Horizons Festival is back. This week-long celebration of artists who have adopted Manchester as their home, will see a variety of film, theatre, music and discussion themed around the Martin Luther King quote “we cannot walk alone”. As part of the festival activities, Julia Savage from Asylum Matters will be hosting a live online discussion about the Hostile Environment in Britain’s immigration policies. The festival’s theme is a rallying call for people of all backgrounds to fight for human rights, with words that transcend a particular time or place.
Julia has worked and campaigned with refugee communities in Manchester since 2005 and has a wealth of experience in upholding and enforcing the realisation of human rights. She also has a degree in Human Rights and democratisation and has watched our systems transform over the past couple of decades, witnessing the very real effects it imposes on individuals and families.
you will be sure to learn something
Joining her will be people with lived experience of the current asylum system, they are Refugee Action’s RAS voices. The discussion will address a range of issues, from larger institutional problems through to everyday problems and difficulties faced by those seeking asylum. You will be sure to learn something and better understand the current situation for those trying to escape dangerous situations as well as why the term hostile environment is used.
Horizons festival is a partnership between HOME and Community Arts North West. One of the other highlights to look out for is a day of music, poetry and dance taking place at Homeground, HOME’s new outdoor stage. Check out the website for a full programme of events as well as booking details.