Greater Manchester Systems Changers and Lankelly Chase are delighted to invite you to …

19th – 22nd June @ Oppidan Social, Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HW


GM Systems Changers would like to invite you and your fellow dreamers and weavers, colleagues and collaborators, friends, and family to a four-day gathering in the heart of Manchester.
A gathering where we can celebrate all the work that unites us as we challenge injustice.
A gathering where we can weave together the work already being done to heal, re-imagine and renew systems so that all people can live with dignity and opportunity in supportive communities.
A gathering for us to dream into a future where equity, justice, and even liberation are the strongest threads that bind us together.
And it’s our chance to witness and be in each other’s company – in the real world – FINALLY!

Each day is being loosely held by different community groups and different themes (apologies if you feel we are missing some people and themes).

Sunday 19th June: Young people’s voices (12pm – 6pm)

Monday 20th June: Unheard people’s voices (10am – 5pm)

Tuesday 21st June: More than voice: celebrating Solstice, kinship, and creativity (12 – 8pm)

Wednesday 22nd June: Dreaming and weaving the future we want (11:30am – 5pm)

We totally understand that you may not be able to come for all 4 days. Indeed, come for as long or as little time as you can. But keep WEDNESDAY 22nd FREE. This is when we really need you and your vision!


The first three days will lead us to a collaborative process where we intentionally and consciously start dreaming up the future we want so we can all thrive.

To make it easier to be together for as long as possible, there will be the following spaces available:-


Inclusivity and Accessibility:
– A creche for little ones
– Some fantastic BSL interpreters with us for the whole festival
– A prayer room (if not being used, then also a quiet room for rest)
– Co-working spaces & meeting rooms for any ‘tasks and official business’ that you might need to tend to over the four days
– The venue is entirely accessible via lifts


– Hot food will be provided each day 🙂 – it will be free and there will be veggie/vegan options
– As we are mainly together during the day, it will be an alcohol-free space


Zones: There will be different zones for different bits of activity, including:-

For all the groups who participated in the Spaces fund, there will be an exhibition area where you can share any materials from your ‘spaces’. Please contact if you haven’t yet expressed an interest and would like to share something.

If you want to publicise your organisation or community group, there will be a dedicated area to leave relevant materials in the Main Hub.

There will be room for any of us to hold an ‘open space’ to follow threads and themes as they emerge.

To enjoy the natural elements under a gazebo in front of the venue – to meet and chat with fellow guests.

There’s still space available if you would like to host art, community organising, cooking, dancing, foraging, movement building, new economic models, poetry, singing, storytelling, theatre, and writing workshops. (No doubt we will have accidentally missed some of the skills and expertise we have between us. Just holla if you would like to host something!)


We look forward to welcoming you to the gathering.