Horizons Festival 2023

Community Arts North West and HOME

We Are All Manchester.

Horizons Festival is back at HOME on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June.

Join us for a multidisciplinary showcase of artists from all corners of the world who have made Manchester their home.

Over two days, join us at HOME for an action-packed programme of spoken word and storytelling, music from the global diaspora, artist-led film, visual art, dance, and discussion.

On Friday, the festival or the Horizons festival opens with dynamic spoken word and storytelling in Theatre 2 and film in our cinema.

On Saturday, Horizons has free family-friendly creative workshops in music, dance, performance, visual art, and storytelling. Horizons features artists from countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

The festival invites people 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 their home.

“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.” – Rethink Rebuild Society’s Mustafa Alachkar, who came to the UK from Syria in 2005.

Manchester is stronger because of our shared humanity with the many people from across the world who call this city home.

We Are All Manchester.

All events are free or pay what you can.

The Horizons Festival is produced by Community Arts North West and HOME as part of Refugee Week.

All events are free or pay what you can.

Previously in this Festival

We Are All Manchester Gig Night

Compered by Meduulla; Mancunian Zimbabwean rapper of The UK Rap Game fame, this double bill explores some of the fabulous diversity of musical cultures in…

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Balkan and Slavic Music by Sanja Cin

Sat 17 Jun, 18:00-18:45

Sanja Cin performs songs from different countries from the Balkans, as well as Slavic-speaking regions, from North Macedonia, via Bosnia and Ukraine.

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Family Drama Workshop with Val Lukianets

Join Ukranian actor and performer Val Lukianets in a fun, high-energy drama workshop where you’ll grow confidence and togetherness with new friends.

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Family Dabkeh Dance Workshop with Fares Farraj

Take part in a lively dance workshop led by Fares Farraj, introducing Dabkeh, the traditional Palestinian folk-dance style. Play fun rhythmic movement games, learn basic…

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Inspire Gallery Launch

Sat 17 Jun, 14:00

A warm welcome awaits for the launch of our community exhibition, We Are All Manchester which has been co-created by Syrian artist, Manya Alkhmri and…

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Climate Activism and Disaster Displacement

We explore and examine the impact of climate change on people around the world, and the consequences experienced by those fighting to stop it.   

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Peace Installation Workshop with Amang Mardokhy

Sat 17 Jun, 13:00-15:30

Join Kurdish visual artist, Amang Mardokhy to create a three-dimensional installation on the theme of peace. Create your message to share the importance of peace…

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Family Storytelling Workshop with Abas El Janabi

Join Iraqi theatre maker, Abas El Janabi to create a simple story and connect with others, using objects and images as inspiration.

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Family story time; ‘Luna’s Hair,’ with Author Dr Atousa Goudarzi

Sat 17 Jun, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00

Come and enjoy Storytime with Children’s Author Atousa as she reads “Luna’s Hair.” Visit a mystical desert, home to a dark secret curse. A secret…

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Family Music Workshop with Fariba Taghypoor

Use everyday objects as musical instruments to play in a mini orchestra.

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Family Music Workshop with Parisa Pirzadeh

Have fun and take part in this interactive music workshop with Parisa. Expect musical games, listening exercises and to hear and respond to Persian music.

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We Are All Manchester

Join us for a showcase of incredible multidisciplinary artists from all corners of the world who have made Manchester their home. Sharing tales from the…

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Hiva Sharifi

Fri 16 Jun, 18:00

Enjoy this beautiful solo performance by Hiva Shairfi during her intimate live performance of what many Iranians call the king of traditional Persian instruments; the…

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I Am A Work of Art: Self Love Portrait Painting Workshop with Artist Linda Wachaga

This is a self-portrait painting workshop for participants to see themselves as works of art, worthy of public display. Using mirrors/photographs, participants are invited to…

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Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and Performance

Fri 16 Jun, 17:00-18:00

Come and experience a multi-sensory Ethiopian coffee ceremony and performance!

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Gender and Displacement: Film Showcase

Horizons explores the refugee experience from the perspective of those who are not only fighting for their freedom, but their identity as well. Join us…

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