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Cities of Hope: A Street Art Convention

21st to 29th May

Our expositions are designed to remind each and every one of us that we are not powerless and that it is and has always been the actions of ordinary people that change the world for the better.

All proceeds raised goes to support the work of our social justice partners

Street Art Tours

A guided tour by one of the Cities of Hope founders. The tour covers all of the artworks being created as part of Cities of Hope and provides a great insight into the aims of the project and the motivations of the artists. There are 9 times slots available but only 10 places on each one.

Tickets cost £20 + fees and the price also covers a copy of our launch brochure.


Opening Reception

Date: 22nd May - Sunday
Time: 7pm
Venue: Northern Quarter secret venue
Description: The private opening event and an opportunity for the artists and charities to meet. There will also be an exclusive performance by the W.A.S.T. choir.
Tickets: This is an invitation only event but there will be a very limited 10 general sale tickets available. To register your interest and be alerted when the tickets go on sale, email info@citiesofhope.global

Official Launch


Date: 23rd May - Monday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: City Tower, Piccadilly Gardens
Description: Hosted by Bruntwood we are presenting a mini conference to look at the cultural development of a city and the role wider role that street art can play in that. Speakers include:

Tom Bloxham Chairman of the Manchester International Festival, CEO of Urban Splash and Tate Trustee.
Tom will be discussing "The Cultural Development of the City"

Thom Hetherington Founder and CEO of the Manchester Buy Art Fair,
Thom will be discussing "Developing Manchester as an art market city. challenges faced, and Buy Art Fair's role in changing the culture"

Dr. Lee Bofkin Founder and CEO of Global Street Art
Lee will be looking at "A New Environment for Street Art"

Marcus Willcocks Lectures at Central Saint Martins, Elisava, and IED universities and has recently published and presented papers on many of his research topics.
Marcus will be discussing "Street Art in a Moment of Social Change"
Tickets: This event is invitation only but there will be a very limited 10 general sale tickets available. To register your interest and be alerted when the tickets go on sale, email info@citiesofhope.global

The Art of Hope: A round table discussion


Date: 24th May - Tuesday
Time: 6pm
Venue: Yard and Coop, Northern Quarter

Description: Hosted by Lee Bofkin, founder of Global Street Art. The round table discussion with the artists will look at what motivates the artists to create work in the streets, what they are hoping to achieve and looks at the power of Street Art.

Artists include:
Hyuro
Martin Whatson
Nevercrew
Pichiavo
Dale Grimshaw
Axel Void

Tickets: Tickets are on general sale but are extremely limited as it is an intimate event. £25 + fees

Reflections of Hope: An evening with Shaista Aziz

Date: 25th May - Wednesday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: Ezra & Gil, Northern Quarter

Description: Shaista Aziz is an English journalist, writer, stand-up comedian and former international aid worker of Kashmiri-Pakistani descent. Shasta has worked as a newsroom journalist for Al Jazeera's English news website in Doha, Qatar, a broadcast journalist and producer for the BBC and has written for New Internationalist magazine. As well as media specialist for Oxfam, Amnesty International, Save the Children and Islamic Relief. She has travelled and worked all over the world from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen to, Haiti, Tajikistan, Burma, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Join Shaista as she reflects on experiences and shares with us remarkable stories of hope.

Tickets: A limited number of tickets are available on a donation basis, with all donations split between our partner charities.

Portraits of Hope: A presentation by Lee Jeffries

Date: 26th May - Thursday
Time: 6pm - 7.30PM
Venue: Takk, Northern Quarter

Description: Lee Jeffries is famous for his achingly beautiful and stark portrait photography of homeless people from around the world. Here he will be discussing his approach to work and why he is drawn to homelessness as a subject. The talk will be followed by a Q&A

Tickets: There are a limited number of tickets available on general release at £15 + fees


Artists of Hope: An Axel Void Lecture


Date: 27th May - Friday
Time: 4PM
Venue: Manchester University

Description: Axel Void is widely considered by his peers to be one of the most important street artists working today. As well as creating a mural for us he will be delivering a guest lecture an Manchester University. He will be discussing a range of issues including the difference between the contemporary art scene and working in the streets

This will be his first public lecture in the UK.

Tickets: The lecture will principally be for University students but there are a small number available for general sale. Tickets are free but are very limited.

Exhibition of Hope

Date: 27th May - Friday
Time: 6pm - 8PM
Venue: Brownsfield Mill, Northern Quarter

Description: This is a big one. As well as exhibiting exclusive artwork by all the featured artists (and a few more) we'll also be turning the lights on the Faith47 mural on the side of the building for the first time. There is also a performance of 9 spoken word pieces by Young Identity - one of our partner charities

Tickets: Tickets are available on a donation basis. All donations are split between our partner charities

City of Queer Hope

Date: 28th May - Saturday
Time: 2pm - 9PM
Venue: It's a secret.....

Description: In Partnership with Partisan Collective and to celebrate Faith47’s new mural in support of LGBT+ rights and the launch party of Partisan’s temporary space, we present an all-day event celebrating queer politics and culture in Manchester.

Featuring a panel discussion on the role of art for queer(ing) politics and activism, a film screening and Simpson’s based performances (“Homerpalooza”) hosted by Charlotte Davies and Marilyn Misandry of Thirsty Girls. This will be the opening event for Partisan Collective’s (www.partisancollective.net) temporary space. Partisan Collective is a workers’ co-operative working towards providing permanent space for radical politics, art and culture in Manchester.

This is our closing party so we're expecting a lot of fun!

Tickets: Suggested donation depending on income: £2 / £5 / £10

Visions of Hope

Date: 27th May - Friday
Time: Twilight
Venue: Secret Locations - On walls throughout the convention

Description: Throughout the convention in secret locations across the City, Syrian artist Tammam Azzam will use his own unique way of speaking out against the Syrian crisis. Using famous paintings from the Western world projected against bombed buildings, Azzam aims to “draw attention to the tragedy of Syria”. His most popular work, “Freedom Graffiti”, shows Gustav Klimt’s well-known painting “The Kiss” superimposed onto a bombed Syrian building. “I chose it as an icon of love, a way of looking for the stories of love behind this wall that was completely obliterated by the machinery of war,”


Keep your eyes peeled, we’re hoping to get Tammam up to some of these projections where passers by will have the opportunity to meet him. He might even paint a wall for us whilst he’s here.

Tickets: Tickets are available on a donation basis. All donations are slit between our partner charities