A two-day festival of work by Female and Non-Binary artists from the Global Majority.
Curated and Produced by Sara Abanur, Oceana Nzene-Cage and Ntombizodwa Ndlovu.
This two-day festival, at 53two's new theatre under the arches, will be a weekend of art, music, poetry, performances, talks, workshops, food, dance, love and joy.
Our commitment to 'reimagine radically' starts here. The term 'Global Majority' has emerged from the work of activists and academics to decolonise our language and re-frame our conversations about race. "It refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities'. Globally, these groups currently represent approximately eighty per cent (80%) of the world's population making them the global majority now. [...] Understanding that singular truth may shift the dial, it certainly should permanently disrupt and relocate the conversation" (Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE).
Save me a Seat is a chance to celebrate the work of Female and Non-Binary artists from the Global Majority, an opportunity to connect with and uplift voices and an invitation to everyone to have a seat at the table.
We are incredibly excited to share the talented line-up of dynamic artists, performers, activists and culinary champions that will be taking a seat at 53two. Over the weekend we are overjoyed to be welcoming a plethora of talent, including DJ, Activist and the first intersex and non-binary actor on a British Soap Ki Griffin; the delicious Gwafuvegan who will be bringing vegan West African food to nourish our souls on Sunday; Zimbabwean-born Mancunian rapper, poet and BBCThree's The Rap Game contestant MEDUULLA and many more!
We will have events for everyone in 53two's fully accessible space.
"As Global Majority individuals we have often felt dispersed and scattered with no hub to connect and champion each other. Save Me A Seat was curated as a space for conversation, mindfulness, exploration, and community. We were clear that we wanted to launch an event that fully facilitates and encourages each artists’ voice, art and ambitions. The arts should support these marginalised voices to shine; too often have we heard the tired excuse that Global Majority individuals are hard to find. Therefore this is an opportunity to challenge these notions and set precedent that the voices are not only out there, but they’re demanding your attention.
Manchester has seen major change in how our communities flourish after hard times. Amidst this, we felt propelled to create a celebration of some of the most talented individuals in Greater Manchester.
As first time producers we’ve felt incredibly privileged to be supported by 53two. With a fantastic line-up of artists, we’re excited to share the immense talent we have seen.
We created our own table, so take a seat."
- Sara Abanur, Oceana Cage-Nzene, Ntombizodwa Ndlovu - Festival Curators/Producers
Mother's Day Offer! For every Sunday ticket (or weekend pass) send a screenshot of the ticket to Switch_MCR@outlook.com and receive a second corresponding ticket, for a mother-figure of your choice, completely FREE!
SATURDAY 26TH MARCH - 6.30pm - 9:00pm: Opening_Table
SATURDAY 26TH MARCH - 9.30pm - 1.00am: Club_Table (over 18s)
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 11.00am - 11.25am: Mindfulness/Relaxation (Free)
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 11:30am - 1.00pm: DM Talks Live
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 1.15pm - 2.45pm: The Workshop_Table with Yandass Ndlovu
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 3.00pm - 4.30pm: The TV_Table with the cast of Hollyoaks
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 5.00pm - 6.00pm: Black in Fashion
SUNDAY 27TH MARCH - 6.30pm - 8.00pm: The Closing_Table