Sat 06 July -
Sat 06 July

Starting time

10am-1pm webBreak 2-5pm

Running time

3 hours


The Grand Hall webBreak The Whitworth, Oxford Road, M15 6ER

Unreserved Seating

Price range

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

Utopia Now!
Saturday 6 July, 10am–1pm

Responding to the theme of Utopian thinking that has inspired Rimini Protokoll’s Utopolis Manchester at MIF19, the first of our three Interdependence Saturday summits is about the scale of the transformation needed at this critical moment in human history.

The problems we face are global – and often, as individuals, it’s easy to feel hopeless. When bold utopian visions are offered, from a society without work to a ‘green new deal’, they’re often dismissed as fantasies. So are we dreaming too big or too small?

Join leading thinkers and radical doers for practical, everyday advice on how to completely change the world. Speakers include:

Mary Robinson, climate justice and human rights pioneer, on your role in solving climate change
The Advocacy Academy on why you’re never too young for social justice or to make a difference in the world
Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, on what you can do today to future-proof humanity
Dr Johnna Montgomerie, author of Should We Abolish Household Debts?, on how to end inequality

Other contributors include:
Girl Gang Manchester, a collective of female artists, activists, academics and party instigators
Kwami Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic and the co-creator (with Idris Elba) of Tree for MIF19
Ibrahim Mahama, visual artist and the creator of Parliament of Ghosts at MIF19

Saturday 6 July, 2–6pm

Following our morning session, we’ll be joined this afternoon by a panel of leading thinkers and radical doers, including:

Brett Hennig, author of The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy, on why we should replace politicians with random people – like you
Homebaked, award-winning bakery and community land trust, on how to transform your community
Something & Son design collective on how to build your own tower block
Baljeet Sandhu, lived experience pioneer, and The LEx Elders on anger, hope and driving positive social change
John Harris, Guardian journalist, on the politics of raving and how to recover a sense of optimism in the ‘age of anxiety’
Gemma Mortensen, co-founder of More in Common and New Constellations, on bold dreams for the future

Other contributors include:
Professor Richard Clay, Professor of Digital Cultures at Newcastle University and the presenter of the BBC series Utopia: In Search of the Dream
Girl Gang Manchester, a collective of female artists, activists, academics and party instigators
Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, New York-based dancer-choreographer behind FlexN Manchester (MIF15) and co-creator of Alphabus at MIF19
Agata Pyzik, journalist, author of Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West and researcher into the political uses of pop culture
Rimini Protokoll, German theatre-makers who are creating Utopolis Manchester for MIF19
Young Identity, spoken word collective and the co-creators of Alphabus at MIF19

Produced by Manchester International Festival in partnership with New Constellations and Goethe-Institut London, and in association with The Whitworth.

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