This Sunday between 12pm and 6pm, the Exodus Festival will take place at Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square. Celebrating the diversity of Greater Manchester's refugee communities, the event will feature music, dance, workshops, kid's activities as well as food and crafts from around the world.
Two stages will host music, song and dance performances from over 25 international acts, including Wigan-based Zimbabwean band Heritage Survival, West African rhythms from seven piece ensemble Alafia, Nigerian gospel from Ejovi, Congolese-led band Nouvelle Alliance, African jazz and Latin from Kokoriko and an exclusive collaboration between Gambian musician Mbackeh Darboe and Jamaican/ British reggae/ska band Jah Mission Vibes.
Headlining is the renowned Beating Wing Orchestra, veterans of the Manchester International Festival. This unique orchestra is made up of refugee and local musicians and has previously played with Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and Malian world music stars Amadou and Mariam.