Sat 13 July -
Sat 13 July

Starting time

10am-noon webBreak 1-4pm


Albert Hall webBreak 27 Peter Street, M2 5QR

Unreserved Seating

Price range

£8 webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee) webBreak webBreak

Future Myths
Saturday 13 July, 10am–noon & 1–4pm

For most of history, humans have been guided by religion and myths that have given our lives a sense of meaning. Now we live in an information age but no longer know who to trust, and we increasingly feel that our lives are inconsequential. The second of our three Interdependence Saturday summits responds to questions prompted by Studio Créole at MIF19 and asks: what are the new stories we need and who should tell them?

The morning session (10am–noon) features contributions from many of the participants in Studio Créole:

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, celebrated Kenyan novelist and playwright, telling the story of his influential career and exploring questions of writing and identity, both political and personal, in conversation with poet Lemn Sissay

Hans Ulrich Obrist (Co-Curator) in conversation with writers Patrick Chamoiseau, Adania Shibli and Alejandro Zambra, talking about theories of créolisation and the relationship between literature and politics

Adam Thirlwell (Studio Créole’s Creator and Co-Curator) and John Collins (Director) in conversation with Japanese writer Sayaka Murata and her on-stage translator, discussing the relationship between literature, translation and the act of interpreting

Sjón, Icelandic writer, in conversation with Alex Evans, author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough?, about the new stories needed to resist the present moment’s reactionary fables and how even the most contemporary narratives have mythical outlines underneath them

In the afternoon (1–4pm), gal-dem, the award-winning online magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour, is bringing its pioneering storytelling to the stage for the first time with contributions from:

Kemi Alemoru, gal-dem Features Editor and a contributor to both Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children and ‘I Will Not Be Erased’: Our Stories About Growing Up as People of Colour

Leah Cowan, gal-dem Politics Editor, who also works at Imkaan, a Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls

Akinola Davies Jr, film and video artist whose work is situated between West Africa and the UK, exploring themes of race, identity, gender and inclusion

Sophie Duker, a bombastic black sheep whose favourite things include breaking hearts, taking names and telling jokes with the confidence of a cis straight middle-class white man

Jade Jackman, genre-bending film director, winner of best short at the BFI Future Film Festival 2018 and shortlisted for this year’s Amnesty International New Voice Award for film

Angela Lawrence MBE, Executive Director of the Manchester Active Voices Youth Empowerment Programme, which provides mentoring to young females in Greater Manchester

Liv Little, gal-dem Founder and CEO

Momtaza Mehri, poet, essayist, meme archivist, former Young People’s Laureate for London and the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Wacky Racists, a one-off festival special of the cult comedy cabaret hosted by Sophie Duker and emphatically not a show for actual racists.

Produced by Manchester International Festival in partnership with gal-dem.

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Sat 13 July 2019
Sat 13 July 2019


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