The winter celebration and awareness event took place at St Wilfrid’s Enterprise Centre, a converted church in the heart of Hulme, where Europia also has its office. Europia Art Collective used the altar space to perform ‘Hope’, a fitting environment for the conceptual art performance which highlights climate change and people’s ignorance towards it.
Magdalena Kij from the collective enjoyed the event:
“Our performance of ‘Hope’ at the Hulme Winter Festival event was a great success! For this time around more people were involved from different ages and nationalities. Enrique created some special music for us, and we had Corina Bibere on visuals. We also managed to involve two children, two boys Rory and Philip. I’m glad that they wanted to perform with us. “After the performance, Kristina and I ran a mask-making workshop. This went well, and I was happy because young and old participated, and they made amazing masks.”
Art Historian Sara Riccardi’s talk ‘Sustainability in Art’ captured people’s attention as she explained how artists have always applied the ideas of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ to their work throughout the ages. Sara said:
“I found that the variety of workshops, stands, talks and performances that made up the whole event was the key strength of it, as the themes of climate change, sustainability and recycling were approached under a variety of points of view, with something for everyone, quite literally.
“It was beautiful to see the good turn up, and for me to see people listening to my presentation who would not necessarily be my usual audience: the challenge of presenting my take on the theme of the afternoon in an accessible way has been an enriching one for me, and I think the whole experience has been enriching for the public.”
At the event, people had the chance to learn about recycling at a stall run Manchester City Council, and even take away a tote bag filled with recycling themed goodies inside. Pauline Campbell from Manchester City Council said:
“The feedback we received to the promotion of recycling was really positive. Most people did not realise that in Manchester the mixed recycling, brown bin needs to be bottle shaped as we cannot recycle yogurt pots and meat containers even though they have recycling logos on them. We explained to people that these are poorer quality plastics. They were also interested in the fact that we burn general waste to produce energy.
“I found the drama piece interesting and thought-provoking. The balance of activities, food, and information was good, and the length of the event was excellent as well.”
Vegan soup, salad and chocolate cake supplied by Eliza Patterson was popular and disappeared fast, whilst Katarzyna from The Amber School of Energetic Healing was on hand to give a healing 5-minute reiki experience, which also went down well.
The event was full and busy throughout, with over 45 people registering through Eventbrite, a mix of people of different ages and backgrounds evident of Hulme’s diversity.
Once again, we are thankful to our sponsors Manchester City Council and Forever Manchester, as well as the kind donation of breads from Polish Village Bakery.
Photos from the event can be found on our facebook page, here