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23rd May 2019

Heartstone March – Ellesmere Park

On Thursday 25th April, pupils from Ellesmere Park High School where amongst the 300 children from across Greater Manchester led by Sitakumari and dancers of the Heartstone Company ‘Moving Lives Dance Theatre’ to the sound of Indian dhol drummers set off on a procession at The Lowry to mark the start of a new journey – to fight prejudice, intolerance and hate and celebrate all that brings us together. The event marked the start of the project across Greater Manchester.

“The Heartstone Odyssey is a gripping epic adventure but also a moral tale for our time. The books have been written to entertain, a story for children, that adults too, can enjoy and, as with all great timeless stories, will leave you seeing the world in a different way forever, to see past stereotypes and prejudice, to see a common humanity.”

Using the book as inspiration, children created mouse masks, to represent the principal mouse characters of the book, who are not daunted by enormous obstacles to reach their goals, and carried slogans, flags and banners as they set off on their march around The Lowry building.

The event was very well supported by Salford’s leaders and included representatives of the boroughs of Greater Manchester.

As a result of the event on the 25th, Cllr John Merry, Deputy City Mayor who opened the event, has been given the lead for the project in the City and is assisting to see the media / cultural project take shape in Salford.