Refugee Week - the world’s largest arts and culture festival celebrating the contributions, resilience and creativity of refugees and people seeking sanctuary runs from the 19 to 25 June this year - and across the North there are lots of amazing and inspiring events taking place.
In Manchester, two key players in the creative sector are joining forces to deliver the Horizons Festival which is all about celebrating the enduring power of creativity and the incredible international artists who have made Manchester their home.
Over the June weekend, Community Arts North West and HOME will present an action-packed programme of spoken word and storytelling, music from the global diaspora, artist-led film, visual art, dance, and discussion.
On Friday 16 June, the Horizons Festival kicks off with dynamic spoken word and storytelling in Theatre 2 and film in HOME's Cinema.
And on Saturday 17 June, we can enjoy lots of free family-friendly creative workshops in music, dance, performance, visual art, and storytelling. Horizons this year features artists from countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
This very special festival - and Refugee Week across the country - invite us as communities to come together, connect, learn, stand in solidarity with, and share the traditions and talents of people forced to leave their countries and make Manchester and the UK their home.
Rethink Rebuild Society’s Mustafa Alachkar, who came to the UK from Syria in 2005 is clear: “We can choose to see refugees and asylum seekers as people that make our country and society richer and more beautiful through culture, creativity and innovation.”
Horizons Festival runs Fri 16-Sat17 Jun 2023
All events are Free - or Pay What You Can
For Festival info CLICK HERE