29 June – 16 July 2017

We Need to Talk About Power

Hallé St Peter’s

Sat 1 July

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Lubaina Himid, Bad Language and more

Co-presented with FutureEverything

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a double Academy Award-winning film-maker and the creator of HOME1947 at MIF17, marking 70 years since the partition of British India. Obaid-Chinoy’s most recent film, The Girl in the River, provoked Pakistan’s Prime Minister to declare ‘there is no honour in honour killing’. ‘That,’ she says, ‘is the power of film.’ Angelina Jolie has said of Obaid-Chinoy’s work that she gives ‘voice to those who cannot be heard, she celebrates the strength and resilience of those fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds — and winning.’ Obaid-Chinoy joins us to talk about the remarkable HOME1947 and what motivates her fearless campaigning.

Lubaina Himid, who has created the unique set for Interdependence, will give an illustrated talk on art, power, black history and identity. Born in Zanzibar and based in Britain, Himid is an artist and educator who was a leader in the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. Following shows this year in Oxford, Milton Keynes and Nottingham, Himid has been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize.

Bad Language, the multi-award-winning, Manchester-based live literature team, and FutureEverything, the award-winning lab for digital culture, join forces to ask ‘What Can We Demand of the Digital Age?’ This special literature event will explore the relationship between power and digital culture at a time when we need to reinvent the role of narrative to suit our rapidly evolving, technologically mediated society. With contributions from Andrew O’Hagan, the acclaimed author and journalist, and Deanna Rodger, a leading spoken-word artist and the curator of Come Rhyme With Me.


We Need to Talk About Power is part of Interdependence: We Need to Talk, six themed sessions of provocative conversation and new ideas staged every Saturday during MIF17.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. In association with FutureEverything.

Image: © Fraser Muggeridge studio