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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


Artists from across Greater Manchester, supported by Manchester International Festival (MIF), host monthly micro-festival events from their own homes.

Following a successful programme of online events presented last summer in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, MIF are again supporting artists and collectives from across Greater Manchester to host online events each month (December 2020 - May 2021) as part of Festival In My House… And Yours, MIF’s popular micro-festival series reimagined for the digital realm. All events will be free and streamed via 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.

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!”

First in the new year Simone French, Tracey Gibbs, Tom Halls and Rebecca Taylor - a group of designers, producers and performers who met following an MIF Matchmakers event - invited viewers to re-style, re-educate and repurpose their wardrobes as they reflect on sustainable methods to stay fashionable in Rebels of Extinction.

Visually impaired artist Elizabeth Wainwright of Engage to Stage in Bury, presents Playing Through The Looking Glass (Thursday 25 February) - a series of online workshops on clowning, movement and theatre to bring together and showcase the talent within the visually impaired creative community.

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

Black Stories Matter (Thursday 29 April), 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.

For the final Festival in My House… And Yours in this series, Manchester Urban Diggers will present MUD Kitchen ­(Thursday 27 May) – a specially curated series of streamed outdoor cooking workshops run by members of the community around Platt Fields Park.

With the creative community seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis, MIF has been finding ways to offer support to artists and creatives based in Greater Manchester. Other initiatives have included online Remote Residencies, digital workshops, bespoke funding for music industry professionals and regular online drop-in sessions for freelancers and creatives to offer advice, build networks and begin new collaborations through MIF Matchmakers.MIF has also continued to actively support and be part of GM Artist Hub, offering advice and resources to the independent practitioners, artists, and companies of Greater Manchester.

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

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