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Our new creation delivered in partnership with Petrus, Rochdale’s largest homeless community, will tug at the heart strings, make you cry, smile and even laugh out loud! This Autumn, we’re proud to bring you HIDDEN TALES, a unique and inspiring digital arts trail around Rochdale Town Centre.

Hidden Tales

Hidden Tales; Untold Stories from Rochdale’s Petrus Community

Watch the films and experience Hidden Tales online, here: http://hiddenrochdale.co.uk/

Launching on Tuesday 3rd October and running until Saturday 28th October, the Hidden Tales arts trail reveals eight personal and inspiring stories of change and survival. The unmissable artworks, which are on display in public spaces around the town centre, each feature a poem, a portrait and a QR code, which link to a series of breath taking short films about addiction, mental illness, hope and resilience.

In the creation of the artworks, Petrus service users and volunteers shared their stories and worked closely with CAN’s creative team including Creative Producer, Sara Domville, award-winning filmmaker Mat Johns and poet Martin Stannage.  The result is a journey into eight remarkable real-life stories, which tug at the heart strings as well as inspire and make you smile.

Sara Domville, CAN Creative Producer, says: “Our partnership with Petrus is a long-standing one, so we’ve got to know many of the volunteers and people seeking their support very well, seeing many glimpses of humanity’s finest attributes – faith, strength, kindness, honesty – that stop you in your tracks. It was so important that ‘Hidden Tales’, in offering a platform for these stories to be told, did so on those terms, finding the best in people through challenging times. Placing the work outside a gallery space, making the videos available digitally, on-site in Rochdale and via mobile phone means that the sense of reality becomes intentionally acute.” 

Phil Foster, Deputy Coordinator at Petrus Community, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Hidden Tales project. These stories are touching and honest portrayals of people overcoming challenges and show the importance of understanding and concern within our society. We have worked closely with CAN to help give our service users and volunteers a platform to tell the world their stories and I hope that the people of Rochdale enjoy following the trail.”

The Hidden Tales digital art trail is free, no ticket required, and starts at Touchstones, Rochdale’s cultural centre, where visitors can pick up a map and follow the trail to find the rest of the artworks throughout the town centre, including the historic Town Hall, the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre and the Pioneers Museum.

Along with the digital arts trail, there will be a Live Performance and Film Screenings of Hidden Tales at The Vibe, Rochdale on Tuesday 17th October. The afternoon of raw talent, spoken word, music and film, will be hosted by Mancunian wordsmith, Mike Garry, and takes place as part of the Rochdale Literature Festival.  Tickets are £3 and can be booked here.

Take a look inside the stories that feature in the Hidden Tales project and watch our trailer:


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