International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival

London theatre news: Tuesday 30 October 2018

Discussions - Multi-art

Manchester is set to welcome the inaugural International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival, with a packed programme of events from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 November.
International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival

Image courtesy With One Voice

Manchester is set to welcome the inaugural International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival.

With a packed programme of events from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 November, the festival aims to attract a wide audience to come together, enjoy the impressive arts events on show, and be a part of a crucial wider conversation on homelessness.

Over seven full days, inspiring events and projects will be showcased to the public, to present, enjoy and explore how the arts and social issues can combine to produce incredible art, empower people and help to tackle serious issues.

Arts projects addressing accompanying issues of low wellbeing, social isolation and stigma are effectively used around the world to improve physical and mental health, change public attitude, and to enable forgotten voices of people impacted by homelessness to be loudly heard.

Director Matt Peacock said ...

"It's a global effort culminating with this fantastic Festival in Manchester.

With One Voice is thrilled that two members of a partner organisation in Sierra Leone just managed to secure their visas with the help of The Lowry, and will be at the Festival.

And that's just one of the good news stories from the Festival already.

The calibre of art and artists involved in homelessness is breathtakingly good.

Please have a look at the full programme and join us.

It will be something for us all to enjoy, from dancers from Tokyo to singers from Rio.

Art cannot solve homelessness but homelessness is defined by being the result of multiple issues coming together; and with multiple issues, we need to find multiple solutions."

There are two separate parts to the week-long event:

The Summit will explore themes of people, performance and partnerships, practice, and policy in relation of arts and homelessness.

It will bring artists, activists, academics and policy makers together to discuss issues through practical workshops, conversations, taster sessions and performances, with people who are or have been homeless at the centre of it all.

The Festival is a rich, diverse, exiting series of free events, installations, world premieres, pop-ups, performances related to arts and homelessness which includes the biggest ever homelessness exhibition and showcase by people with lived experience.

The festival is a chance to explore opportunities, share knowledge, and make connections to raise awareness of homelessness, and support people in our cities.

Crucially, people currently or who have previously experienced homelessness have been at the centre of the design and delivery of the festival.

The Festival is free to attend.

Summit tickets can be purchased here - 50% of delegate tickets will be available free to people who are or have been homeless.

With One Voice is an international arts and homelessness movement that aims to connect and strengthen the sector through exchanges in policy and practice.

The International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival is sponsored by Laing O'Rourke, Bruntwood and Human Appeal and supported by the British Council, The Evan Cornish Foundation, Bolton at Home, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Manchester City Council.

Information desk

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street

Manchester M2 3JL


12 to 18 November 2018


Many events free, some booking required - check the festival programme


Festival programme

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