Inspired by Poet Slash Artist and presented at Homeground for one night only, Catch a Fire was a live anthology of poetry, music and the places where they connect – curated by Cerys Matthews, hosted by Jeffrey Boakye and featuring more than a dozen acts crossing genres and generations.

Gary Crosby’s 12-piece Jazz Jamaica were joined by Zara McFarlane for ‘Catch A Fire’, a tribute to the universal poetry of the classic Bob Marley album. Dele Sosimi brought his party-starting Afrobeat Experience to the city, while local lad Mike Garry was joined by the Cassia String Quartet for a special performance. Young Identity celebrated the poetry of Rumi, Hafez and Faiz Ahmad Faiz – and there were also live sets from Anthony Anaxagorou, Imtiaz Dharker, Inua Ellams, Adam Horovitz, Murray Lachlan Young and Helen Mort.


Curated by Cerys Matthews
Hosted by Jeffrey Boakye
Featuring Anthony Anaxagorou | Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica featuring Zara McFarlane | Imtiaz Dharker | Inua Ellams | Mike Garry & the Cassia String Quartet | Adam Horovitz | Murray Lachlan Young | Helen Mort | Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Experience | Young Identity: Nasima Bee, P A Bitez, Jova Guayaba, Isaiah Hull, Yorusalem Okbamichael

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.