Associate Artist Opportunity, Manchester International Festival/Z-Arts/Theatre Rites

Associate Artist Opportunity, Manchester International Festival/Z-Arts/Theatre Rites

  • 31st March 2017
  • Part time
  • Paid (£10k-15k pro rata)
  • Paul

To find out more about this opportunity please go to our MIF website –

Join the welcoming party! MIF, Theatre-Rites and Z-arts are looking for six freelance artists to work with them on an enrichment programme around the world premiere of new commission,The Welcoming Party(4 – 16 July).

Background to the production

Theatre-Rites – one of Europe’s most imaginative theatre companies – will be giving a warm welcome to new arrivals as part of immersive showThe Welcoming Party. Audiences will embark on an exciting journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science & Industry, walking alongside people who have travelled here from towns and cities far beyond Manchester, all looking for a place where they can feel safe.

The Welcoming Party will be a beautiful blend of puppetry, performance, dance and live music for both children (aged 8+) and family audiences.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Granada Foundation we are able to deliver a programme of participatory activity for over 540 children (aged 8-12) promoting awareness and understanding of the key themes of the production – such as displacement, immigration, asylum, difference and home.

We are looking to appoint 6 Associate Artists with diverse heritage; including, but not limited to, Syrian, Sudanese, Nigerian, Iraqi and Moroccan who specialise in the fields of music, dance, performance and puppetry – to be linked with 18 schools (three per Artist) across Greater Manchester to explore students’ thoughts and feelings on these issues.

Associate Artists will have the opportunity to work alongside members of the Theatre-Rites creative team as part of an intensive training weekend. Each Artist will then be partnered with schools to form – through their own artistic medium and newly-created resources – a creative response with pupils to the question:why do you want to join the welcoming party?