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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Our City, Our Home

5 June 2017

The University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices are delighted to announce their event series, Our City, Our Home, collaborating with Refugee Week and Manchester Refugee Support Network. Beginning on Monday 19th June, the 5-day series will take place at Z-arts, a family centre that focuses on creativity for all ages.

Child's drawing of a tank

Our City, Our Home is a variety of new works, with the overarching theme discussing the journey made by those within the refugee community. While an exhibition entitled Home Is… queries what makes a home, there will be events taking place simultaneously that celebrate the welcoming of refugee communities to Manchester.

Home Is...begins with an interactive and homely layout that discusses the ideas of what it means to be home and to lose such security, as well as moving to a new home, and the items that are brought on the journey. Meanwhile, events from artists in residency will be taking place all week, leading to an official Refugee Week celebration that will close the Our City, Our Home series.

Exhibition

Home Is… will reflect what it means to be a refugee within the UK, highlighting media headlines that are interspersed with personal narratives from refugees that detail the journey made by those forced to leave their homes. These have been selected from the Race Relations Centre, and will give you a fascinating insight into the lives of refugees, and the way in which they are presented in UK media. Home Is... shows the nature of media depictions – find the truth for yourself of what it means to be a refugee in Manchester.

In addition to these stories, United Nations have allowed us to make use of Against All Odds, an interactive video game experience that immerses visitors into the reality of the experiences of refugees worldwide. Embark on your own journey from home, escaping a war-torn country to arriving at a foreign land, and ask discover the choices that must be made along the way.   

Understand the effect of living in a war-torn country and being forced to leave your home from the perspective of a child, with a collection of drawings from Syrian children that give a poignant insight into what it means to be a young person in such an environment. Compare your expectations of a child’s artwork to these drawings, and ask yourself what it means to be a young person without a childhood.  There is also rare opportunity for local children to interact with this artwork, and create their own.

Events 

Home Is…

Monday 19 June 2017, 12pm - Friday 23 June 12pm, Z-arts

Exhibition launch: Monday 19 June from 5pm

An exhibition with an interactive and homely layout that discusses the ideas of what it means to be at home and to lose such security, as well as moving to a new home, and the items that are brought on the journey. Home Is… will reflect what it means to be a refugee within the UK, highlighting media representations interspersed with personal narratives that detail the journey made by those forced to leave their home. On display will be photographs, refugee narratives, Syrian children's drawings and the United Nations’ Against All Odds video game.

You are invited to join us at our launch event which will officially begin our Refugee Week programme, and will include opening speeches and refreshments. From Tuesday the exhibition will be open from 9am - 9pm until it closes at 12pm on Friday 23rd June, so there are plenty of opportunities to pop in.

Refugee week film screenings

Monday 19 June, 2pm - 4pm, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum

Public screening of short films produced by MA History students at the University of Manchester on the Museum’s theme of ‘Migration’, hosted by Professor of Public History Michael Wood .

Refugee cultural festival

Friday 23 June, 4pm- 8.30pm, Z-arts

Our refugee week programme culminates with the annual Manchester Refugee Week celebration event organised in conjunction with Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN), a celebration of refugee culture with live performances, food, drink, music and dancing. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend, and the entrance is free of charge. Bring along your friends, family and neighbours to celebrate diversity of our city and the coming together of communities.

Artists in residency programme

Monday 19 - Friday 23 June, Z-arts

Throughout refugee week there will be two artists in residence working in the Z-arts Atrium space to create a new piece of work which explore the themes within the Home Is… exhibition. This work will be premiered as part of the refugee cultural festival. The Atrium is open to the public and visitors will be able to catch glimpses of the live creative process in action and watch the creation come to life as it happens.

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