Take Back Manchester Festival 2017 - #ToriesOut

Protest the Conservative Party Conference
Saturday 30 September - Wednesday 4 October, Manchester

Five days of demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings will take place all across Manchester to protest the Conservative Party conference from 30 September - 4 October 2017 including a major national demonstration the day the Conservative Party Conference opens on Sunday 1 October.


The General Election result left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government. The result represents a rejection of their austerity driven policies that only benefit those at the top. But the Government still remains committed to cuts, privatisation & eroding workers rights. 

The festival will demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war and demand an alternative that works for everyone. The timetable is updated constantly, keep checking for new events. 


Sunday 1 October, 12pm Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
Click here for details



John McDonnall MP Shadow Chancellor, Maxine Peake Actress, Julie Hesmondhalgh Actress, Brian Eno Musician, Gary Younge Journalist & Author, Lowkey Musician & Activist, Captain Ska Band, Afzal Khan MPOwen Jones Journalist/Author, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse BBC's 'The Revolution Will Be Televised', Amelia Womak Deputy Leader, Green Party, Mark Serwotka General Secretary PCS, Len McCluskey Unite the Union Alan Gibbons Author, Maz Saleem Stand Up To Trump, Louise Regan President of the National Education Union, Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition & more to be announced 


This timetable will be updated daily with new events & details may change so please keep checking back. If you are organising an event, or would like to, as part of the week please get in touch - office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk



09:00 - 16:30: Help stop fracking in Lancashire!
Frack Free Greater Manchester is organising a coach to take solidarity to protesters at the Preston New Road fracking site (near Blackpool) Book your place via Eventbrite: MCR stands with PNR or ring 07952 343755

18:00 - 20:00: Public Sector Pay rally 
Hosted by TUC NW (Public Sector Unions) 
@ Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS


11:00 - 18:00: A Future to Win
Day School: Manchester youth groups
@ The English Lounge 64-66 High St, Manchester M4 1EA

12:00 - 16:30: Working for a World Without Austerity
Day School: hosted by Manchester Trades Council (more details to follow)
@ Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY

13:00 - 15:00: Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
@ Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

16:00 - 18:00: Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition 
Speakers: Brian Eno Musician, Afzal Khan MPAlan Gibbons Author, Maz Saleem Stand Up To Trump, Louise Regan President of the National Education Union, Lindsey German StWC Convenor, Murad Qureshi StWC Chair
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RN

17:00 - 19:00: Panel Discussion hosted by Momentum
Paul Mason - Journalist, Lauren Stocks - Tameside Momentum, Max Shanly - CLPD and Momentum Selina Todd - Professor of Modern History @ Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY - More Details SOLD OUT

18:30 - 19:00: Unwelcome the Tories - Flash Mob
@ Piccadilly Station - Facebook event

19:00 - 23:00: Pre-Protest Party
@ Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY- More details

19:30 - 21:30: Saturday Night Live Event


Theatre / Show: Chat Show event with guests who include Maxine Peake Actress, Brian Eno Musician, Owen Jones Journalist & Author, Mark Serwotka General Secretary PCS, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse The Revolution Will Be Televised, Barbara Nice Actress & Comedian, Penny Hicks Manchester People's Assembly
@ Dancehouse Theatre - Get tickets here 


@ Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester


17:30 - 23:00: Official Demo After Party


with: Lowkey, Captain Ska, Children of Zeus & special guests
@ Manchester Academy 2 - Tickets £5 / £10 (standard) / £15 (with food)
Buy tickets here


12:00 - 15:00: No Privatisation Protest at Pushdoctor 
Protest: hosted by Health Campaigns Together / Keep our NHS Public Manchester
@ 5 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6ET

13:00 - 15:30: No to Fracking, No to Climate Change
Protest: Hosted by Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Outside Manchester Central Library

14:00 - 16:00: A Media For The Many Not The Few
Public Meeting: hosted by Media Reform Coalition & others
Speakers include Julie Hesmondhalgh Actress, Justin Schlosberg Media Reform Coalition, Tom Mills Journalist, Stephen Kingston Editor Salford Star, Millie Williamson Media & PR Brunel Uni, Steve Sweeney Morning Star
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN

16:00 - 17:00: Musical Interlude with Glitchers
@ Piccadilly Gardens (by the People's Event Marquee)

16:00 - 18:00: The Fight Against Fracking And Climate Change
Public Meeting: with Tina Rotary Anti-Fracking Nanas, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Allison Roche Unison, Martin Empson Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Unison NW Region Offices, Arena Point, M3 1UN

17:00 - 19:00: Workshop - Be instrumental in protest
Don't be an instrument, make one! Free noise making workshop in preparation for wednesdays wall of sound.
@ People's Event Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN

17:00 - 18:00: Meditation Flash Mob
Hosted by Manchester Awakening 
@ location to be announced on the day. For notification sign up on Facebook

17:15 - 18:45: Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy
Public Meeting: Hosted by Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Facebook 
Dr Jenny Clegg an expert on North East Asia, Ann Feltham Campaign Against The Arms Trade, Kate Hudson CND
@Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY

19:00 - 21:00: How to Resist the NHS Cutbacks
Public Meeting: hosted by Health Campaigns Together
With John Lister, Health Campaigns Together
@ The Old Monkey pub, 90 Portland Street, Manchester city centre, M1 4GX

19:00 - 21:00: An Economy That Works For All

Public Meeting: GARY YOUNGE in conversation with JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor 
Hosted by The People's Assembly 
@ Manchester Cathedral - Register your place here


11:00 - 13:00: Reporting from the frontline in the NHS: the battle for your healthcare
Dr Angharad Spencer-Matewere
 A&E doctor, Serco cleaner, Dr Rishi Dhir Orthopaedic surgeon, Lara McNeil Medical Student, Jacqui Berry ITU nurse
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN Full details

13:00 - 14:00: Book Launch: There's No Place: The American Housing Crisis And What It Means For The UK
With Glynn Robins, Author & Housing Activist
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN Full details

14:00 - 16:30: Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle
Film Showing: followed by Q&A with Glynn Robins author, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Daniela Nadj, Lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary Uni
@ Friends Meeting House - Tickets available here

17:00 - 19:00: Book Launch: How the Establishment Lost Control
With Chris Nineham, Author
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN - More info

17:00 - 19:00: Don't Let The Racists Divide Us
Protest: hosted by Stand Up To Racism
@ St Peters Square

19:30 - 21:00: Book Launch: Sound System: The Political Power of Music
With Dave Randall, Author & musician
@ People's Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN - More info

19:30 - 21:30: Ten Takes On Resistance
Theatre: 10 new specially written pieces tackling some of the big issues of our day
Hosted by Take Back Manchester Theatre Collective
@ Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street - Tickets available here


10:30 - 11:45: End The Housing Crisis: Grenfell, Homelessness & Insecure Homes
Public Meeting with Sheila Coleman Unite Community, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Debra Blanchard The Greater Manchester Housing Action, Tom Woolley British professor of Architecture, Evan Pritchard Manchester People's Assembly
@ Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS More details

11:45 - 15:00: Wall Of Sound Around The Conference Centre
Theresa May: Human Catastrophe 
Organised with Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts
Protest during Theresa May's speech - bring pots, pans, drums, whistles and megaphones!
Assemble: Outside Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS





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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-19 05:34:39 +0100
    Please RSVP: Protest the Tory Party Conference - The People's Festival
  • commented 2017-08-23 04:50:46 +0100
    Yep. Just 4 months to go and Jeremy will be in Number 10.

    No more financial common sense.


  • commented 2017-08-19 22:26:04 +0100
    Their almost gone lets all finish them off.
  • @Grombags tweeted link to this page. 2017-08-16 13:33:34 +0100
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  • commented 2017-08-03 22:09:20 +0100
    This is going to be a great week!
    I wish I lived closer to participate more but there’s no doubt I’ll be there for the Demo with (hopefully) a coach load from Cambridge.
    Keep up the amazing work !
  • @Buck100 tweeted link to this page. 2017-07-24 01:10:08 +0100
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