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A Feast of Free Activities for Families at Journeys Festival International Manchester

4 October 2019 to 13 October 2019Visit website

Artists, musicians and performers from around the world are coming together to celebrate the 4th annual return of Journeys Festival International Manchester, produced by ArtReach, which runs from 4 - 13 October 2019 across the city.

From free live music and storytelling performances to international digital art with exhibitions by artists from France, Hong Kong and Iran. Plus installations, pop-up galleries and creative arts workshops from a range of UK artists working in asylum seeking communities. This year’s Festival will bring artists from over 15 countries to Manchester to explore a diverse range of arts events, exhibitions, concerts and family friendly workshops for people to enjoy.

Festival highlights include the Journeys Live event on 12 October, focussing activity around Cathedral Gardens, this annual event will feature a free outdoor concert by world-class musicians and bands. People will also be able to enjoy global cuisine, dance performances and an incredible mobile digital art display, Angels, in nearby Piccadilly Gardens on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.

The Festival team will take over 4 libraries across the city with free creative arts workshops as part of Fun Palaces, you can try calligraphy at North City Library, mini-magazine making at Wythenshawe Library and banner making at Central Library all on 5 October. On 1 and 8 October at Longsight Library, Wythenshawe Library and North City Library there are free storytelling sessions available for families too.

At Manchester Museum local artist, Jessica El Mal, has taken over the third floor of the museum with a plant based installation, This Garden of Ours, which explores the migration of plants and humans across the planet. There’s plenty for families to do at the launch event for this installation and everyone is invited to join the Festival team at Manchester Museum on Thursday 10 October from 6.00pm to explore this installation and join in with free creative activities.

Visit their website to see the full programme and find out more.
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