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A year ago under lockdown, a group of Greater Manchester residents aged 16 to 70 came together for the first time to share their hopes, thoughts and ideas about the future. Hosted by Contact and MIF, the group has continued to meet and discuss the important issues of today: and now, they’d like you to join them and their invited guests – artists, activists, key workers, campaigners and others – for conversation and debate about two topics they think are key to our future.

  • Equality Saturday 10 July
    The seed planted by Black Lives Matter has grown into wider conversations about how Black experience intersects and connects with other equalities. From gender to healthcare, class to disability, what does equality mean in 2021 – and how can we bring about the change we want and need to see?
  • Environment Saturday 17 July
    As climate change reshapes our planet, how could we each live more sustainably? How can we remake our local environment while living as global citizens, taking ownership of how our actions play out around the world? And how should we build together on the environmental benefits of lockdown?

Take part in these two interactive days of discussions, talks, provocations and workshops either in person at Manchester Central or online at Share your thoughts, hear new perspectives – and, perhaps, help to reshape our future together.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact.

Looking Forward to Tomorrow has been supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of MIF’s year round engagement programme working with communities across Manchester.


Created by Yatie Aziz, Allan Cameron, Michael D’Ambra, Vincent Dugdale, Carmen Fyfe Paulo, Jake Howarth, Shada Iqbal, Olivia Lee, Margarette Lee-Chapman, Breb Lynch, Josef Minta, Louise Minta, Nicola Moss, Ayanda Ndlovu, Victoria Ofovbe, Lucy Porte, David Shanahan, Heidi Taylor-Wood, Faith Yianni

Image credit: Nathan Dumlao

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