MIFA's mission is to present the finest examples of contemporary practice in the performing, visual, and literary arts for the purposes of educating, entertaining, and enriching lives. MIFA serves the economic revitalization of Holyoke through the preservation and reopening of the historical landmark Victory Theatre.
The Massachusetts Int'l Festival of the Arts (MIFA) has presented great art since 1994 with artists like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Palmieri, and William Kentridge, along with Massachusetts artists and companies, and has sponsored Holyoke community organizations and activities. MIFA has an Education Program that introduces students to major arts events and disciplines. Students attend and participate in performances, workshops, and master classes. They interact with major national and international artists and arts companies. Past MIFA Education Programs have included actors Hal Holbrook and Paul Sorvino, poet Ed Hirsch, Londonu2019s Globe Theatre, The National Players, the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, French choreographer Thierry Thieu00fb Niang, jazz legend Archie Shepp, and Parisu2019s Compagnie des Petits Champs. In 2009 MIFA acquired the Victory Theatre at 81-89 Suffolk Street Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Victory, a 1600 seat Broadway style theatre, opened in 1920 and has been derelict since 1979. MIFA is restoring the iconic theater to be a major live theatre for the City of Holyoke, its surrounding communities and the region.