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Ripples of Hope Festival, is an exciting new festival by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (UK), will take place in Greater Manchester from the 11-14th February 2021.

The name comes from a speech given in 1966 by Senator Robert F. Kennedy in Cape Town, South Africa, during the height of apartheid.

Ripples of Hope will create a new platform to explore how we can build societies for all people, with equal human rights.

The content will be developed with the people of Greater Manchester, through a series of Gatherings. The Gatherings will be led by Jude Kelly CBE, where people from every walk of life will share thoughts, experiences and ideas to shape festival content.

Ripples of Hope and Contact are looking for five individuals between the ages of 18- 30 who are passionate about using art for social change, to join Hope Young Leaders.

What is Hope Young Leaders?

Hope Young Leaders is a partnership between Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK and Contact, for the Ripples of Hope Festival

Hope Young Leaders will be a group of young people interested in developing artistic leadership skills, with social impact. The Hope Young Leaders project will run from May 2020- February 2021.

Core sessions will be held on a monthly basis, plus there will be further planning activity you will be invited to join.

On Hope Young Leaders, you will follow a development plan, including:

  • Attend a series of practical masterclasses in key skills (such as budget writing, curation, and fundraising)
  • Meet with  Artistic Directors, to hear about creating work with social impact
  • Participate in the community Gatherings to shape festival content
  • Take individual opportunities to undertake specific roles on the wider festival.

As partners on the project, we will lead on the co-ordination of the experience, and will be there to offer professional and pastoral support you.

As well as getting the experience of being part of the planning and development of a major festival, if you are chosen you will receive £40 per core monthly group session for your attendance.

Fancy applying?

We want to hear from people who have an artistic, or social activism background (or both!)

 Who are:

  • Aged 18-30
  • A resident in Greater Manchester
  • Interested in art being used for social change
  • Interested in human rights issues
  • Have a desire to develop leadership skills for social impact
  • Are able to commit to a minimum attendance at monthly sessions between May 2020- Feb 2021


How to apply:

 Please complete the following short application form at the bottom of the webpage.

 Deadline for applications: 10AM on Monday 9th of March 2020.

A information session will be held on Monday 24th February between 5-7PM at Powerhouse Library, 140 Raby Street, M14 4SL.

In this session you can find out more come and meet Rachele, who is the Community Engagement Manager of Ripples of Hope as well as Roxanne who is the Creative Producer at Contact.
Find out more  and complete an application form in person.

No need to book, just show up between 5-7PM.

 Interviews will be held on the week commencing: 30th March 2020

If you have any further questions, you can also email Roxanne, Creative Producer at Contact- roxannemoores@contactmcr.com  or call 0161 274 0646.