IMMERSIVE ART INSTALLATIONS // WORKSHOPS // PERFORMANCES // SPOKEN WORD // SOFA DEBATES
THE NEXT TERM Festival will transform a historic disused school building in Openshaw, Manchester like never before. Motivated by the crucial importance of harnessing young people's creative energy, this radical new arts project invites communities across Manchester to reclaim this impressive space for a free weekend-long festival with the aim of using artistic platforms to challenge the UK education system.
ENTRY IS FREE and there will be free refreshments available throughout the weekend.
NIKKY STORYTELLER | VICKY CLARKE | SAM MEECH | KEISHA THOMPSON | ANGEL SWEENEY | REECE WILLIAMS | CAVE MAN | BRIGHTER SOUND | CIARA GRANT
Check out the full programme online >> www.thenextterm.com
THE NEXT TERM has been developed by three artists - Joanna Roy, Jessica Loveday and Sophie Mahon - following a year-long research project working with students and young people aged 5-25 from communities in Manchester as well as over 100 teachers and educators in the North West and beyond.
The festival will use creative platforms to address topics such as the culture of ‘teaching to the test’, as well as exploring other areas such as the importance of mental health in schools, teacher-student dialogues and how young people navigate disinformation online.
Alongside the series of installation artworks, sofa debates led by Angel Sweeney will invite audiences to grab a seat and join in the debate.
Free creative workshops will be led by Manchester-based artists such as Sam Meech, Keisha Thompson, Vicky Clarke and Nikky Storyteller, in skills such as digital knitting, origami and spoken word. Performances will include spoken word and music from emerging poets and musicians.
The project is kindly supported by Arts Council England and Future’s Venture Radical Independent Arts Fund
With thanks to our community partners:
YPAC MANCHESTER | GROUNDWORK | BRIGHTER SOUND | CEDAR MOUNT ACADEMY | MANCHESTER COLLEGE | VARNA STREET COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL | ROGUE ARTIST STUDIOS
and our collaborators:
CHRIS BALL + KEVIN TESTAGROSSA