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Freedom Exhibition

Friday 27 August 2021

We’re celebrating true stories from the LGBTQ+ community with a free and accessible audio-visual installation in our garden. 

Listening is the greatest tool we have in order to develop understanding and deepen connections. Kampus sits next to the famous Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village. Once a place where the LGBTQ+ community would meet clandestinely, Canal Street is now a beacon of celebration in the city.  We believe that in order to be an authentic neighbour and ally to our community, first we must start by understanding people’s lived experiences.

Heard Storytelling, a spoken stories company based in Manchester, have created a special audio-visual gallery in our neighbourhood garden. Working in collaboration with Manchester Pride, the installation consists of 11 ‘living portraits’, celebrating true stories told by LGBTQ+ people, who candidly share their lived experiences on this theme in a series of audio recordings to accompany beautifully shot portraits.

From secret bars in the 1970’s to the top of the tallest trees – the fascinating stories take listeners on a journey of love, loss, adversity and triumph. The exhibition curated by Heard Storytelling has been conceptualised to deliver a powerful message of solidarity, life and hope.

Launching on Pride weekend (27th August) and continuing throughout September, the gallery is free to experience and no booking required – just head on down to our garden.

The specialist exhibition will also form part of the Superbia Weekend, Manchester Pride Festival’s programme of art and culture.

The stories can be accessed via scanning a QR code on a mobile phone and listening through the user’s own headphones.

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