Wallwein performs at Manchester International Festival 2019

Rise like lions

Photo credit Chris Thomond/The Guardian

As part of Manchester International Festival, and in partnership with Manchester Histories, the Guardian is bringing the roots of protest to the heart of the city with a powerful performance to celebrate the spirit of activism, and mark 200 years since the Peterloo massacre.

Reading rallying cries from a history of unrest, these Manchester voices will ring out against a specially commissioned backdrop of visual imagery created by acclaimed artists Greenaway and Greenaway. The piece will reach a rousing finale from the 30-strong Commoners Choir who on the same day walk into Manchester having carried a banner commemorating Peterloo - The Skelmanthorpe Flag - from Yorkshire.

Introduced by Katharine Viner, the Guardian's editor-in-chief, and featuring Louise WallweinMichael Symmons RobertsElla OtomewoA.R.G.H KiD, and Danny Collins.

This event is part of Manchester International Festival 2019. For more information about other events and performances at this year’s Festival please click here.

No woman ought never to go out without a hammer in her pocket Annie Kenney

Louise Wallwein