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A sound walk around Manchester

For over four years artist Fabiola Santana has been collecting stories of grief from women in the North West, as a way of reaching out to others and asking:

‘How do you do it? Can we sit together a moment and share our stories? Can we find ways to witness each other? And heal together?’

A Home for Grief is an experience for one person at a time. It begins with a sound-walk through the cityscape surrounding Contact.

After, visit an installation in Contact’s brand new Space 0, with a collection of audio visual pieces, featuring 5 quilted maps that chart the different landscapes of grief we find inside ourselves. Together they form a space of comfort, where you are welcome to listen, and to look, and to offer your own experiences too.

How the Sound-walk works

Booking a ticket allows you to arrive at Contact any time within a 1hr30 minute slot, and experience the sound-walk and installation at your own pace. You’ll be able to download the sound-walk directly onto your own phone through our app partner GoJauntly.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. In association with Lancaster Arts and Unity Theatre. Tech partner Go Jauntly. Health partners International Observatory of End of Life Care and Care Merseyside.

About Fabiola

Fabiola Santana is a dance artist exploring performance as a way to connect, exchange and transform. Researching grief using performance for 6 years, including residencies with arts organisations LADA and Dying Matters. Fabiola received a Lancaster Arts and Live ART UK Diverse Actions Commission 2018, where she researched and tested A Home for Grief as a 1 to 1 performance.

After professional dance training, Fabiola forged an interdisciplinary practice across dance, theatre and live art, with extensive site-based performance experience, including performing on the beach with choreographer Rosemary Lee and creating an international award-winning dance film with Will Dickie, Canning Town.

Fabiola was born to a displaced black Angolan mother and white Portuguese father who grew up under a dictatorship. Inhabiting a space between ethnicity and culture. Inheriting traumas that have shaped who she is. Seeking to understand the potential for community building and collective healing through performance, her work places participants at its epicentre. Fabiola is interested in how we can develop mutual trust through intimate and vulnerable shared encounters.

Contact Membership


Get 12 months of exclusive offers and juicy deals with our Contact Membership. For just £10, you can book tickets to A Home for Grief entirely for free, priority booking for events such as Vogue Ball, and 25% off other shows to be announced soon.


A woman stands in an outside area listening on headphones. From A Home for Grief Sound walk

  • Price
    £5 (Free with Contact Membership)
  • Venue

    Contact and immediate surrounding area

  • Running
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Booking info

    You will receive an e-ticket, and further instructions via email closer to the event.

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Date Time & Place
Thursday 29 July 3:00pm
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Thursday 29 July 4:30pm
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Thursday 29 July 6:00pm
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Friday 30 July 3:00pm
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Friday 30 July 4:30pm
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Friday 30 July 6:00pm
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Saturday 31 July 11:00am
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Saturday 31 July 12:30pm
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Saturday 31 July 3:00pm
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Saturday 31 July 4:30pm
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Saturday 31 July 6:00pm
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