As part of Manchester
Histories Festival 2018 and in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan
University, Manchester Histories is presenting ‘Soapbox’ from 8th-10th
June where we will create a Speakers Corner at All Saint’s Park off Oxford Road.
To do this we have chosen the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech for the 2018
Manchester Histories Festival. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary
of the TUC, which was formed at the Manchester
Mechanics' Institute by the Manchester
and Salford Trades Council with values of democracy, freedom of
speech and the right to protest going to the very heart of the
organisation. In addition, over the next two years Manchester Histories
will be developing and delivering programmes of work to lead up
to the 200th anniversary of
the Peterloo massacre in 2019.
cannot function without an active commitment to freedom of expression which
enables citizens to access and exchange information, share ideas, form
judgements, communicate opinions, promote causes and thereby participate in
their governance. Moreover, the freedom to express minority or dissident views
is not only a test of democratic government but also, through their contest
with orthodoxy, the means by which values are affirmed or amended and social
progress is made. In the current political climate the themes of protest,
democracy, and freedom of speech are
resonating around the world and Manchester Histories are
offering you the opportunity to
be part of this dialogue through your participation in our 2018 festival.
The park will be transformed by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and local artists, with a hustings, new visual identity, and food and drink stalls. This work is supported by History at Man Met and the School of Art & Design.
Apply now to be part
Deadline for applications
12noon, Monday 2nd April 2018. After this we will contact you with further details and confirm your slot. Thank you