Celebrate Libraries of Sanctuary with us this autumn!

Across September and October, we’ve got some exciting live events – music, art, discussion, poetry – and workshops in Bolton, Manchester, and Oldham Libraries.

Bolton, Manchester, and Oldham Libraries are now accredited as Libraries of Sanctuary, libraries which welcome refugees and asylum seekers to help support them to become part of their local community. The libraries join just a handful of UK libraries with this award.

We’re delighted to have developed, together with Crossing Footprints and library teams, a packed programme of celebratory events.

Family-Friendly Workshop

There was a FREE music and craft workshop at Chadderton Library, Oldham on Saturday 11 September  with live music and workshop from leading musicians Michael Cretu (Romania) and Mina Salama (Egypt) of the internationally acclaimed Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) plus a dollmaking workshop with artist Gloria Saya.

Check out the pictures from the fantastic day here!

Live African Sounds 

Photo of band leader

Next up, on the afternoon of Saturday 18 September, there’s FREE live music at Bolton Library.  Yes, it’s time to get dancing amongst thousands of books to the African and Latin sounds of Britannia Rumba.  It’s a don’t miss as the group has toured all over the UK, Europe, and Africa with leading African musicians.  And now they’re playing Bolton Library!  There are two repeated shows at 2pm and 3.30pm.

It’s FREE, ticket only, and you can book your tickets here

Creative conversations about climate change

Left to right.  Murad Chowdhury (social media commission artist), Emmanuela Yogolelo (singer), Sarah Yaseen (contemporary Sufi singer) and Rabia Begum (poet)

On Saturday 25 September, between 12pm – 4pm, be part of Voices For Action, a FREE mini-festival, with a world perspective on climate change and its impact on people. Voices For Action features music, poetry, visual and digital arts, and discussion. There are African sounds from singer Emmanuela Yogolelo, contemporary Sufi music from Sarah Yaseen, poetry from Rabia Begum with Lubna Ali and Fatimah Fagihassan, plus social media art from Murad Chowdhury. Communities from Oldham and Greater Manchester – and Germany – will be part of the global campaign on climate change. With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow this autumn, people are talking about climate change and campaigning.  And what better way to do it than with some art and music?

And you’re promised some great food to fuel our ideas, too.

The afternoon is FREE, ticket only, and you can book your tickets here

In October, we’ve got some art, music and dance workshops in Oldham and Manchester.

Join us at Oldham’s Northmoor Library on Saturday 2 October, from 10am – 1 pm for a FREE family-friendly afternoon of workshops from two Bangladeshi heritage artists. There’s storytelling from Apu Chowdhury and visual poetry from Rabia Begum.

The afternoon is FREE, ticket only, and you can book your tickets here

And booking is coming soon for our events in Manchester.  Check out social media! 

Saturday 16 OctoberForum Library in Wythenshawe from 2pm – 4.30pm

A family-friendly workshop and performance by AMANI artists, Tagne Tebu and Emmanuela Yogolelo, who will perform sub-Saharan singing and percussion plus a doll-making workshop with Gloria Saya.

Saturday 23 OctoberLongsight Library from 1.30pm – 4pm

A family-friendly workshop and performance of Ethiopian dance with Masresha Getahun Wondmu, Persian percussion workshop with Arian Sadr, and an Art of Protest workshop with artist Mei Yuk Wong.

Saturday 30 OctoberBeswick Library from 1pm – 4pm

A family-friendly workshop and performance featuring West African percussion and dance with Imani Jendai and Tagne Tebu, plus a doll-making workshop with Gloria Saya.


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