11-14 February 2021     |     Greater Manchester

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The Ripples of Hope Festival

celebrates the power of people  

to make human rights a reality for all.

"Every time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope.

 

And crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

ROBERT F. KENNEDY, CAPE TOWN, 1966 

Inspired by people – their stories, their strength and their creativity – Ripples of Hope is a new, unique 4-day festival for all of us to:

 

THINK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES WE FACE AS COMMUNITIES AND AS HUMANITY;

CELEBRATE THE POWER OF PEOPLE TO MAKE CHANGE; AND

EXPLORE HOW WE CAN - TOGETHER - TAKE ACTION TO MAKE HUMAN RIGHTS A REALITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ACROSS THE WORLD.

The Ripples of Hope Festival will take place in Greater Manchester from the 11-14th February 2021.

 

We at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK are creating the Festival with the people of Greater Manchester: together, we've been holding workshops we call Gatherings since September 2019 with hundreds of people. They will continue well into 2020 to shape our programme to make sure it engages on the issues that matter; shares the stories that should be heard; and is truly of Manchester.

Together, we will build a Festival around three centres of gravity:

A FESTIVAL TO PROVOKE, CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE

We believe in the power of lived experience and the arts to inspire. The Ripples of Hope Festival will feature three days of unforgettable events, from debates and workshops to creative collaborations and incredible one-off performances.

We'll bring together local and international voices to create a unique conversation about what it means to make change.

CREATING

THE RIPPLES OF HOPE FESTIVAL

The Ripples of Hope Festival will take place in Greater Manchester from the 11-14th February 2021.

 

We at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK are working with the people of Greater Manchester to create The Ripples of Hope Festival:

 

Together, we've been holding Gatherings - workshops - since September 2019 with hundreds of people. The Gatherings will continue well into 2020 to shape our programme to make sure the Festival covers the issues that matter; shares the stories that should be heard; and is truly of Manchester.

Together, led by our Artistic Director Jude Kelly CBE, we will build a Festival around three centres of gravity:

A FESTIVAL TO PROVOKE, CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE

We believe in the power of people's experiences and the arts to inspire. The Ripples of Hope Festival will feature three days of unforgettable events, from debates and workshops to creative collaborations and incredible one-off performances.

We'll bring together local and international voices to create a unique conversation about what it means to make change.

A FESTIVAL TO PROVOKE, CELEBRATE AND INSPIRE

We believe in the power of lived experience and the arts to inspire. The Ripples of Hope Festival will feature three days of unforgettable events, from debates and workshops to creative collaborations and incredible one-off performances.

We'll bring together local and international voices to create a unique conversation about what it means to make change.

THE NEW GENERATION OF POWER

Young people will be at the heart of The Ripples of Hope Festival. The Festival's programme will build on Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK's transformative Speak Truth To Power human rights education programme.

Already being delivered in schools across Greater Manchester and Greater London, Speak Truth To Power helps students build the mindsets, resilience and skills they need to fully understand and make use of the power they have to shape our future.

MAKING THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY OUR BUSINESS

Creating a future that serves people needs business to play a massive role. With the Ripples of Hope Business & Investment Summit, we are bringing together a community of leaders who believe in their power and responsibility to build a more successful and sustainable world.

In 2021, the Summit will be a key part of the Ripples of Hope Festival.

We are hosting the first-ever Ripples of Hope Business & Investment Summit on the 30 January 2020. With workshops facilitated by leadership development experts Leaders Quest and speakers including Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Prime Minister of Denmark 2011-15); Gina Miller (transparency activist); John Elkington (Author, Triple Bottom Line); Kerry Kennedy and many others, it's going to be an exciting, meaningful day.

To find out more and book your tickets, go to:

www.homemcr.org/ripplesofhope

CREATING

THE RIPPLES OF HOPE FESTIVAL

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WHY IS GREATER MANCHESTER

THE PERFECT HOME OF

THE RIPPLES OF HOPE FESTIVAL?

The Ripples of Hope Festival will celebrate the power of people to create change, so we wanted to partner with a place and people that have shown that in abundance. Greater Manchester is the ideal home for us as it presents a powerful combination of heritage, culture, community and possibility:

AN INCREDIBLE HISTORY OF INSPIRING SOCIAL CHANGE

Greater Manchester has a proud history of securing social change. As the home of the Industrial Revolution, it inspired global worker rights movements. The people of Manchester campaigned for voting rights at Peterloo and through Emmeline Pankhurst and the WSPU. Lancashire mill workers refused to touch raw cotton picked by slaves under the US Confederacy - suffering a famine because of this moral stand. 

CULTURAL INFLUENCE ON A GLOBAL SCALE

Greater Manchester is famous for its cultural influence, having produced some of the UK’s most significant and influential artists of every type. It's a region that lives its belief that arts and culture have the power to change lives. 

PROUD COMMUNITIES COMMITTED TO CREATING A BETTER FUTURE

As it demonstrated so powerfully in 2017, Greater Manchester has a strong sense of community and passion. The region is home to so many people and organisations working to make a positive difference to their communities, which we hope to help showcase to the world. 

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A DYNAMIC REGION BUILT ON A THRIVING AND FORWARD-LOOKING ECONOMY

With strengths in science, advanced manufacturing, culture and the creative and digital business sectors, Greater Manchester is well placed to continue and accelerate the transformation of the past two decades. It will be a place that finds the answers to the world’s future challenges, as it has done so often before. 

Greater Manchester is a place that has helped shape the world. Whether it is in industry, science or culture Manchester has always pioneered new ways of working and thinking. We hope The Ripples of Hope Festival will become an important platform in the city-region and help share the story of Greater Manchester with the world. 

 

The Ripples of Hope Festival is being created by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK. We exist to inspire and empower people to make decisions and take actions every day that will help make human rights reality for all - to become ripples of hope in their communities and across the world.

In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. His campaign called on us to envision and work for a world in which the dignity of every human being is honoured and respected; in which we value one another and realise our own power to shape the future.

 

We are at a critical moment in British and global history. We need to nurture a culture that is built on our shared humanity.

 

The universal concept of human rights that Robert F. Kennedy championed is essential to that effort.

Human rights – the best articulation and codification humanity has ever found for the fundamental interests of people – set out what society should deliver for people and can be a guide to be used and acted on in everyday decision-making, until they are made a reality for all.

 

And yet, we know that for many in the UK, human rights feel remote – they are for others but not for me. Demonstrating the relevance and importance of human rights is the challenge in front of us.

 

And so we deliver artistic, educational and cultural programmes that tell a relevant, local story of human rights and celebrate the countless organisations that do the incredible work of making human rights a reality to inspire and build long-term cultural change. 

 

AFFILIATION: We are proud and honoured to be affiliated to, and be building on the work of, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the US, which is led by Kerry Kennedy and was founded after Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968 by his family and friends as a means to dedicate themselves to a common goal: achieving Bobby’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.

 

THE ORGANISATION: Founded in June 2018, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK is incorporated in the UK as a limited company (11397556) and registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales (1181744). 

ABOUT

ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS UK

OUR PATRONS

Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP

Baroness Helena Kennedy

Lord Rumi Verjee

OUR BOARD

Dr Mark Ellis

Kerry Kennedy

Eric Levine

Paul Lindley OBE (Chair)

Patricia McCall

Hina Patel

Stella Smith

Peter Thompson

Nizam Uddin

Andrew Wincel

www.rfkhumanrights.uk

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Registered Company 11397556

Charity No 1181744