Acclaimed street art festival to return to Manchester

Street art convention Cities of Hope is returning to Manchester next year after a successful debut in 2016.

Its events and installations will venture outside of the Northern Quarter for the first time as it looks to build on its early success. That saw nine leading street artists take over unused walls in the neighbourhood, giving passersby a stunning new view and food for thought as each installation reflected the missions of a given charity.

Ambitious plans include a new mentorship scheme that will pair young local artists with a commissioned artist, culminating in an exhibition at the Whitworth in 2020.

Giving a voice to those who need one and leaving a lasting positive impact in the communities they work in has always been close to the heart of the festival organisers. In their own words: “Street Art has always been the voice of the people. We will share their stories of hope.”

Plans for 2018 also include a potential partnership with poet Tony Walsh, on a commission that brings his poem ‘This is the Place’ to new audiences.

Cities of Hope 2018 neighbourhoods will be revealed in the coming weeks with a call for applications to the mentorship scheme following shortly after.