If You’re Gonna Do It Do It Right: SAFE

Manchester’s finest poetry collective Young Identity responded to Phil Collins’ Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong with a series of newly commissioned pieces reflecting on the politically driven themes of this extensive exhibition. After a month of immersing themselves in the art work, the poets performed pieces inspired by the three major elements of the exhibition; Ceremonymy heart’s in my hand… and Delete Beach in and around HOME throughout August.

For this performance, Young Identity responded to my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught, a music project developed in collaboration with guests of GULLIVER Survival Station for the Homeless, located in Cologne’s central station.

About Young Identity

Young Identity is a multi-faceted spoken word organisation supporting young writers across the city to showcase work and develop as professional artists through workshops, mentoring programmes, commissioning opportunities and national and international performances. Young Identity recently performed to a packed audience at The Schaubühne, as part of the Festival of International New Drama 2018. Previously, they have worked with artists such as Kate Tempest and Lemn Sissay who continue to champion their work. They are resident at Contact and HOME and are working with Manchester International Festival on a new collaborative piece of work, BREATHE. They also run regular slam poetry nights celebrating spoken word in the city.


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