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The Fête of Britain

22 February - 25 February

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A four-day celebration of collaboration and imagination in the face of the great challenges of our time.

How can we face up to the challenges of the twenty-first century? How do we make the world safer, fairer and better for those we love and the place we call home?

From the climate crisis to the cost of living, nothing is off the table at The Fête of Britain. Take your seat and have your voice heard across four days of play, workshops, people’s assemblies, talks and performances.

The takeover at Aviva Studios is programmed by Hard Art – a movement of artists, musicians and others in the creative and cultural worlds including Brian Eno and Es Devlin, who have teamed up to create a new culture of participation and positive change.

The programme brings together a mix of artists, performers and community groups and features contributions from artists Cornelia Parker, Human Atlas and Jeremy Deller, and journalist and presenter Jon Ronson. Music comes from Commoners Choir, hip hop star Louis VI and a night curated by LOWD Sound System. There’ll also be events from Empathy Museum, Starting Point Stockport and Salford Involve – plus plenty more to be announced soon.

Come and have a cuppa in our public living room, help us write an alternative national anthem or learn about Manchester’s radical history. Workshops and discussions will delve into key issues facing Manchester and the UK – encouraging us all to talk, take part and find our way out of tough spots together. Like any fête worth its salt, there’s plenty of fun to be had too. Games to play, problems to solve and stories to share – all under the theme of ‘Come Together’.

Asking how we can draw on Britain’s rich history of resistance, culture and assembly to find our power today, The Fête of Britain champions community, collaboration and imagination. There’ll be lots of ways to get involved, try a new twist on a tradition and have your say. The fate of Britain is in your hands.

Lead image © Charlie Waterhouse

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22 February
25 February
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