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THE LINE UP
Saturday 18 September 2021

HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place

Take me to: Friday - Sunday

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Find out more details about each session below.
More speakers will be announced soon.
Please note that some voices will join in person and others virtually!

 SESSION   DESCRIPTIONS 

1.30pm

2.45pm

EQUITY & EQUALITY - Where are we now?

Theatre 1

10am

Ground Floor

The award-winning author and broadcaster - and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester - Gary Younge explores where we are on equity and equality, concepts at the core of human rights, and where we go next, both in places close to us and across the world.

MADE Diversity In The Curriculum - Add Your Voice!

Cinema Bar

10.30am-12.30pm

Drop In, Level 2

Help MADE develop outstanding resources and activities for Manchester’s young people to understand the diversity of their city by sharing your experience and perspectives in conversation.

11.15am

 

Progress: Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

Theatre 1

11:15 am

Ground Floor

Progress is not a straight line - it often provokes a backlash that brings to the surface attitudes and prejudices that had been hidden. What are the gains we've made and how do we deal with both backlash and the rise of new anti-progressive attitudes across the world?

Speakers include:

  • Caroline Bird, Poet and Playwright

  • Jane Fae, Writer and Feminist

  • Cherylee Houston, Actor

  • Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

  • Peter Tatchell, Campaigner and Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation

  • Gary Younge, Author, Broadcaster and Editor-at-Large, The Guardian

Stuck: Social Mobility in the UK

Cinema 1

11:15 am

Level 2

Even before COVID, our society faced stagnant social mobility - fewer opportunities; flatlining real wages; and declining living standards - with deepening inequality. Covid has only intensified that reality and made the task of getting moving again much harder. In a society in which our class, religion, race, gender, disability and financial status can severely limit your social mobility, how can we break through those barriers?

Speakers include:

  • Sabeena Akhtar, Writer and Editor, 'Cut from the Same Cloth'

  • Janice Allen, Headteacher, Falinge Park High School

  • Mumtaz Bashir, MD, Women International Collaborate

  • Alan Milburn, Chair, The Social Mobility Foundation

12.30pm

Walk Of Peace

Engels Statue

12:30pm

Booking required

Want to explore the radical history of Manchester? Join a tour around part of the Manchester Peace Trail, visiting Engels, the Peterloo Memorial, Paul Robeson, the ‘nuclear timeline’, The Nobel Peace Prize and the Pankhursts. Sign up for the walk at the Information Point in the Foyer.

 

1.30pm

Human Rights And The Next Frontiers

Theatre 1

1:30 pm

Ground Floor

The state of human rights is constantly changing: Removing structural racism, rethinking asylum on a warming plant, the equitable sharing of the vaccine globally; just three frontiers, and now Covid has revealed so much inequity, what will we do? As we look at the world now, what are the new frontiers and possibilities for human rights?

Speakers include:

  • Gracie Bradley, Interim Director, Liberty

  • Maya Foa, Co-Executive Director, Reprieve

  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Ripples of Hope Festival (Chair)

  • Mandu Reid, Leader, Women's Equality Party

  • Peter Tatchell, Campaigner and Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation

  • Sjon, Poet, Novelist and Lyricist

A Poetry Circle With Simon Armitage

Theatre 2

1:30 pm

Level 1

Join Simon Armitage in conversation with PA Bitez from Young Identity, Caroline Bird, Isaiah Hull, Luke Wright, Vona Groarke, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Sean Borodale and Mona Arshi.

Last Night I Dreamed Of ... Manchester?

Cinema 1

1:30 pm

Level 2

Migration and the search for a new life, be it survival or the opportunity to flourish, is the story of humanity. But what is it really like to arrive in Manchester - with your hopes, dreams, worries and fears - and make it your home? How can we support and welcome people who arrive here?

Speakers include:

  • Magdalen Bartlett, Founder and CEO, Afrocats

  • Sophie Besse, Artistic Director, PSYCHEdelight Theatre Company (Chair)

  • Maria Houlihan, Social Worker, Greater Manchester Aid Immigration Unit

  • Wilson Nkurunziza, Councilllor, Salford City Council

  • Victoria Redel, Writer

Human Library: Ng Ka-leung

Weston Room

1:15 pm

Level 1

Booking Required

The Human Library is a space for conversations that open our minds, inspire our curiosity and deepen our understanding - where real people are on loan to readers. A place where questions - perhaps difficult, perhaps insightful - are expected, appreciated and answered. You need to book to join a session, which you can do at the Information Point in the Foyer.

Ng Ka-leung is an independent filmmaker from Hong Kong, who has recently moved to the UK. He is an award-winning film director, producer and curator specialized in East Asia culture, hopes to shine a spotlight on disadvantaged social groups and cross-cultural issues through his art. He was the mastermind, one of producers and directors of the Hong Kong dystopia movie TEN YEARS, which won Best Film at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards and played at numerous international film festivals.  

 

2.45pm

I See You, Do You See Me? Poverty & Disability

Theatre 1

2:45 pm

Ground Floor

Being seen and acknowledged is essential to our dignity being respected. The difficult truth in our society is that if we are poor or have a disability, we are less likely to be seen and acknowledged, reducing our power to make decisions in our interest. As we look to our society in the future, how can we truly recognise and value people's dignity - to see them - in our environments, culture, attitudes, behaviour and decisions?

Speakers include:

  • Jumoke Abdullahi, Co-Founder, The Triple Cripples

  • Stef Benstead, Disability & Social Security Researcher

  • Tishani Doshi, Poet and Novelist

  • Leena Haque, Senior UX Designer & BBC Neurodiversity Lead

  • Dave Moutrey, CEO, HOME (Chair)

  • Nadine Travers, Grassroots Commissioner, Poverty Truth Commissioner.

The Art of Protest

Theatre 2

2:45 pm

Level 1

Join us and hear from cultural activists who put protest at the centre of their practice in order to galvanise and inspire others to achieving the change we need.

Speakers include:

  • Billy Bragg, Singer Songwriter and Activist

  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Ripples of Hope Festival (Chair)

  • Evie Manning, Co-Artistic Director, Common Wealth

  • Cheryl Martin, Co-Artistic Director, Commonword

  • Ng Ka-leung, Filmmaker

  • Luke Wright, Poet

Let's Talk About Race

Cinema 1

2:45 pm

Level 2

In the UK and around the world, people still face so many barriers - to opportunity, to healthcare, to justice, to dignity - due to racism. After the last year, we may be more aware and can see those barriers more clearly - but what can we do to make real progress on becoming an anti-racist society?

Speakers include:

  • Sabeena Akhtar, Writer, Editor and Festival Coordinator (Chair)

  • Malika Booker, Writer and Poet

  • Lee Lawrence, Cherry Groce Foundation

  • Jennifer Lim, Actor, Theatre- and Film-maker

  • Kym Oliver, Co-Founder, The Triples Cripples

With A Little Help From My Friends

Cinema 2

2:45 pm

Level 2

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. As we emerge from lockdowns, how do we harness the power of communities to create a better reality than existed before?

Speakers include:

  • Amna Abdullatif, Councillor - Ardwick, Manchester City Council

  • Lisa Allen, Community Engagement Specialist (Chair)

  • Solvi Goard, Volunteer Engagement Worker, Kindling Trust

  • Tabeth Mabiza-Nhakaniso, Co-Founder, Everything Human Rights Committee

  • Farai Nhakaniso, Co-Founder, Everything Human Rights Committee

  • Dr Souhad Sharif, Community Champion, Lamet Habayeb Association

Human Library: Jez Green

Weston Room

2:45 pm

Level 1

Booking required

The Human Library is a space for conversations that open our minds, inspire our curiosity and deepen our understanding - where real people are on loan to readers. A place where questions - perhaps difficult, perhaps insightful - are expected, appreciated and answered. You need to book to join a session, which you can do at the Information Point in the Foyer.

Jez Green is a Manchester-based poet, storyteller and wanderer. Jez is a passionate advocate of using the creative and performing arts as a tool for creating change, from the personal to the systemic. He is a founder member of the boundary-breaking participatory arts group Manchester Street Poem, for which he is also a trustee. 

4pm

 

Whose story is it?

Theatre 1

4:00 pm

Ground Floor

Stories are part of what makes us human.  At their best, though perhaps all too rarely, museums can be spaces for identity-forming and truth-telling. They ask “what is the story we tell ourselves about ourselves?”  How might museums and the arts make room for new, inclusive narratives, perspectives and experiences? How do acts like repatriation shift the processes, language and thinking of the past to build empathy for the future?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Njabulo Chipangura, Research Fellow and Curator, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Shivanee Ramlochan, Poet

  • Joelle Taylor, Poet

  • Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum (Chair)

Understanding Crisis Through Drama

Cinema 1

4:00 pm

Level 2

Art has the power to transform us - to help us understand lives that are not our own; to question and challenge what we think we know; to inspire and open our imagination to new possibilities; and to give us new ways to express ourselves. How can we inspire, create and accelerate social change through art?

Speakers include:

  • Shanaz Gulzar, Artist and Producer

  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, The Ripples of Hope Festival

  • Suzanne Lacy, Social Practice Artist, Educator and Professor at USC Roski School of Art and Design

  • Matt Peacock, Founder, Arts & Homelessness International

  • Sharon Watson, Principal, Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Food for Thought

Cinema 2

4:00 pm

Level 2

Breaking bread together is a universal act of human connection and solidarity. Our Feasts of Hope have brought people together across Greater Manchester. Hear from our feasters and guests about how gathering strangers together over a meal sparks joy and breakthrough conversations.

Speakers include:

  • Hana Assafiri, Founder, Moroccan Soup Bar

  • Rachele Evaroa, Community Coordinator, The Ripples of Hope Festival

  • Haleh Moravej, Social Entrepreneur and Senior Lecture in Nutritional Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Keisha Thompson, Manchester-based Writer, Performer and Producer (Chair)

Human Library: Stef Benstead

Weston Room

4:00 pm

Level 1

Booking required

The Human Library is a space for conversations that open our minds, inspire our curiosity and deepen our understanding - where real people are on loan to readers. A place where questions - perhaps difficult, perhaps insightful - are expected, appreciated and answered. You need to book to join a session, which you can do at the Information Point in the Foyer.

Stef Benstead has a 1st from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences and started a PhD there before having to leave due to chronic illness. "This led to me diverting my research interest from ecology to social policy, and in particular the social security system for sick and disabled people. I have authored and co-authored a number of reports, an academic paper and two books on this subject."

5.15pm

 

ARTS & CULTURE - Where are we?

Theatre 1

5:15 pm

Ground Floor

The Artistic Director of The Ripples of Hope Festival Jude Kelly explores how people are using the power of the arts to create change now and how we can encourage support artists and activists in our communities and globally to give life to our calls for change.

6.15pm

Final Thoughts With Young Identity

Foyer

6:15 pm

Ground Floor

Hear Manchester’s poetry collective share their reflections, challenges, questions and responses to the experience of the day.

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