Festival In My House… And Yours: Meet the Artists

We are incredibly excited to introduce our new cohort of Festival In My House… And Yours artists, selected by an amazing community panel from across Greater Manchester!

Over the next 6 months, we’ll be supporting each of these fantastic Greater Manchester creatives develop and present new artworks and events online.

With themes ranging from sustainable fashion and organic cookery to theatre and storytelling around class, youth voice, disability and Black struggle – we can’t wait to share what they come up with!

 

Girl Gang Manchester

Girl Gang Manchester are a collective of artists, activists, academics and party instigators led by Megan Marie Griffiths.

Megan is teaming up with fellow Girl Gang members Shonagh Short, Jenny Gaskell, Justina Aina & Lowri Evans, to create an ambitious online cross art-form event exploring the politics and creativity of domestic spaces for modern women.

Join the gang on 17 December, 7pm for an eclectic mash-up of karaoke in the shower, choreographed washing dances and the ultimate online celebration of feminist mass destruction.

With 75+ events under their belt already, including immersive screenings, theatre, exhibitions, creative club nights, workshops and online projects, we’re looking forward to an event that’s fun, politically engaged and packed with creativity!

Rebels of Extinction

Becky Taylor Sharman, Ashokji Bhojaji Odedra, Tracey Gibbs, Tom Halls and Simone French came together following an MIF Matchmakers session to form Rebels of Extinction, a collective of larger-than-life fashion warriors on a mission to change the way we consume fast fashion.

This group’s Festival In My House…And Yours idea is inspired by Ji Ji By Odedra’s New York Fashion Week collection, made from deadstock materials, which debuted in February 2020.

Prepare to be styled up and take to the catwalk as Rebels of Extinction encourage you to break down stereotypes, experiment with ideas and celebrate what’s possible when you don’t follow the trends!

Elizabeth Wainwright

Elizabeth Wainwright of Engage to Stage in Bury, works regionally and nationally with visually impaired artists and creatives.

Through a series of online workshops on clowning, movement and theatre, Elizabeth wants to use the Festival In My House… And Yours platform to bring together and showcase the incredible talent within the visually impaired creative community.

Malandra Jacks

(c) David Hall

Josh Wilkinson and Chloe Barlow of Malandra Jacks are a theatre company from North Manchester who create work exploring what it means to be young and working class in today’s society.

For their Festival In My House… And Yours event they’ll be working with artists from Moston to celebrate, poke fun and parody all things arty.

Whilst tackling serious and important issues, this pair bring witty humour and a smile to everything they do!

Ronke Jane Adelakun

(c) Sam Marvell

Through imagery, poetry and storytelling, Ronke Jane Adelakun explores and celebrates authentic Black experiences.

Working with Adeola Adelakun and using their experience in education and youth work, this group are looking to highlight some of the day-to-day struggles of Black people in business, dating, policing and the workplace.

Manchester Urban Diggers

Finding delicious and organic solutions to our Festival In My House… And Yours call out – Manchester Urban Diggers are a non-profit social enterprise based in Platt Fields Park committed to tackling our broken food system.

This Festival In My House… And Yours event will consist of a series of outdoor cooking workshops run by members of the community around Platt Fields Park.

Find out more here

Before the first Festival In My House… And Yours event kicks off in December don’t forget ‘Capturing a Summer‘, a Festival In My Neighbourhood project with Paradise Works, premieres on our Youtube channel and website on 25 November, 7pm.

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