Tales to Inspire: Building a Platform to Share Heartwarming Stories of Survival and Recovery

As we’re all stuck inside during lockdown, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feel inspired to motivate ourselves to do something productive. Tales to Inspire is a platform that shares inspiring messages and brings interesting stories of courage, overcoming hardship and transformation together in one place. The organisation’s founder, Krish Patel, started the organisation with the…

Rockets and Blue Lights: Using Theatre to Confront the Legacy of the Past

‘While names such as William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson have lived on as the heroes of the [British abolition] movement…the names of its heroines and their role in blazing a trail where men could only but follow has been all but wiped from popular memory’ – Cahal Milmo, The Independent The history of British abolition,…

Week 53 Festival at The Lowry: Looking to Manchester’s Past to Address the Power Imbalances of Today

Slavery. Freedom. Imprisonment. Abolition. Incarceration. Liberation. The imbalance of power in contemporary society has fostered the creation of hierarchical structures that separate people based on specific classifications including gender, ethnicity, class, religion, and nationality. These imbalances translate into intense and unjust prejudices against groups of people who tend to suffer under systems of discrimination and…

Muslim Culture and Manchester: Connecting Communities through MACFEST

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of covering a selection of the events at this year’s MACFEST (Muslim Arts & Culture Festival). The festival was originally established in the wake of the Manchester Arena attacks in order to bring people of all faiths and ethnicities together, celebrating Muslim art, culture and…