Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend, 9–10 November 2019, from £12 - Book now
In an ever-expanding city, that is now growing upwards as well as outwards, more and more people are choosing to live in the midst of the metropolis. We share streets, buildings, walls and lanes, often without ever knowing the names of those geographically closest to us. Manchester-based theatre company, Quarantine, are trying to address this with a weekend of culture exploring what it is to be a neighbour in a growing city. Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend is part of an EU funded and artist lead initiative taking place between five international and expanding cities.
Explore what neighbourliness might look like in modern living environments.
Join them for two days of art, music, conversation and shared meals with a focus on what it is like to live amongst a shifting urban landscape. Come together with a cross-section of central residents, artists, academics and developers to ask questions, share experiences and explore how we relate to one another in an environment that perhaps doesn’t always promote neighbourliness.
The weekend begins in multiple secret locations where you’ll meet those living close to you and explore some of the lesser-known parts of the area. The starting locations of these purpose-built guided tours will be texted to individuals the day before. You could find yourself talking to Manchester city centre’s longest-standing resident or touring a building site and seeing how the city might change in the next few years.
This will be followed by an afternoon of reflection and conversation. It aims to be a space where all voices can be heard. Conversations will be triggered with prompts and provocations from Guardian senior economics commentator, Aditya Chakrabortty. as well as Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee and researcher Dr Ransford A. Acheampong among others.
The day will end with some neighbourly bonding and live music from some of Manchester’s freshest musical talents.
On Sunday 10th, the gaze will leave Manchester and move towards cities across Europe and North Africa that are currently experiencing a similar level of expansion. Each of the cities has been part of the ongoing Meet the Neighbours project so it will be a chance to share the experiences of each place. With food and guided conversation, thinkers, researchers and residents will explore the nature of neighbourliness in these modern living environments. What does being a neighbour look like in the cities of the future?