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Manuel Vasons recreation of an iconic image from the anti-Section 28 protests in Manchester

Manuel Vasons recreation of an iconic image from the anti-Section 28 protests in Manchester

Celebrate the strength of Manchester's queer solidarity on the anniversary of Section 28 coming into law at an exciting launch event at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester as we ask ourselves: “What are the next 30 steps?”

Re:Con, Contact’s young programmers and producers, are proud to announce the big reveal of renowned photographer Manuel Vason’s recreation of an iconic image from the anti-Section 28 protests in Manchester 30 years ago at an event on Thursday 24 May supported by Manchester Pride.

The celebrated re-enactment took place on Canal Street on Tuesday 20 February, the anniversary of the original protest. Amongst the participants were activists present at the original protest.  The photoshoot, which consisted of 30 steps down Canal Street to represent the 30 years since the Act, has been captured in an image which will be exhibited in conjunction with an immersive installation by artist Bethany Hermitt asking “What are the next thirty steps?”

Re:Con’s Ali Wilson said:

“Our February recreation of the march with 65 participants on its 30th anniversary was a momentous day, aided by the artistic leadership of Manuel Vason. Manchester has a large community of activists, many of whom were present at the protest in 1988 and they have been generous in sharing their experiences and knowledge about this campaign. Hearing first-hand stories of the 25,000+ people marching through the city centre has brought this history to life for us whilst we have designed and delivered this project over the past eight months.”

Alongside the installation Re:Con have curated an exciting and creative evening’s entertainment, with a brand new commission from poet Louise Wallwein (who took part in the original protest and led the event in February), a  line-up of pop up poetry performances, speeches and a DJ set  from the amazing Kiss Me Again to celebrate the launch.

Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest is presented by Contact, RE:CON and Manchester Pride. Supported by Arts Council England, Vinspired, Superbia, Radisson Blu and Richmond Tea Rooms.

The launch of Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest will take place from 6pm on Thursday 24 May at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP. Tickets are free and can be reserved with Contacts box office online at contactmcr.com or by phone 0161 274 0600.

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Published: 17-May-2018

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