Manchester International Festival, UK

During MIF19, the School of Intergration offered over 80 classes on a wide-ranging curriculum that included food, customs, politics and many other forms of knowledge – classes given by local people originally from countries around the world, from Zimbabwe to Tibet. These were not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Each teacher passed on their own experiences; sharing skills, knowledge and culture in a different kind of communal integration and learning experience in the heart of Manchester.

Open and free to all, the School of Integration fostered cohesion and helped build bridges of cultural understanding – encouraging us to eliminate the idea of strangeness and cherish a plurality of voices, and integrating us with the world.

As Participation Producer, I cared for the wellbeing of the teachers as they moved through the process of creating and designing their bespoke lessons. I worked with teachers to assist them in carefully crafting content, supporting their practical needs, alongside the development of the ethical and conceptual framework for the project.