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Sunday 19 September 2021

HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place

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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!


ENVIRONMENT & THE PLANET - Where are we now?

Theatre 1


Ground Floor

Climate activist, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chair of The Elders Mary Robinson calls us to collective action on the climate crisis, taking urgent hope from the work of people and communities across the world.

Speakers include:

  • Rabia Begum, Student, Artist and Climate Justice Activist

  • Emma Greenwood, Youth MP for Bury Council

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

  • Luthfur Rahman, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council

  • Tim Smit, Founder, Eden Project

Are You Carbon Literate? WORKSHOP

Event Space


Drop In Level 2

Understand your carbon footprint and what you practically can do to reduce it. HOME is the first arts and cultural venue in the world to have 100% of staff trained in Carbon Literacy. Join them to understand your impact now - so you can choose your impact tomorrow.




Good Growth, Bad Growth And How We Build Back Better

Theatre 1

11:30 am

Ground Floor

For so long, our success has been measured in financial terms, not the health of our planet or the happiness of our communities. How do we change what we measure and give value to things that support a healthier and more sustainable world?

Speakers include:

  • Sophie Benson, Journalist

  • Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, UK 2007-2010

  • Kimberly Campanello, Poet

  • Lucy Danger, Chief Executive, EMERGE 3Rs

  • Paul Lindley, Founder, Ella's Kitchen & Chair, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK (Chair)

  • Keisha Thompson, Manchester-based Writer, Producer and Performer



Kailash Satyarthi In Conversation

Theatre 1

1:30 pm

Ground Floor

Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for leadership in a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labour practices. At a time, when we face a global financial and health crisis that puts huge pressure on children, Kailash joins Ripples of Hope to share his story, ideas and hopes for the future.



Ecocide: Putting The Earth In The Witness Box

Theatre 1

2:45 pm

Ground Floor

A law of ecocide would see acts of ‘massive environmental damage’, such as oil spills, large-scale deforestation and extensive pollution, become criminalised at the International Criminal Court, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. How might that change the behaviour of industries and governments that currently ride roughshod over the planet's needs?

Speakers include:

  • Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation

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

  • Jojo Mehta, Co-Founder, Stop Ecocide International

  • Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poet and Broadcaster

  • Philippe Sands, President, English PEN

A Poetry Circle With Simon Armitage

Theatre 2

2:45 pm

Level 1

Join Simon Armitage in conversation with Kimberly Campanello, Keisha Thompson, Mike Garry, Joelle Taylor, Jay Bernard and Zaffar Kunial.



Stop Screwing Up Our Future

Theatre 1

4 pm

Ground Floor

In the face of the climate crisis, deepening inequality and rising authoritarianism, never has that generational promise "to pass on a better world to our children" seemed more unlikely. Young people all over the world are rightly demanding more. Join young leaders to explore the question - what actions have we got to take now for all of our future?

Speakers include:

  • Evelyn Acham, Global Choices Arctic Angel

  • María Alejandra Aguilar, Environmental Lawyer

  • Rabia Begum, Student, Artist and Climate Justice Activist

  • Emma Greenwood, Youth MP for Bury Council

  • Phoebe Hanson, Chief Operating Officer, Force of Nature

  • Divya Nawale, Global Choices Arctic Angel

  • Judy Paskell, Co-ordinator, Greater Manchester Campaign against Climate Change

Shoulder To Shoulder

Cinema 1

4 pm

Level 2

How can we stand alongside those activists and champions standing up to power to make human rights a reality for all of us? Many make huge sacrifices and place themselves in danger - what do we all need to do to make sure they're not carrying too much of the burden on their own?

Speakers include:

  • Paul Gready, Director, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York (Chair)

  • Mariana Katzarova, Founder and Chair, RAW in WAR

  • Johncation Muhindo, Founder, Creations Forum Afrika

The Future Of Cultural Practice

Cinema 2

4 pm

Level 2

Cultural Practice both reflects and shapes the culture we live in and is ever-changing. What does the enormous transformation in how we live - COVID, the climate crisis and so much else - demand of the future of our cultural practice? Join our speakers to explore how cultural practice needs to innovate and adapt; engage with the challenges and opportunities of our future; and develop a new understanding of the voices it uplifts.

Speakers include:

  • Sean Borodale, Poet

  • Rachele Briscoe, CEO, Fast Familiar

  • Feimatta Conteh, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Manchester International Festival

  • Paddy Dillon, Architect and Author, The Green Book

  • Farah Ahmad Khan, Artist, Writer and Barrister



Visions of a Human Rights City

Theatre 1

5:15 pm

Ground Floor

What's your vision for making a Human Rights City?

Speakers include:

  • Rabia Begum, Student, Artist and Climate Justice Activist

  • Jay Bernard, Poet

  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

  • Emma Greenwood, Youth MP for Bury Council

  • Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Ripples of Hope Festival

  • Tim Smit, Founder, Eden Project


Final Thoughts With Young Identity

The Foyer

6:15 pm

Ground Floor

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