A MINI-FESTIVAL of songs, art, poetry, and debates that rally against climate change is coming to Oldham Library.

Voices For Action will be hosted by poet, writer, and climate justice activist Sai Murray on Saturday, September 25 from 12pm.

Other artists attending the festival include singer-songwriter Emmanuela Yogolelo, the contemporary Sufi singer Sarah Yaseen, photographer Murad Chowdhury, artist and activist Rabia Begum, printmaker Lubna Ali and artist Fatimah Fagihassan.

The event, created by Crossing Footprints, in partnership with Community Arts North West and Oldham Libraries, is also set to celebrate Oldham Library being awarded Library of Sanctuary.

Oldham Library achieved the Libraries of Sanctuary award in recognition of its work to ensure the facility is a welcoming space for people who come to the UK to seek safety and sanctuary.

Councillor Shaid Mushtaq, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I’m delighted Oldham Library is hosting Voices For Action as it gives us a chance to celebrate our Library of Sanctuary status.”

He added: “This event also allows us to show that tackling climate change is important to Oldham Council.

“We’ve already declared a climate emergency, and everyone can do their bit to help. Now is the time to take action.

“If we all work together, we can achieve our ambition to make Oldham the greenest borough in the region.”

The event will also launch a compilation video produced by Oldham communities and featuring the work of Oldham Lifelong Learning Service and the borough’s Fatima Women’s Association together with community groups in Bremen and Hamburg.

The video will play for two weeks on public screens across libraries in Oldham, Manchester, Bremen, and Hamburg.

For more information and to book a place residents can visit the Crossing Footprints website. The event will also be live streamed on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.