World Premiere

School of Integration


Fri 05 July -
Sat 20 July

Running time

90 minutes


Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL

General Admission

Price range

FREE, pre-booking essential

Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work draws us nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.

During MIF19, the school offered over 80 classes on a wide-ranging curriculum that includes food, customs, ethics, politics and many other forms of knowledge – classes given by local people originally from countries around the world, from Zimbabwe to Tibet. These were not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Each teacher passed on their own experiences, sharing skills, knowledge and culture in a different kind of communal integration and learning experience in the heart of Manchester.

Open and free to all, School of Integration fostered cohesion and helped build bridges of cultural understanding – encouraging us to eliminate the idea of strangeness and cherish a plurality of voices, and integrating us with the world.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.

Sat 20 July 10.30am The Book of Kings

Poetry, storytelling and performance – welcome to a retelling of the Shahnameh, where you’ll discover the moralities and controversies surrounding this classic Persian literature. Teacher: Shahireh Sharif

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Sat 20 July Noon The Purpose of Paratha

In South Asian communities, bread is given a new lease of life as the paratha. Learn to make a layered flatbread filled with aloo (potatoes) or keema (mince), or keep it simple with butter. Contains dairy. Teacher: Nayab Butt & Mahnoor Butt

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Sat 20 July 2.30pm In the Eye of the Beholder

Pakistan is slowly losing its centuries-old traditions of beauty, adapted through history from Persia to China. Learn some of the practices that originated in the East but are now prevalent in the West – and have your eyebrows done while you learn! Teachers: Shamim Afshin & Farzana Butt

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Sat 20 July 3.30pm A Crash Course in Real Latin Music

A condensed history of music in Latin America and its roles in society, culture and politics. Find out about the evolution of Latin music and why it’s such an important form of expression. Teacher: Gio Bagioli

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