A walk in the garden.

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A Divergency project, presented by Word of Warning

After months inside staring at a screen, the shoots and tendrils of new life are breaking through our concrete walls… Take a stroll through the garden for a series of performance encounters inspired by the healing power of nature.


Chanje Kunda · Christian Asare · Jade Williams · Jamil Keating · Maya Chowdhry · Shkiesha


Time: Sunday 27 September 2020, 12noon-4pm.
Location: Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley St, Manchester, M15 5RG
Ticketing: a free event with NO booking required.
On arrival: please follow the one-way route around the garden centre, adhering to the latest UK Government coronavirus regulations.
Age Advisory: parental/guardian discretion.
Content Warnings: none.
Please note:
  this event takes place outside, please wear suitable clothing + footwear;
  for specific access queries please get in touch by emailing


Chanje Kunda · Masking Climate Change
 Masking our faces, our expressions, our emotions — the new sea of blue is masking the harm we do to our world. Disposable plastics and masks are clogging the environment, destroying the beauty that should be healing.
 From the maker of Plant Fetish, this new twist juxtaposes the beauty of nature and the blight of trash to ask if there’s a botanical remedy to our ills.

Christian Asare · Seen/Heard/Scene/Herd
 Visual Art and spoken word…
 A Scene for the Herd. A Scene that is Heard.
 A Herd much less Seen. Often Seen, never Heard.

Jade Williams · Pablo Fanque’s Fantastic Fair
 For the benefit of our forgotten Black Britons, come and rejoice in the might of the fair.
 Jade is a mover, writer + performer.

Jamil Keating · The Crown
 Corona — a crown; the gaseous glow around the sun; a virus.
 A conversation of witches and wizards, peace and love, Hypatia, Joan of Arc, of people, pain + democracy. A casting of the runes for our chaotic times by Jamil E.R Keating + others.

Maya Chowdrhry · Seeds on Earth
 Maya poetically asks you to plant seeds — to counter climate change; bioremediate for soil pollution; and to consider what seeds we need to feed ourselves.
 A live artist and poet, Maya creates immersive and democratic experiences for audiences that explore seed sovereignty and food justice.

Shkiesha · Mindful
 Is Mindful a mind full? Is empathy empty? What is the tempo of your temper?
 Observe the rhythm of your heart beat. Fall into synchronicity with the river.
 A movement piece by physical performer and conceptual artist Shkiesha Asantewa.

Botanic is a Divergency project — an ongoing artist development programme encouraging diversity in live art, supported by hÅb + STUN.

Botanic produced by hÅb with Jamil Keating + Dee Dixon.
Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, hÅb, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Gaskell Garden Project, Ku’umba + local healthcare professionals.

Botanic previewed by

Websites | #BotanicMcr | @ChanjeKunda
Maya: | @MayaChowdhry
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Performance Programme Autumn/Winter 2020

Sun 27 Sep, 12-4pm. Free | Hulme Com. Garden Centre
Wed 7 Oct, 8pm. Donations welcome | Online
Ongoing | Online
Indefinitely postponed | Contact
Emergency 2020