World Premiere

School of Integration

When


Fri 05 July -
Sat 20 July

Running time


90 minutes

Venue


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 will offer 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 are not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Each teacher will pass 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 fosters cohesion and builds 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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