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Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend (hosted by Quarantine)

A weekend of encounters, conversation, food and music exploring how we live together in chaos of urban change.

Who’s next door?

Twenty years ago, a few thousand people lived in Manchester City Centre. Today, that figure has reached 65,000 – and like the cranes, it keeps going up.

We live next to, above and below each other. We share walls and streets, offices, shops and restaurants. But do we know each other?

Join us for a weekend of art, music, conversation and food exploring city living, neighbourliness and making a life amid the chaos of urban change.

Meet the Neighbours: The Weekend will bring together a wide range of voices to question and challenge how we relate to one another, whose voices get heard and how we might plan for the future.

9-10 November 2019

Secret Manchester City Centre locations

A Quarantine event.


Saturday 9 November, 12 noon – late

The day will begin in secret locations across the city centre. You’ll meet neighbours old and new, venture into places normally unseen, before gathering together for an afternoon of active reflection and future gazing with provocations from leading thinkers.

In the evening, we’ll meet Manchester’s noisiest neighbours as we end the day with a gig showcasing some of the city’s most exciting musical talent.

Lunch and dinner included

Sunday 10 November, 12 noon – 5pm

On Sunday, we’ll look beyond Manchester to cities across Europe and North Africa that are also experiencing rapid change.

Join us for food and guided conversation with Meet the Neighbours project partners, artists, thinkers and researchers to explore the politics of living together and what it might mean to practice neighbourliness.

We’ll discuss the place of artists in cities; art as a form of social action; and the effect urban growth is having on the arts ecology.

Lunch included


Full weekend ticket: £35 (£17.50)

Saturday ticket: £25 (£12.50)

Sunday ticket: £12 (£6)

The 50% off concessionary rate is available to seniors (aged 60+), under 18s, students in full-time education, job-seekers and those with disabilities.

Book your tickets via Eventbrite

The event will begin and end in Manchester City Centre. You will be given your exact start time and location at least 24 hours before the event begins via email and/or text.

Age guidance: Suitable for ages 14+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Quarantine do not wish price to be a barrier to anyone attending. A number of free places are available for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. To enquire about a free place, please email


This weekend marks the end of a three-year collaborative project called Meet the Neighbours, which has been taking place in Manchester & Salford, UK; Béthune, France; Groningen, the Netherlands; Lublin, Poland; and Marrakech, Morocco.



Event Details

Location TBC
Start Saturday 9 Nov 2019 12:00pm
Finish Saturday 9 Nov 2019 5:00pm

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