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Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK. MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

We believe in cultural democracy – it is everyone’s right to help shape our culture. Our artists, audiences, participants and staff reflect the diversity of our global city. We involve a wide-ranging community in our decisions, programmes and plans. We create meeting spaces for the city and the world, and a generous welcome to all.

Our training academy develops the next generation of technicians, producers, and arts professionals – and provides support for young people from all backgrounds to forge a career in the creative industries. We provide emerging artists with the opportunity to see world-leaders at work.

Our work is international in spirit and practice. We collaborate with venues, festivals and companies across the world to commission artists together. Many of our productions tour globally, and we share ideas, projects and training with our peers worldwide.

MIF will also be the operator for The Factory, the new world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester, designed by internationally-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. Due to open in 2021, The Factory will commission, present and produce a year-round programme, featuring new work from the world’s greatest artists and offering a space to make, explore and experiment.

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Brand Value

EXTRAORDINARY We step out of the everyday.

OPEN We are generous and welcoming to everyone.

DETERMINED We are brave, at times, willful. We will always do things differently.

INVENTIVE We explore new ways of working; thinking and creating – we embrace the new and the different.

INTERNATIONAL We share ideas, projects, skills and training with our peers worldwide, bringing together extraordinary teams of artists from all over the world.

 

MIF provides space for great artists from around the world to do extraordinary things: things they’ve always dreamed of doing, things they might not be able to do anywhere else. We’re transforming how artists can create this work through pioneering training, development and employment opportunities.

 

We share our ideas with our international partners and collaborators to generate new thinking and debate. We believe in cultural democracy - that everyone has the right to help shape our culture.

 

We live by our values – open, determined, inventive, extraordinary and international. Central to our mission, vision and values is that our artists, audiences, participants and staff represent the diversity of our global city.

Diversity & Inclusion

“Manchester International Festival is grounded in our city and engages with the world. We aim to reflect the great diversity of Manchester, and our planet, in all aspects of our work – artists, audiences, staff, participants, board members, and partner companies. We invite and welcome input on how we can do this effectively from the many individuals and communities with whom we aim to work in ever more exciting ways.” - John McGrath Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Manchester International Festival

 

During MIF19 we had 51 permanent staff – of which 23% identified as BAME/non-white, 10% declared themselves as having a disability and 18% identified as LGBTQ+.

Since MIF19 we have already recruited 13 new roles as we move towards The Factory – of which 46% identified as BAME/non-white, 8% declared themselves as having a disability, 18% identified as LGBTQ+.

 

We are continually reviewing recruitment processes and our internal support for all employees as part of our ongoing commitment to diversifying the workforce in the creative industries.

 

“My highlight has been joining the MIF Pride Group, and later becoming co-chair. The group works to improve LGBTQ+ equality and representation at MIF, and we’ve achieved a lot since forming in March/April 2019. We’ve signed MIF up to the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, walked in the Manchester Pride Parade, and completed the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index which assesses how well MIF supports its LGBTQ+ employees and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. This has been really important to me on a personal level, and as newly appointed co-chair of the group it’s a great professional opportunity as well.” – Martha Tomlinson, Development Administrator, and co-chair of the Pride Working Group

 

 

Benefits at Manchester International Festival

List of all the benefits that Manchester International Festival are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Annual Leave - 25 Days
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial Incentives (Stocks, Share Options)
  • Health & Wellness (Mental & Physical)
  • Interest-Free Travel Season Ticket Loan

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