Manchester Metropolitan University and The Union are joining forces to host an exciting new free Arts Festival aiming to share student experiences and challenge perceptions of our world today. Focussing on an eclectic range of topics such as LGBT rights, race, disability, faith and hate crime, the festival will also celebrate all that unites us, and will aim to tackle the beliefs and attitudes that can often lead to discrimination and division. Taking place over three days at the MMU Union from Friday 12th October, The Arts Festival is a HEFCE-funded project designed to tackle hate crime on campus.

The programme will include thought provoking, reflective and engaging films along with a series of exhibitions from student’s detailing their first-hand experiences and perceptions on a range of issues. Attendees can also look forward to a range of talks, discussions and workshops involving community groups and other experts. The festival will also include family friendly scheduling including a screening of future-classic Paddington, exploring themes around young asylum seekers and refugees. “My hope is that the festival creates a safe and non-judgmental space, where students, academics, and members of the great communities in Manchester, can come together”, says Wellbeing Officer Andy Harmon. A detailed programme of events can be found here.

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Arts Festival 2018 takes place 12th-14th October. Find out more and book tickets here.

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