We Need to Talk

The world has never been more connected – nor more divided. The old world order is being challenged by a new populism, with fear and mistrust on both sides. And yet such uncertainty and upheaval can inspire original thinking, as genuine engagement with opposing arguments breaks down barriers, reveals our shared humanity and gives rise to bold new ideas.

Curated by MIF, FutureEverything, The Guardian and VICE, Interdependence: We Need to Talk invited audiences to consider and debate today’s hot-button topics: power, heroes, technology, community, truth and change. Over six sessions, a wide range of leading artists, architects, activists, politicians, writers, thinkers and the public explored each issue through conversations, discussions, performances and special artist interventions.

Guests included:

  • Truth Sat 15 July
    Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb, Boris Charmatz, Grace Wales Bonner
  • Change Sat 15 July
    VICE presents Joel Golby, Alfie Brown, Fern Brady, Zing Tsjeng
  • Power Sat 1 July
    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Lubaina Himid, Bad Language
  • Heroes Sat 1 July
    Phil Collins, Astrid Proll, Yael Bartana
  • Technology Sat 8 July
    Laurie Anderson, Wayne McGregor, Nina Freeman
  • Community Sat 8 July
    OMA, Rick Lowe, Karl Hyde, Birgitta Jónsdóttir


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Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.
In association with FutureEverything, The Guardian and VICE.

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