What a difference a year makes. This time last year our move had yet to happen and, although the building was almost ready, we weren’t quite at HOME. As we countdown to our first anniversary, now seems a good moment to take stock.
Since last May, well over 600,000 visitors have dropped in. We’ve stood by our aim of nurturing local talent, offering hundreds of hours of free space to young theatre companies and showcasing the work of over 200 local creatives. And we have issued over 10,000 theatre tickets for a tenner or less, as part of our drive to ensure that HOME is a place that’s for everyone.
At the heart of HOME is a desire to bring the best and sometimes the most challenging art, theatre, music and more to Manchester audiences. So, in the coming months, you’ll see the return of all things Spanish and Latin American with the ¡Viva! Festival – bigger, better and this time spanning not just film but theatre, too. There’s a sterling programme of independent and international film. Highlights include seasons that celebrate everything from jazz on screen to the power of the cinematic soundtrack.
Our visual art programme brings a little sunshine into what can admittedly be a rainy city: Behind the Sun: Prêmio Marcantonio Vilaça is a fantastic introduction to the art scene of Brazil. In our theatres, meanwhile, we collaborate with some of the world’s leading companies, such as with the Young Vic and Theatre de Ville on The Emperor and Bryony Kimmings, the National Theatre and Complicite on A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer.
We also welcome back ANU, as we premiere a new work, commissioned by HOME, which takes as its starting point the IRA’s 1996 bombing of Manchester. ANU, you may remember, were responsible for the acclaimed Angel Meadow. It seemed fitting to work with them again in a year that is our first – and also the twentieth since the bomb that changed Manchester so dramatically.
We also have a lot on offer for families, with special screenings, plays and events specifically aimed to inspire and entertain children. And with tickets priced from just £5, we hope more people than ever before will come along and experience something new.
So take a look and enjoy what we have on offer…
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