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Manchester International Festival: the official report

MIF is back for round two

Published on January 16th 2008.

Manchester International Festival: the official report

The results are in, the figures have been counted. According to an independent evaluation report, Manchester International Festival (MIF) 2007, met and exceeded expectations.

The first Manchester International Festival ran from 28 June to 15 July 2007. An artist-led festival of original, new work, the hundred plus shows that made up last year’s festival included the performance exhibition Il Tempo del Postino, Monkey: Journey to the West, and the The Pianist.

The Ascent of Manchester measured the success of the festival against its aims and targets. The evaluation project was researched by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre and Arts About Manchester.These were the results.

There was an audience of more than 200,000 (40,000 more than anticipated). The festival created 25 world premieres against a target of 10, with a total of 105 different activities in 25 venues. MIF secured the greatest amount of sponsorship ever raised by a UK arts festival and broke even on a £9 million turnover. The festival produced three events with international co-commissioning partners and five events with local and national co-commissioning partners.

The festival also collaborated with over 80 Manchester and Salford arts and community organizations, recruiting a task force of almost 300 volunteers. The festival generated an economic impact to the value of £28.8m, against a target of £19.1m.

A separate report commissioned by Manchester Confidential also found in the festival’s favour. It read, “It pissed it down every day but the festival was a cracking do and roll on 2009. And can we have that bar back in the tent next to Manchester Central pretty soon as we’re worried Sir Richard Leese, Tom Bloxham and festival director Alex Poots don’t have anywhere to drink.”

As for future festivals, the dates for the MIF 2009 are Thursday 2-Sunday 19 July 2009.

Submissions for The Manchester Open, a new commissioning initiative set up by the festival for artists or organisations in Manchester, closes on Friday 1 February 2008. This is offering as much as £100,000 each, for up to three commissions which will be developed and produced by the Manchester International Festival as part of the 2009 or 2011 Festival. For more information visit www.mif.co.uk/news

The line-up for the 2009 Manchester International Festival will be announced later this year.

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special kJanuary 16th 2008.

tells you something eh? No one has posted anything about MIF!!!!! - was/is it really that dull!

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