Manchester Storytelling Festival: what’s going on?

The free five-day event includes exhibitions, performances, author talks and workshops to explore today’s key topics around climate change – and what’s to come in the future.

Manchester Histories Festival explores the story of our warming planet and looks at what’s next with art exhibitions, talks, workshops and more.

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The event, which is taking place across the city-region, kicked off on Wednesday (June 8) and will run through Sunday (June 12).

Here’s our guide to what’s happening at the festival and what you can expect.

What’s happening at the Manchester Stories Festival?

The festival brings together communities, individuals, cultural organizations, educational institutions and charities to delve deeper into the five-day program on this crucial topic.

Organizers say Greater Manchester’s importance in the Industrial Revolution makes it an ideal place to explore how humans are changing their environment and the planet.

The festival uses arts and creativity, lectures, workshops and discussions to reflect on climate change and its impact on the future.

The Climate Change Myth Buster by Walk the Plank

Manchester Central Library is hosting an opportunity to create climate cartoons and watch a performance about the 2015 Boxing Day floods, while there are also activities for young people. This happens on Saturday June 11.

There is also an exhibition of climate-related cartoons at the Wythenshawe Library throughout June.

Climate Change Myth Buster, an interactive performance installation by arts organization Walk the Plank, engages people in conversation at Angel Meadow Park on Saturday, June 11.

This will be part of a full day of activities in the green space, which was heavily polluted during the days of the industrial revolution, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food stalls, vegetarian cuisine, live music, storytelling and more.

And the Gallery Oldham hosts exhibitions dedicated to the best of British wildlife photography and a microscopic look at the miniature world that exists all around us.

Greater Manchester’s history is also in the spotlight. Manchester Central Library will host author Brian Groom who will talk about Northerners from the Ice Age to the present day on Thursday June 9, while on Friday June 10 the industrial age that transformed Manchester into Cottonopolis will be explored by Dr. Aditya Ramesh and Dr. Jenna Ashton.

There will also be a talk at Gallery Oldham on Saturday June 11 called Climate Change Then and Now, which starts with the gallery’s fossil collection and moves through different species and habitats.

Part of the program also takes a more dramatic rather than contemplative approach to the issue. The wicked issue at Manchester Central Library on Thursday June 9 has an audience acting as the jury when a climate law, created by the authoritarian Green government that comes to power in 2061, is broken.

An image from the powerful exhibition For Those Who Are to Come, which is in Manchester Central Library. Credit: Bruno Kelly

The library’s Wolfson Reading Room also hosts For Those Who Are To Come, which first appeared at COP26 and examines the importance of the Amazon region.

Also at the library on Saturday, June 11 Taking Action to Ensure We Have a Story, will take place with Zoe Cohen of the protest and direct action group Just Stop Oil discussing the use of mass nonviolent civil disobedience to keep alive the hope of achieving large-scale evolution at the pace of the fight against the climate threat.

The festival ends on Sunday June 12 with a day of celebration at Gorton Monastery. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be over 50 booths representing museums, heritage buildings, archives and family societies and activities including creative workshops, musical performances and a pop-up museum courtesy of the Manchester Museum.

How to book to go to the festival?

Full program information is available on the festival website here.

Booking events at Manchester Central Library can be done here.

There is no need to book in advance for events at Angel Meadow Park and The Monastery, you can just show up.

What have we said about the Manchester Histories Festival?

Manchester Histories, the charity which organizes the festival, said it hoped positive lessons about community and coming together could be learned from the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, as it believes this will needed to make the planet greener. square.

Karen Shannon, CEO of Manchester Histories, said: “It is wonderful to bring a large-scale Manchester Stories Festival to life again.

“In many ways, the past two years have brought people closer together and only by continuing to do so in our approach to climate change will we make the necessary progress.

“Our goal is to share lessons and insights from the past, bring people together to ask questions and seek solutions, and collectively look to the future.

“We will do this with an exciting program of events full of different and creative ways to explore climate change.”

What is Manchester Histories?

Manchester Histories is an award-winning charity which seeks to explore and celebrate the history of Greater Manchester and the people who have called the 10 boroughs their home over the years.

The charity hopes looking to the past will connect Mancunians to history and suggest ways to shape the future by learning from what has gone before.

The Manchester Stories Festival takes place every two years.

Other large-scale events organized by the charity include a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019 and DigiFest 2020, a celebration and recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act ( 1970).

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