The world’s first International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival will take place in Manchester from 15 to 18 November 2018. The landmark event is being organised by With One Voice (a Streetwise Opera initiative) along with partners from around Greater Manchester.
The Summit and Festival will bring together 200 people from 14 countries to debate and celebrate the role of the arts in supporting and giving a voice to people with a lived experience of homelessness. The event will showcase arts projects, policy innovations and practice from around the world. Greater Manchester has been chosen to host the Summit and Festival due to its world-leading practice and policy innovations in the arts and homelessness sector.
A free launch event will be held at Whitworth Art Gallery on 15 March, which will be attended by Greater Manchester’s homelessness and arts sectors, businesses and members of the public. The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who has pledged to eradicate rough sleeping in Manchester by 2020, will be speaking at the launch event. Burnham recently signed up to The Institute of Global Homelessness’s international drive to tackle homelessness.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) is one of the founder funders of With One Voice and supported its launch in Brazil in 2016. With One Voice evolved from projects which celebrated the artistic achievements of performers who had experienced homelessness at the London 2012 and Brazil 2016 Olympic Games. It is now an international movement that aims to strengthen the arts and homelessness sector through exchanges in practice and policy.
“In only six years With One Voice has gone from a performance in London to an international movement,” says Andrew Barnett, director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
“The summit will showcase how arts organisations can engage the most vulnerable people in our communities, and connect practitioners wanting to learn and do more.”
The Foundation supports arts organisations through its PARTIS programme in Portugal, which funds projects which connect communities through the arts. The UK Branch’s Participatory Performing Arts programme is closing, and its Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations is starting its secondary, exploratory phase.
To confirm your free place at the March launch event with Andy Burnham, click here.