Soapbox 2018

Your chance to have your say through spoken word, poetry, music, song, whatever to express your ideas, creativity and thoughts.

As part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018 and in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Histories is presenting ‘Soapbox’.

Manchester Histories Festival (7 – 11 June) is inviting people to get on their ‘Soapbox’ and have their say with a weekend-long event that embodies the festival’s themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech.

Soapbox (8 – 10 June), which will take place in All Saint’s Park,is part of Manchester Histories Festival’s packed programme of events, and combines eclectic performances with the creation of a forum for anyone to get up and talk about what really matters to them. Compares will include the indubitable Reece Williams, Shirley May, Liv Barnes from Young Identity Collective, alongside punk poet Toria Garbutt, who will also be sharing some of their own original spoken words and verse. 

The Soapbox on which people will stand to oracle their ideas, has been created by architecture students from Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester.

All Saint’s Park will be transformed into a site of peaceful protest with placards and banners, including a huge reproduction of the iconic CND symbol which will be visiting Manchester as part of CND’s UK-wide tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.  There will also be stalls selling a selection of food and drink.

Variety and the unexpected will be the order of the day with performances of all kinds.  Some of the highlights include a new performance about the suffragettes, marking 100 years since some women received the vote for the first time in the UK. Special guests RE:CON (Contacts’ Young Producers and Programmers) will curate an hour of their own performances and the amazing and imaginative storyteller and author Michelle Green will give a public reading of ‘There Are Five Ways Out Of This Room’ which focuses on the plight of the suffragettes. 

Application to perform have closed but there will be Open Mic slots each day giving people the chance to step up onto the hustings and have their say!

Soapbox is collaboration between Manchester Histories and Manchester Metropolitan University and is supported by Laing O’Rouke.  This is a free event and no pre-booking is required. 

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Applications are now closed but each day there will be an Open Mic Session, just turn up and we will try and give you a slot. Keep you eye out on our programme and events calendar for further details and timings. Thank you.

Guidelines for presentaions

The work should fit into a 10 -15 minute maximum time slot when performed.

Be set around the themes of the festival. Protest, democracy, and freedom of speech.

The work needs to be spoken out loud by the writer or another person. 

The work can be presented in any language. 

If you have any special requirements please let us know how we can help.

We are a charity with limited funds so we are unable to offer any fee for performances.

The work needs to adhere to Article 10, Freedom of Speech Act, which means the performance should contain no hate speech or incitement of physical violence and libel against other individuals. 

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