Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware joins artists and world musicians for an evening to support creative communities in places of conflict and war in Manchester this month.

The In Place of War (IPOW) event, which is being delivered in association with the TIE Network, is from 7pm –11pm on Wednesday 22nd April at HQ Building (2nd Floor), 2 Atherton Street in Manchester. 

Martyn Ware will host the event which also features IPOW Co-director Ruth Daniel and Benson Wereje (DR Congo) and guests will enjoy complementary world foods and drinks and performances from Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers), Benson Wereje (DRC), UK godfather of hip-hop Rodney P and MC Fallacy, Performance Poet Dean Atta, Bird to Beast and features a Congolese monologue.

 Funds raised on the evening will enable the project to develop and secure the required spaces (including building works, security, and decoration), support local staff costs and help with shipping equipment to the locations. The project has already raised over £200,000 of music, studio and film equipment from musicians, TV studios and The University of Manchester.

 IPOW is an award-winning University of Manchester initiative which helps to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate. For ten years the project has been helping to mobilise, empower and connect artists and creative communities in sites of war, revolution and conflict.

Ruth Daniel, Co-Director, In Place of War said: “Our work is about giving isolated artists a wider platform to tell their stories of war and help empower communities through creative practise. Turning our research into practise we have developed a range of innovative alternative educational tools, and raised funds to help create new cultural spaces in some of the world’s most challenging places.”

IPOW was recently shortlisted for the Outstanding Aspiring Social Enterprise of the Year, at the Making a Difference Awards and was runner-up in The Guardian University Awards for its international work. The project was also recently awarded a £5000 Do It Award from UMIP and UnLtd which will be used to help develop the business model.

Visit the In Place of War for more details about the projecthttp://www.inplaceofwar.net/


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