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