Summit and Festival

From 12 to 18 November 2018 The International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival will take place in partnership with Greater Manchester’s Mayor’s Office. Arts and homelessness projects and events will be showcased in a Festival through Greater Manchester; and from 15 to 18 November there will be a four-day International Summit at the Whitworth.

Tickets will go on sale at the end of July!

This will be the first event of its kind and will bring together arts projects working with people who have experienced homelessness, artists with experience of homelessness, practitioners, policy-makers, homeless agencies and academics. Greater Manchester has been chosen because of the exceptional arts/homelessness projects in the region, the way arts is becoming integrated into policy, including Manchester’s homelessness strategy and the way the cultural sector is stepping forward to support homeless people.

The Summit and Festival will focus on Performance, Practice, PolicyPeople and Partnerships:

  • Showcasing Performances and exhibitions from some of the best local, national and international groups such as Tokyo’s Sokerissa dance company, Porto’s Som da Rua, Chicago’s Red Line Service and arts and homelessness groups from Greater Manchester. We will create a public mural created by homeless people from Manchester led by New York artist-activist Joel Bergner;
  • 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 and a Review of Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness (how international galleries, museums, libraries and venues are working with homeless people);
  • Discussing arts/homelessness Policy – from Manchester and GM’s homelessness strategy which includes arts to Paris’ Pacte Parisien which sees cultural institutions twinned with homeless centres
  • The Summit will be co-produced with people with lived experience from planning to delivery. There will be discussions on how to involve the voice of homeless people more centrally in the sector, citing examples such as the Movimento Populacão da Rua in Brazil where homeless people have direct access to policy makers. Half the delegate places will be reserved for homeless people.
  • The Summit and Festival will build on the work of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership and Charter in creating partnerships between cultural and homelessness orgs. We will implement a programme inspired by the Pacte Parisien in Paris which pairs up arts organisations and libraries with local homelessness organisations and service providers. Through Greater Manchester, many arts/homelessness orgs are already partnered but we will expand this, creating a mechanism of how partnerships can work from collaborative projects, ticket schemes to artist in residencies.

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 and festival will be attended by around 250 delegates from around the world including UK, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Canada, France, Portugal, Germany, Kenya, Sierra Leone, India, Japan and Australia.

Summit & Festival Programme highlights:

  • Festival  (from Monday 12 Nov) to include theatre performances and exhibitions of visual art created by people with experience of homelessness; a public mural created by homeless people from Manchester;
  • Day 1 (Thursday 15 Nov) of the Summit – Practice Exchange Day involving projects from GM and around the world sharing work and practices including projects working in film, poetry, music, visual arts and more
  • Day 2 (Friday 16 Nov) – Policy Day including discussions about arts being involved in homelessness policy; legislative theatre from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC; workshops about artists living in squats, vehicle-dwellers, LGBTQ communities
  • Day 3 (Saturday 17 Nov) – Open Day involving homeless centres and projects and cultural venues and orgs across GM opening their doors to the public to show art work, run workshops and free taster sessions.
  • Day 4 (Sunday 18 Nov)  – Wrap-up Day where we reflect on the events, consider ‘what next?’ and discuss legacy

Literature Review and Cultural Spaces papers

With One Voice will be launching two papers that have been commissioned:

  • A global Literature Review of Arts and Homelessness (a collection of research and evaluation around arts and homelessness)
  • A review of Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness (which brings together case studies and best practice of how cultural spaces are working with homeless people around the world).

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