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Produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival.

Created by the people of Greater Manchester

What will our future hold – and how can we make it better? Join activists, artists, campaigners, key workers and your fellow citizens for two days of talk and action.

A year ago under lockdown, a group of Greater Manchester residents aged 16 to 70 came together for the first time to share their hopes, thoughts and ideas about the future. Hosted by Contact and MIF, the group has continued to meet and discuss the important issues of today: and now, they’d like you to join them and their invited guests – artists, activists, key workers, campaigners and others – for conversation and debate about two topics they think are key to our future: Equality (Saturday 10 July) and Environment (Saturday 17 July).

Take part in these two interactive days of discussions, talks, provocations and workshops in person at Manchester Central or online at Share your thoughts, hear new perspectives – and, perhaps, help to reshape our future together.

To see the full schedule of events and book your ticket, click here to go to the MIF website.

Covid-19 measures

The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, ourselves and MIF are working closely with specialist safety consultants to ensure all venues are COVID-safe and secure for everyone. You can read more details about the safety measures on the MIF Visit Us page here. This will be updated regularly between now and the Festival.

Access Information

CAP performance: 10th & 17th July
BSL performance: 10th & 17th July

This event takes place at Manchester Central, beginning and ending in the Exchange Auditorium . There is step-free access to all areas of the venue, and dedicated wheelchair spaces within the auditorium.

Please go to the MIF website page for full, detailed access information and downloadable documents, here.

Black Joy Film – Watch Here

Looking Forward To Tomorrow: Black Joy 5th July 2021

Yandass Ndlovu hosts a short pre-recorded film discussion with artists Tee O Brown, Dorcas Seybuyange and Xana, with the foursome talking about what black joy means to them, positive black representation and taking up space.

Climate Activism Film – Watch Here

Looking Forward To Tomorrow: Climate Activism 12 July 2021

Emma Greenwood, Youth MP at Bury Council, is joined by young climate activists Debby and Dominion Adegbile (Nigeria), Genesis Whitlock (Antigua/USA) and Mitzi Jonelle Tan (Philippines) for this short pre-recorded film discussion on climate activism and the role of the global North in climate change.


Created by Yatie Aziz, Allan Cameron, Michael D’Ambra, Vincent Dugdale, Carmen Fyfe Paulo, Jake Howarth, Shada Iqbal, Olivia Lee, Margarette Lee-Chapman, Breb Lynch, Josef Minta, Louise Minta, Nicola Moss, Ayanda Ndlovu, Victoria Ofovbe, Lucy Porte, David Shanahan, Heidi Taylor-Wood, Faith Yianni.

Image credit: Helen Davison

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and Contact.

Looking Forward to Tomorrow has been supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of MIF’s year round engagement programme working with communities across Manchester.


Date Time
10 - 17 July
Exchange Auditorium, Manchester Central
Various Sold out