Rise like Lions

Rise like Lions

As part of Manchester International Festival, and in partnership with Manchester Histories, the Guardian brought 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 rang out against a specially commissioned backdrop of visual imagery created by acclaimed artists Greenaway and Greenaway. The piece reached a rousing finale from the 30-strong Commoners Choir who on the same day walked 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 Wallwein, Michael Symmons Roberts, Ella Otomewo, A.R.G.H KiD, and Danny Collins.

You can see more images from Rise Like Lions here.


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