29 June – 16 July 2017


The Lowry

Free event

Sat 1 – Sun 9 July

A new work by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Personal reflections on Partition

World premiere

In this unique and deeply beautiful immersive exhibition, two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reflects on the largest mass migration ever witnessed, which took place exactly 70 years ago this year. HOME1947 puts a human face on history, asking what it means to find and feel at home.

More than 10 million people were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan. HOME1947 brings a powerfully personal perspective to their collective story – through a series of short drama and documentary films, a gallery installation, and an elegiac reimagining of a century-old house, recreating the long-lost sights, sounds and smells of what millions once called home.

As the refugee crisis continues to affect millions across the world, HOME1947 shows us this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it.


Sangam 2017: An Evening of Sublime Sufi Music

To celebrate the opening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s HOME1947, an immersive installation marking 70 years since the Partition of British India, we’re delighted to present a one-off concert bringing together two of Sufi music’s brightest female stars.

Sanam Marvi, an extraordinary, much-loved singer and a dazzling master of the epic qawwali style, and Harshdeep Kaur, a popular playback singer known for her soulful voice and Bollywood hits, will be joining forces at The Lowry – performing solo sets and then singing together for the very first time. Hosted by Noreen Khan of the BBC Asian Network, this evening of sublime Sufi music will celebrate the extraordinarily rich musical culture of South Asia in unique and inspiring style. Click here to book.

Artist talk:

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is in conversation with historian David Olusoga at 10.30am on Saturday July 1 at Halle St Peters. Tickets are £5 via Interdependence or call 0843 208 1840.

Imagined Homeland

A one-day symposium on the impact of Partition and today’s refugee crisis, organised as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2018. Click here to book.

Open Film & Photography Competition

We’re inviting you to respond to the themes of HOME1947 by creating a photograph or short film exploring what the word ‘home’ means to you.

Your entry may focus on stories, memories, emotions, journeys, traditions or objects that resonate with the idea of home, perhaps following themes of migration, conflict and loss relating to the same concept.

Two winning entries will be selected to be showcased alongside the world premiere of HOME1947 during MIF17. We’ll also showcase selected runners-up on a range of media platforms during the Festival.

This is an open competition, and anyone of any age can enter. If you’re interested in photography and film, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for work that’s dynamic, engaging, evocative and original. You don’t need advanced digital skills to enter the competition.


Entries for this competition are now CLOSED.

Please check back on 23 June when the winners will be announced.

We will share images and entries online during the festival.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Aleeha Badat, Shanaz Gulzar & Maheen Sadiq
Ali Asghar Alavi
Design Consultant
Huda Tufail
Graphic Designer
With contributions from
SOC Films,
Mobeen Ansari
Taha Malik
Ahsan Bari
Kamal Khan Gali Films
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan
The Partition Museum in Amritsar
Safyah Usmani
Syed Ayub
Faizan Ali
Nadir Siddiqui
Khurram Victor
Murtaza Ali
Husain Qaizar
Sijal Rehmane
Wasif Arshad

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the British Council and Super Slow Way. Produced by Manchester International Festival and The Lowry.

Photo: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2017
© Nadir Siddiqui