Summit Programme

Part of the International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival is also a 4 days conference at The Whitworth.  This Summit will explore the themes of People, Practice, Policy, Performance and Partnerships in relation of arts and homelessness. With People and Performance at its heart, the Summit focuses on one of the themes each day bringing together practitioners, artists, activists, academics and policy makers together. 50% of the tickets available are allocated for people who are or have been homeless to be able to attend for free. For more information about tickets, click here

Each day, attend key-note speeches and panel discussions in the morning and join in practical workshop sessions in the afternoon. On Saturday, visit organisations across Greater Manchester for taster sessions and seeing their work first hand. On Sunday, join us for a reflection day and the closing event.

Each evening, Summit delegates are also invited to attend free Festival events. 


Summit Programme Highlights

Day 1 - Thursday 15th November - Practice 
Conference at The Whitworth: Thur 15 Nov / 09.00-18.30

Programme highlights include:
Morning: Panel discussion about measuring the impact of arts and homelessness projects; hearing from local and national projects about their work.
Afternoon: Break-out workshops sharing practices from around the world including film projects from WAYout in Freetown to Lyte Collective in Chicago; poetry from Cocoroom, Osaka and the Urban Poet Ged Austin, Manchester; music from Dallas Street Choir to Uma só Voz, Rio; visual arts from Seattle’s Path With Art and Sketch, Toronto and many more.
Evening: Free Festival events including Open Mic Night and international performance showcase

Day 2 - Friday 16th November - Policy
Conference at The Whitworth: Fri 16 Nov / 09.00-18.30

Programme highlights include:
Morning: Discussions about arts being involved in homelessness policy; cultural spaces and homelessness; legislative theatre from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Afternoon: Break-out workshops including artists living in squats, LGBT people who are homeless and arts; Cardboard Citizens and more short presentations about local, national and international projects; an Open Space event
Evening: Free Festival Events programme including They Can't Take That Away From Me, a musical theatre production by the The Edge in association with the Booth Centre

Day 3 - Partnerships
Open Day tours: Sat 17 Nov / from 10am

Open Days at various arts orgs/venues and homeless orgs/centre in GM. Free and open to the public.

Programme highlights include: Streetwise Opera at Manchester Art Gallery an exhibition at Castlefield Gallery; an LGBT awareness project by Men’s Room; a film programme curated by Homeless Film Festival; an ‘art jam’ at Mancunian Way; a project by The Lowry with young people from Salford; a performance of The Political History of Smack and Crack by Ed Edwards at Mustard Tree; a public mural in Manchester created by people who are or have been homeless and artist/activist Joel Bergner; the photography exhibition Inspirational People by Matt Priestly and the Booth Centre at Piccadilly Gardens and much more!

Day 4 - Final wrap and Closing Event
Conference at The Whitworth: Sun 18 Nov / 09.00-14.00
Final wrap up and reflections 

Programme highlights include: An Open Space event, reflections and pledges from delegates. Summit/Festival closing event: Man On Bench Fairy Tale, a new opera created by Unlimited supported Emerging Artist David Tovey of the One Festival and Museum of Homelessness.