Solidarity Social from 1pm onwards on Saturday 12 June launches 2021’s Horizons Festival

Horizons Festival 2021 (Saturday 12 - Friday 18 June) embraces this year’s national Refugee Week theme: 'We Cannot Walk Alone'.

We’ve got SUNSHINE this Saturday 12 June for Solidarity Social, the FREE festival launch, outdoors at HOME on the Bruntwood Stage in Homeground, HOME’s temporary outdoor space between 1 pm – 7 pm.

The event kicks off the Horizons 2021 Festival (Saturday 12 June- Friday 18 June). 

And we’ve got the line-up confirmed so come and enjoy the sunshine with DJs, spoken word, and live global sounds from the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America in a chilled family-friendly atmosphere!

Solidarity Social line-up:

1 pm – poets Nikki Mailer and Mandla Rae take to the stage.

1.15 pmGemima Band led by Congolese frontwoman, saxophonist Gemima Mbuyi-Tshimanga who has toured to Belgium; Paris, France; Senegal, and Portugal. Expect original jazz-infused, Congolese-inspired music from this up-and-coming band.

2.30 pmThe Bayan Ensemble takes to the Bruntwood Stage with Persian percussion with a Latin, African, and Indian twist.

4.40 pmLuma Trio presents music from Latin America sharing the continent’s vibrant and diverse musical heritage with traditional and contemporary instruments.

6 pm – Enjoy the flamboyant frontman Blanchard de Plaizir and Britannia Rumba who’ll play high-energy Soukouss, unique dance rhythms from Democratic Republic of Congo, fusing African and Latin sounds.

Due to Covid safety restrictions, HOME is taking table bookings for food and drink here at Homeground – Book restaurants online with ResDiary  Check out HOME’s Covid information so your visit is safe.

Throughout the Horizons Festival there’s an astounding, provocative, and stimulating programme of film, music, performance, visual art, and discussion, presented live or streamed into your home.

Head over to HOME’s website and check out the complete festival line-up. Events are Pay What You Can.  Some events are ticketed so book to avoid disappointment.

On Sunday 13 June there’s more with Journeys International Festival, produced by ArtReach, on Homeground’s Bruntwood Stage between 12 noon – 5.30 pm. Expect live sounds from Young Amani, mixes from DJ Chandé, a performance by Heritage Survival, and the Gazelleband performing Palestinian music.

Head over to the Bruntwood Stage in the city’s Exchange Square to catch the Amani Creatives stage takeover on Saturday 12 June (12 noon – 7 pm) and Sunday 13 June (12 noon – 5 pm). Expect an extremely lively blend of African sounds with contemporary Congolese, Gospel, Zimbabwean, Sierra Leonean Palm wine music, and Salsa.

Refugee Week’s theme for 2021 is #WeCannotWalkAlone 

The phrase ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ is taken from the US civil rights activist Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream’ speech which called for all people from all backgrounds to join together in the fight for freedom, a rallying call that resonates today just as much as it did in 1963.

Given the crisis in the US over police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, injustices throughout the world such as the persecution of the Uighur people in China and women rising up through the #MeToo movement, We Cannot Walk Alone is a powerful theme for Refugee Week UK 2021.

The Horizons Festival 2021 celebrates the enduring power of creativity and the immensely talented international artists who have made Manchester their home.

CAN and HOME invite audiences to celebrate the resilience and solidarity of Manchester’s diverse communities; the spirit that has seen generations of Manchester’s people stand in solidarity time and time again; fighting for freedom, human rights and laying the foundations for a fairer society.

Reach out beyond your bubble, connect with your neighbours, your communities, with new communities and campaigns, and, of course, with us too!

We’re delighted to be back with live and in-person events!

And if you weren’t there (or you were and want to relive that day of solidarity, sunshine and music…), here’s a film made on the day.

P.S. Look out for some more Horizons programming including live theatre scheduled for Autumn 2021 when Covid lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Due to Covid safety restrictions, HOME is taking table bookings for food and drink here at Homeground – Book restaurants online with ResDiary  Check out HOME’s Covid information so your visit is safe. 

Over the course of the Horizons Festival there’s an astounding, provocative, and stimulating programme of film, music, performance, visual art, and discussion, presented live or streamed into your home.

Head over to HOME’s website and check out the complete festival line-up. Events are Pay What You CanNote: some events are ticketed so book to avoid disappointment.

Refugee Week’s theme for 2021 is #WeCannotWalkAlone 

The phrase ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ is taken from the US civil rights activist Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have a Dream’ speech that called for all people from all backgrounds to join together in the fight for freedom, a rallying call that resonates today just as much as it did in 1963.

Given the crisis in the US over police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, injustices throughout the world such as the persecution of the Uighur people in China and women rising up through the #MeToo movement, We Cannot Walk Alone is a powerful theme for Refugee Week UK 2021.

The Horizons Festival 2021 celebrates the enduring power of creativity and the immensely talented international artists who have made Manchester their home.

CAN and HOME invite audiences to celebrate the resilience and solidarity of Manchester’s diverse communities; the spirit that has seen generations of Manchester’s people stand in solidarity time and time again; fighting for freedom, human rights and laying the foundations for a fairer society.

Reach out beyond your bubble, connect with your neighbours, your communities, with new communities and campaigns, and, of course, with us too!

We’re delighted to be back with live and in-person events!

P.S. Look out for some more Horizons programming including live theatre scheduled for Autumn 2021 when Covid lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Photos: Shirlaine Forrest.

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