Over the 10 days (4-13 October), the Festival presented a range of activities from informative coffee shop conversations to visual art exhibitions.
Featuring performances of Phosphoros Theatre’s Pizza Shop Heroes and Dance Away the Spiders, a show by local refugees and asylum seekers, produced by ArtReach and Sheba Arts, which was shared at HOME before the performance was seen by the public as part of Journeys Live. Journeys Live was a standout moment of the 10 days. Passers-by were drawn in by artist Isobel Tarr’s The Channel as well as Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin’s banner-making workshop plus the sound of live music from across the globe.
A new installation featured this year as This Garden of Ours was hosted at Manchester Museum. A collaborative horticultural project led by artist Jessica El Mal, the exhibition explored stories and links between the migration of plants and humans across the planet.
The Women’s Unity Choir was a very moving collaboration between communities including The University of Manchester music students, Manchester University Music Society, Olympias Music Foundation’s Women’s Voices Choir and Amani Community Choir
Topics such as Protest Art and Culture in Post-Revolutionary Iran or The Uncomfortable Truths of our Coffee and Tea Drinking set up some fascinating debates that will no doubt continue beyond the parameters of the event and overall Festival.
See below for festival project films and highlights gallery.