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Open Call Out: Manchester Histories Festival 2020

10 Mar 2020

Deadline for entries 27 March 2020

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From Thursday 4 June to Monday 8 June the Manchester Histories Festival 2020 will take place across Greater Manchester. The focus for the sixth edition of the festival will be the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970), a landmark piece of legislation that was pioneered by Lord Alf Morris (1928 – 2012). Alongside this, a Celebration Day will take place on Sunday 7 June bringing together heritage organisations from across Greater Manchester.

Reflecting on the legacy of social reformer Alf Morris, the festival, which will be based at Manchester Central Library, will be inspired by the themes of Celebrate – Learn – Challenge. Individuals and groups are invited to take part whether by putting on a talk, performance, debate, film screening, discussion, exhibition or creative intervention. If you are interested in participating, you can find all the details here.

Manchester Histories Celebration Day will take place at the beautiful and historic Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute and Park.

Heritage organisations are invited to apply for a stand and take their place at this event, which gives visitors the chance to discover and enjoy the diverse, colourful and inspiring stories of Greater Manchester.

The deadline for the open call for both events is Friday 27 March 2020, with all the details available here:

Manchester Histories is a charity that seeks to work with people, organisations and partners to reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage. The festivals it organises are biannual, with this being the 6th to take place. In 2019 Manchester Histories led Peterloo 2019, a project that brought together communities, cultural organisations and individuals to mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, one of the important milestones in British democracy.

The full press release about the festival is attached to this email. To find out more about Manchester Histories, its work and projects visit