Manchester International Festival presents Stitch Festival

Manchester International Festival partners with Creative Design & Manufacture (CDM) for three days of free workshops and activities in Ardwick celebrating South Asian and British Textiles

Manchester International Festival presents Stitch Festival

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Starts: Wednesday 9 October 2019 11:00 AM

Ends: Saturday 12 October 2019 5:00 PM

Organised by: Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival returns with its third ‘Festival in My Neighbourhood’, Stitch Festival, showcasing the richness of South Asian textile within British culture. New in 2019, Festival in My Neighbourhood is part of MIF’s work supporting people in and around the city to host inspiring community arts events in their own homes and neighbourhoods.

For Stitch Festival, Taslima Ahmad and Numan Azmi of CDM, are opening up their mill in Ardwick to people in their local community. During two days of free workshops from 9-10 October participants will learn tie dying, kantha stitching, screen-printing and block-printing - together creating a large kantha quilt which will be exhibited on Saturday 12 October at CDM, alongside a full day of free activities including, handcrafting workshops, a fashion show, and live traditional music from South Asia. Attendees can also try on different fabrics, have their photograph taken, and meet new people in the area whilst enjoying food and drink.

Stitch Festival is the outcome of extensive community work at CDM by Taslima and Numan sharing their commitment to hand-made textiles. Through these handcrafting techniques, CDM have created a therapeutic and educational environment where people experiencing difficult circumstances can feel safe to share whilst learning new skills.

Taslima said “Like Manchester International Festival, CDM is international in its practice and ambition but has a focus on people in Manchester. I see Manchester’s communities as a large kantha quilt and the work that we do at CDM helps stitch together people from all backgrounds.”

A key part of its year-round programme of activities for residents in Greater Manchester, Manchester International Festival has been supporting people to host inspiring community arts events in their own homes through ‘Festival in My House’ since autumn 2016 and on a larger scale through ‘Festival in My Neighbourhood’ since 2019. Applicants require no experience, with each host helped every step of the way by a team of experienced producers.

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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

We believe it’s important to build a community of young people who feel connected with Manchester International Festival and The Factory:

To empower young people through creativity, and give autonomy to young people.

To develop an understanding of young people's needs.

To create opportunities for young people to engage with MIF on their terms whether as a participant; creator; influencer; advocate; audience member or volunteer.

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