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Our creation delivered in partnership with Petrus, Rochdale’s largest homeless community, was an insightful project, making audiences laugh and cry. In Autumn 2018, we were proud to present 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/

In October 2018 Hidden Tales arts trail revealed eight personal and inspiring stories of change and survival. The unmissable artworks, which were on display in public spaces around the town centre, each featured a poem, a portrait and a QR code, which linked 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 StannageThe result was a journey into eight remarkable real-life stories, which were inspiring and emotional by both tugging at one’s heart strings and making one smile.

Sara Domville, CAN Creative Producer, said: “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 started at Touchstones, Rochdale’s cultural centre, where visitors could pick up a map and follow the trail to find the rest of the artworks throughout the town centre. Sites included the historic Town Hall, the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre and the Pioneers Museum.

Along with the digital arts trail, there was a live performance in addition to film screenings of Hidden Tales at Touchstones in Rochdale. The afternoon of raw talent, spoken word, music and film, was hosted by Mancunian wordsmith, Mike Garry, and took place as part of the Rochdale Literature Festival in October 2018.

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

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