0161 Festival is an anti-fascist benefit festival run in Manchester, United Kingdom. It was set up to raise money for anti-fascist and anti-racist activities both throughout the U.K. and abroad. Recent history has shown us where hate can lead: from violent disturbances in Greece and many other countries suffering economic difficulties, to physical abuse on the streets of the U.K. in 2018. It is more important than ever to stand united together against the hate and vitriol that is sweeping across Europe. With a huge variety of music, art, films, sport and more, there is something for everyone. We want to show that regardless of the music you like, or where you come from, or what you are into, that we are all united under the anti-fascist banner.
It’s really important to us that we continue having the festival and we are growing every year, and bringing in more and more people. We are community based and link up as much as we can with local youth throughout the year. The aim of the festival, since the start has been to bring people from the community and further afield to join together in teh fight against racism and fascism wherever it rears it’s ugly head. To all stand together. For a long time, anti-fascist and anti-racist benefit gigs and events have been very much part of a ‘clique’ and not engaging with people from different backgrounds and communities. We started the festival to change that, to have music from all over the world, people from all walks of life.
The principal of the festival since the beginning has always been to donate any of the money that is made after paying for bands and running costs to groups fighting against racism in their communities across Europe. We are a strictly not for profit organisation whose main aim is to help and support those in need.