chloe Barlow, of North Manchester theatre company Malandra Jacks.

Credit: Sam Marvell

Black Stories Matter curated by Ronke Jane Adelakun and Adeola Adelakun, sets about to explore the day-to-day struggles of black people in the workplace and dating through imagery, poetry and storytelling.

Festival in My House… And Yours will finalise with Manchester Urban Diggers as they present a specially curated series of streamed outdoor cooking workshops at Platt Fields Park in MUD Kitchen.


Rebels of Extinction
Simone French, Tracey Gibbs, Tom Halls and Rebecca Taylor
Thursday 28 January 2021, 7pm

Playing Through the Looking Glass
Elizabeth Wainwright
Thursday 25 February 2021, 7pm

Arty Farty
Malandra Jacks
Thursday 25 March 2021, 7pm

Black Stories Matter
Ronke Jane Adelakun and Adeola Adelakun
Thursday 29 April 2021, 7pm

MUD Kitchen
Manchester Urban Diggers
Thursday 27 May 2021, 7pm

All events are free and streamed via MIF’s Youtube channel.