The Exodus festival is back in Manchester looking to be bigger and better than ever before.

This year will see the festival take to the heart of the city centre taking place in Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall – on Sunday 18th July from noon until 6pm.

Exodus is a free and family friendly event that celebrates the arts and culture of Greater Manchester’s refugee and diverse communities, organised by Community Arts North West (CAN).

The festival will be composed of two stages hosting music, song and dance performances from over 25 international acts, includingWigan-based Zimbabwean band Heritage Survival, local rappers Educated Thugz!, Polish hip hop from Lorek Przemyslaw and drumming from renowned Gambian musician Mbackeh Darboe. With a headline performance from Beating Wing Orchestra, veterans of the Manchester International Festival.

Other activities include a parade featuring banners made by community groups and led by east Manchester Afro-Latin band Bloco Novo and family workshops including tai chi and Congolese ceramics.

Then if all of that makes you peckish there will be the opportunity to sample authentic home cooking from Pakistan, West Africa, Poland and Bosnia from the international food village.

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