Watch films from our partners specially commissioned for the Horizons Festival 2021

We were delighted to present four films inspired by the theme We Cannot Walk Alone to wrap up 2021's Horizons Festival

Young people from Afrocats responded to 2021’s Horizons Festival, the arts festival celebrating Refugee Week developed and delivered in partnership with HOME, theme #WeCannotWalkAlone through creative movement and poetry created during lockdown.

Filmed in Whitworth Park by Leah Olwen Llewelyn and co-created by the young people with dance artist, Maya Marsh, and spoken word artist Keisha Thompson, this moving performance highlighted the relevance of the 1960s US civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s iconic speech ‘I Have A Dream’ to today’s young people.  This dynamic performance from Afrocats’ Youth of the World programme showcased the creative expression and talents of young people from Manchester’s new migrant communities.


Leaders and campaigners from three local refugee-led organisations and groups – Rethink Rebuild Society, RAS Voices at Refugee Action and Migrant Destitution Action GM shared stories of their work and real-life refugee experiences. The groups explained the ways in which people can get involved in supporting Greater Manchester-based refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.




Rethink Rebuild:

Rani Moorthy

Filmmaker: Moaz El Sayed

RAS Voices:

Jean Masele

Migrant Destitution Action:

Mariatu Sissay


Performed by young people from the Youth of the World programme.

Dance Artist: Maya Marsh.

Spoken Word Artist: Keisha Thompson.

Filmmaker: Leah Olwen Llewelyn.

Chief Executive Officer of Afrocats: Magdalen Bartlett

Project Funders:

Migrant Destitution Fund GM

Arts Council England

Manchester City Council

National Lottery Awards for All

BBC Children In Need

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