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17 September 2021 Book tickets

Ripples of Hope Festival - Day 1 
HOME Manchester
17 - 19 September

The Ripples of Hope Festival - a new Festival that celebrates the power of people to make human rights a reality - invites you to three days of workshops, performances and debates.

Day 1 of The Ripples of Hope Festival begins with conversations exploring the theme of DIGNITY & JUSTICE, which sits at the very centre of human rights. Sessions will explore criminal justice, the rights of the homeless, modern day slavery, the care system, policies that promote discrimination and masculinity and violence. 

Together, we then dive into the theme of ACTIVISM & PARTICIPATION. Being able to access our community life and take part in the decisions that affect us is fundamental to who we can be as individuals and how we shape our society. Conversations will cover topics from the digital divide and the proliferation of fake news to protecting freedom of speech and the power of young people to change the world.

You’ll hear from speakers including human rights barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; journalist Amelia Gentleman; CEO of In Place of War Ruth Daniel; former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE; artist and educator David Tovey; Director of English PEN Daniel Gorman and poet, playwright & broadcaster Lemn Sissay.

The evening will see two special events:

The celebrated author and activist Elif Shafak will deliver the 2021 English PEN HG Wells Lecture, introduced by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC.

Poetic Declaration 1-10, hosted by UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage CBE, that unveils the ground-breaking new work of 10 poets in response to Articles 1-10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Speakers will include Imtiaz Dharker, Sjon, Mona Arshi, Shivanee Ramlochan, Raymond Antrobus, Tishani Doshi, Malika Booker, Demani from Young Identity, Glyn Maxwell and Linton Kwesi Johnson. 


Learn about Day 2 and Day 3