29 June – 16 July 2017


A new work by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Reflections on the Partition of British India

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: the Partition of British India, which took place exactly 70 years ago. HOME1947 puts a human face on history, asking what it means to find and feel at home.

More than 10 million people left their homes through Partition, never to return. 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 in British India, 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 Partition 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.

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.

For more information and detailed entry guidelines, please download the information sheet and submission form below:


home1947 open competition submission form open competition


You will need to submit your completed submission form, along with your files, via WeTransfer to home1947@mif.co.uk by midnight on Wed 31 May 2017.

Please note that we’re unable to accept entries by post. Winners will be notified by Wed 14 June 2017.

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