HOME Manchester has unveiled events to mark October's Black History Month in art, film, theatre, music and interactive events online and at HOME
Events include virtual performances by three North West-based Black musicians, and a family story session with writer and performer Ella McLeod.
Panel discussions, recorded at venues around Manchester, will be hosted online – one by Black Gold Arts’ Cheryl Martin. Cheryl’s theatre work One Woman - a hypnotic dreamscape following one woman’s wrestle with her identity - will also be available to watch online.
HOME’s resident artists, Young Identity, make three appearances in the programme – one, on October 13, a live performance reopening HOME’s theatre.
HOME’s Homemakers series, which was launched at the beginning of the pandemic and has continued to provide work for artists during the closure, will showcase other works, including choreographer Chad Taylor’s Lost Online, Alex Ho and Elayce Ismail’s Amazon, Yusra Warsama and Chris Thorpe’s game, Tell Me and Leaphia Darko’s The Very Error of the Moon.
The cinema’s film programme will draw on the work of Black auteurs, directors and actors, from Steve McQueen to Chadwick Boseman.
Director & CEO of HOME Dave Moutrey said: “This year more than ever we want our Black History Month programming to step up and showcase the diversity of amazing Black artists on screen, on stage and online.”
For full information, visit homemcr.org.
Meanwhile at Salford Quays, MediaCityUK and award-winning design studio HemingwayDesign have announced plans to bring Box on the Docks at Christmas to the creative complex following a successful summer season and thousands of visitors enjoying socially distanced dining within 30 art-adorned sheds and greenhouses. .
The self-contained, socially-distanced dining boxes have created a new and original way for people to socialise safely away from home.
MediaCityUK is now inviting local artists and designers to submit festive-inspired designs for the pods. Depending on local and national coronavirus guidelines, Box on the Docks at Christmas will launch at the end of November.
Full details on the brief and how to apply here.