SICK! Festival 2022

SICK! Festival 2022 hits the streets throughout the month of May!

It’s a public festival where health and creativity meet, most of it taking place in Moston & Harpurhey. Prepare yourself for exciting and unexpected experiences that will get us all thinking, talking and transforming.

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SICK! Festival

“We like to think that we’re beyond taboos, that nothing is off bounds any more. But, when it comes to the health of our bodies and minds and the universal, inescapable experience of death, we’re still pretty tight-lipped. In attempting to break the silence and confront the unspoken – often with humour and imagination – SICK! Festival has a vital role to play.”

The Guardian **** review SICK! Festival 2019

MINDSCAPES

 Find out about MINDSCAPES – Five brand new artworks plus online events happening in Manchester from 19th April until 16th May 2021

Throughout Spring 2021 you’ll find our FREE MINDSCAPES programme happening in public spaces across Manchester, from streets and parks, to the Metrolink, and online.

SICK! Festival

In venues and public spaces across Greater Manchester, SICK! Festival 2019 presented an outstanding international programme of new commissions, performances, public installations, exhibitions, films and public conversations, asking the question: ‘What is the value of a human life?

 

MINDSCAPES

MINDSCAPES delves deeper with a series of online talks, film screenings and a 2-day conference, delivered with partners in Manchester and The Netherlands.

Supported by DutchCulture in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in the UK.

SICK! Festival

70 individual artworks/presentations

129 performances/exhibition days

95 workshops / 175 artists/performers from 9 countries

36 new commissions / 898,000 audience

PROJECTS

SICK! MENTAL HEALTH ARTS PROGRAMME (SMASH)

SICK! MENTAL HEALTH ARTS PROGRAMME (SMASH)

As part of our 10-year commitment to Moston and Harpurhey we have launched SICK! Mental Health Arts Programme (SMASH), a creative social prescribing project offering a range of creative, innovative experiences designed to: Help improve how participants feel Increase...

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

DDD15: DEATH, DIVERSITY & DECOLONISATION

SICK! Festival has been invited by Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of the Association ofor the Study of Death and Society to deliver a programme of cultural events as part of the 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and...

INHERITED RESILIENCE

INHERITED RESILIENCE

VOLUME OF POETRY FLOWS FROM CULTURAL COLLABORATION A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to...

Sick! Digital

INHERITED RESILIENCE

INHERITED RESILIENCE

inherited resilience A community of like-minded black and dual heritage women from Oudtshoorn (in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape) and Moston & Harpurhey (in Manchester in the UK), embarked on a virtual four-part journey to listen, share, and...

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OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

OPEN LETTER TO MY DAD

This is, frankly, a world I wish I never knew anything about, but it has become so bittersweet and such an integral part of who I am. There is a part of me that would love to be one of the naive; one of the people totally unaffected by suicide and completely unaware...

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THE MENOPAUSE BUS CHOIR

THE MENOPAUSE BUS CHOIR

Have you been personally affected by Menopause? Do you think it’s something we don’t talk about enough? Would you like to join voices with others who have similar experiences? WHAT In May 2022, the Menopause Bus will take to the streets of Manchester with an onboard choir of people who want to...

SICK! FESTIVAL 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

SICK! FESTIVAL 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

SICK! Festival 2022 hits the streets throughout the month of May! It’s a public festival where health and creativity meet, with most of it happening in Moston & Harpurhey. It's in the streets, it's on your doorstep, it's in the community! Prepare yourself for exciting and unexpected...

GET YOUR VOICE HEARD! BECOME AN AMBASSADOR

GET YOUR VOICE HEARD! BECOME AN AMBASSADOR

Do you care about Moston or Harpurhey? We are looking for 8-10 community ambassadors to help us connect with the neighbourhood Term: one year fixed term. Monthly group meetings between February 2022 – February 2023 We will offer a £75 contribution for your time each month JOB ROLE: We are looking...

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Have you been personally affected by menopause? In May 2022, the Menopause Bus will take to the streets of Manchester with an onboard choir of people who want to make a noise about menopause!

Interested? Find out more here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZHYFa4u9Mk/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

#Menopause #SickFestival

Are you based in Moston or Harpurhey?

Do you care about the community? We are looking for a small group of 8 - 10 young people aged 16 - 25 to become our Ambassadors!

Click here: https://bit.ly/3FpJVeA to find out more and to apply!

#SickFestival

We’re excited to announce we have a Kickstart role, available to young people on Universal Credit. Join our Programme team here at SICK!
SPEAK TO YOUR KICKSTART COACH ABOUT THIS ROLE
KICKSTART REF: KS167A53AA
#kickstart #opportunities #artsjobs #moston #harpurhey #manchester

Our friends at @mtgstudios are recruiting for an Associate Artist: Theatre to join their friendly and welcoming Academy team. Deadline for applications: 10 February! Find out more and how to apply here: https://mind-the-gap.org.uk/news/job-opportunity-associate-artist-theatre/

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Have you been personally affected by menopause? Do you think it’s something we don’t talk about enough? Would you like to join voices with others who have similar experiences? In May 2022, the Menopause Bus will take to the streets of Manchester with an onboard choir of people who want to make a noise about menopause. Musicians from Manchester and Switzerland will create brand new songs based on the experiences of people personally affected by the subject. Composers @TosinAkindele and @SibylleAeberli will gather experiences and lead rehearsals of the new songs, creating a community choir like no other. If you have experiences that you would like to share and a love of singing, then get in touch. You do not need to have previous experience of singing in a choir. You will need to be available to attend an initial meeting on 16th February then attend 6 rehearsal sessions. The work will be performed over the weekend of 7 & 8th May at sites across Manchester. If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more about what’s involved, please email: Steve@sickfestival.com or call 07949 546135 by 11th February 2022. Click here: sickfestival.com/news/the-menopause-bus-choir/ for more info!#SickFestival #Festival2022 #Menopause #WomensHealth #Manchester #Singing #Choir ... See MoreSee Less
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Get Your Voice Heard!Are you based in Moston or Harpurhey? Do you care about the community? We are looking for a small group of 8 - 10 young people aged 16 - 25, with a range of experience and perspectives, to help us shape our 10-year programme of exciting creative projects in Moston & Harpurhey. You will attend monthly meetings to discuss issues that are important in the area, help us come up with new ideas and look at how we communicate with the wider community. We want you to help us shape and deliver a series of community dinners, share our plans and progress with the community, deliver word of mouth marketing to local residents and offer share your knowledge of Moston & Harpurhey. Are you interested or do you know someone that would be? Visit our website to have a read of the full job description. bit.ly/3FpJVeA#MentalHealth #ArtsAndHealth #SickFestival #CommunityAmbassador #Manchester #Moston #Harpurhey ... See MoreSee Less
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KICKSTART VACANCY AT SICK! FESTIVAL!The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded job opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies.We’re looking for someone to support our Programme team with delivering the next SICK! Festival. This would suit someone with great communication skills and ideas, someone who has a great work ethic and good problem-solving skillsWe need someone to help us with promoting and recruiting for community engagement and participatory projects, helping to set up events and exhibitions and general support with the programme team in the lead up to the Festival.You’ll also be enrolled in The Factory Academy’s Kickstart Creative scheme – a wraparound scheme delivered by Manchester International Festival designed to complement the Kickstart scheme. This scheme provides wraparound experiential learning and boosts student’s employability and self-confidence during and beyond Kickstart employment.SPEAK TO YOUR KICKSTART COACH ABOUT THIS ROLE:KICKSTART REF: KS167A53AA#Recruitment #ArtsJobs #ProductionJobs #Manchester #FestivalJobs #ArtsJobs #ArtsOpportunities #Opportunities ... See MoreSee Less
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On Wednesday we announced some exciting news. Our SICK! Festival will be taking place this year through the month of May! In the spirit of festivals, today we are throwing it back to 'Still No Idea' which was a performance that was part of the festival by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence. Lisa and Rachael wanted to make a show but didn't have any ideas, so they went out onto the streets and interviewed the general public and what ever stories they came up ended up being the show. Still No Idea was Lisa and Rachael’s quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama, action, and a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show with a bit of singing and dancing thrown in! Read more about their performance here: bit.ly/3FpTuu3This year, we are excited to present to you an array of fun, family-friendly and thought-provoking programmes. Keep up to date on the activities and specifics by signing up to our newsletter: bit.ly/3fYkdBP#SickFestival #Festival2022 #ArtFestival #Manchester #MentalHealth #ArtAndHealth ... See MoreSee Less
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