International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival 2018

The International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival will take place in partnership with Greater Manchester’s Mayor’s Office over four days from 15-18 November 2018. This will be the first event of its kind and will bring together arts projects working with people who have experienced homelessness, practitioners, policy-makers, homeless agencies and academics. Greater Manchester has been selected due to its world-leading practice and policy around arts/homelessness.

The Summit and Festival will focus on Performance, Practice, Policy and People:

  • Showcasing performances and exhibitions from some of the best international groups such as Tokyo’s Sokerissa dance company, Porto’s Som da Rua, Chicago’s Red Line Service and Manchester’s Booth Centre and Mustard Tree. We will create a public mural created by homeless people from Greater Manchester led by New York arts activist Joel Bergner; Booth Centre will curate an exhibition of international visual arts and there will be a film programme curated by Homeless Film Festival;
  • Sharing practice and methodology including Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Legislative Theatre model; the launch of an International Literature Review of Arts and Homelessness (featuring global arts/homelessness evaluation) and a Cultural Spaces and Homelessness Review (sharing how galleries, museums, libraries and venues are working with homeless people around the world);
  • Discussing arts/homelessness policy – from Greater Manchester’s homelessness strategy which includes arts to Paris’ Pacte Parisienne which sees cultural institutions twinned with homeless centres;
  • The Summit will be co-produced with homeless and formerly homeless people from planning to delivery. There will be discussions on co-production including input from the Movimento Populacão da Rua in Brazil where homeless people have direct access to policy makers.

The Summit will inspire, encourage and provoke; there will calls to action and time for connection and reflection, always with creativity and the voice of people with lived experience at the forefront.

The summit/festival will be attended by 200 delegates from around the world including UK, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Canada, France, Portugal, Germany, Kenya, Sierra Leone, India, Japan and Australia.

Register your interest and be the first to hear when the full programme is announced and tickets go on sale.