Horizons Festival 2019

Part of Refugee Week 2019
Presented by Community Arts North West and HOME

Welcome to Horizons Festival 2019. As part of International Refugee Week we will be celebrating with a full programme of theatre, film, art, performance, workshops and debate.

Community Arts North West and HOME welcome you to Horizons Festival 2019. We will be celebrating with a full programme of theatre, film, art, performance, workshops and debate. Celebrating International Arts and Global Cultures, the festival will showcase the best in contemporary creativity, raise awareness, challenge stereotypes and bring the communities of our city together. 

The festival features exhibitions, films, theatre shows, workshops, panel discussions, DJ sets and a club night, as well as free events every night in the bar. To launch the festival our building will also transform into a Sanctuary Souk global market place full of free workshops and participatory arts events throughout the Saturday.

This is our UK and everyone is welcome.

In support of the Lift The Ban Campaign


The festival is supported by:


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Previously in this Festival

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Winner of the Best Documentary award at Tribeca, the first feature documentary from Gabrielle Brady is an all-encompassing, lyrical and deeply moving tribunal on inhumanity.

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Circus Skills and Dance with Masresha Wondmu

Come and try out your circus skills with high energy performer, choreographer and workshop leader, Masresha Wondmu. Guaranteed fun for all the family!

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An Enduring Struggle for Justice: Exhibition Tour

Join us for a free tour of An Enduring Struggle for Justice led by artist Ana Lucía Cuevas.

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Sanctuary Souk

A warm welcome to Horizons Festival awaits you, led by Manchester’s incredibly vibrant and diverse refugee communities.

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DJ Irfan Rainy

Join local Manchester DJ Irfan Rainy in the HOME bar with fusion of African, South American, Middle Eastern & South Asian electronic dance.

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Lift the Ban Creative Workshop: Refugee Action & Asylum Matters

Hear directly from asylum seekers and refugees about the impact of Britain’s policy of banning asylum seekers from working.

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DJ Mayeva

Closing the first day of Horizons Festival is Manchester–based DJ Mayeva.

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Workshop: Storytelling with Emmanuel Bajiiji 

Come and find your inner-storyteller in this interactive and engaging drama and storytelling workshop, suitable for the whole family. 

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Sir Pe Talwar

Sir Pe Talwar is a dance piece that follows Fiza from Pakistan to the UK, via two false marriages, asylum, detention in Yarlswood, to Manchester…

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Summer Solstice Global Rave (Blanchard De Plaizir & Jomo)

We’re closing Horizons Festival with a global rave and everyone is invited! From DRC to Iran, we bring you Techno Soukouss and Psy-Trance as we…

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Ana Lucía Cuevas: An Enduring Struggle for Justice

Ana Lucía Cuevas' exhibition of archival material documents her fight for justice after her brother was disappeared by the Guatemalan government.

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The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution

A small selection of work from the Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution project, bringing together stories of the Syrian people,

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Incredible Week for the Banks Q&A

Join us for a Q&A after the show.

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Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble 

Following a stunning performance as part of last year's Refugee Week Festival, internationally acclaimed musician and composer Seyed Ali Jaberi and his band the Hamdel…

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Inspired by the poetry of Zaffar Kunial, Cohere is an immersive installation combining multiple projection, sound and live performance.

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Young Amani

A unique festival duo, showcasing fresh, youth talent from the renowned Amani Creatives.

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Manchester International Roots Orchestra & Amani Choir Double Bill

We are proud to welcome into Theatre 2 a music concert that brings together musicians from all over the world and communities from all over Greater Manchester.

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Abstract is the Wind

Visual art inspires music and music inspires visual art connecting us all. 

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Workshop: Cultural Dance with Magdalen Bartlett

Magdalen Bartlett returns again this year, to deliver a fun hour of energetic African and Caribbean dance workshop.

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WAST Nightingales

WAST Nightingales are a group of women asylum seekers using singing as a form of expression, unity and escape.

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Workshop: Shared Space – A Learning Lab

Shared Space is a day-long, exploration of co-creation in arts practice with artists, young people and community groups from refugee backgrounds.

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Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution: Exhibition Tour

Join us for a free tour of the work, led by Sana Yazigi creator of the Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution.

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Workshop: Mulembas D’Africa Dance

Come and experience a powerful exploration of African identity and roots through dance, with the opportunity to have a go. Let’s dance! 

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Horizons Short Films curated by Lost Lands Film Festival

Short films created by refugee, asylum seeker and migrant film makers from Manchester and the world curated by Lost Lands Film Festival.

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PSYCHEdelight and Borderline presents

Welcome to the UK

With satirical songs, clowning and a vibrant ensemble performance, Welcome to the UK raises awareness of the alarming absurdities of the refugee crisis, Brexit and…

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Sarah Yaseen

Sarah is a Manchester based Sufi singer/songwriter. With a soulful voice and accompanied by a guitar or darabouka, Sarah's raw Acappella/cantata style takes the audience…

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The Free Association Discussion Group: A Free Space for Thinking, Feeling and Reflection

A series of free-flowing discussions on subjects that resonate with us all such as home, identity and what it means to belong. 

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The Travelling Heritage Bureau Film Screening + Discussion

Issues of migration, art, archiving and cultural institutions brought together in a new documentary produced by The Travelling Heritage Bureau co-research project and network of…

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Sub-Saharan African Singing and Percussion

Have fun and be creative in this singing and percussion workshop led by Amani Creatives.

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The Echo of Pain of the Many + Discussion

A moving and rare documentary by a Latin American woman, recording her return from exile and into the still dangerous and volatile political environment of…

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RAPAR presents

Incredible Week for the Banks

A story of two families, one African, one English, who become neighbours at the beginning of the week.

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Tagné & Kooj presents


A musical journey based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, combining music, video projection and monologues.

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Installation: Under Canvas

Under Canvas is an installation and audio exploration of stories of childbirth in refugee camps. 

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