Arts Charity Impact

How we crammed a three-day festival into six minutes

It was a privilege to be a part of the Ripples of Hope Festival 2021, a mind-blowing event that explored human rights from every angle over five busy days. This annual gathering takes place at Home in Manchester but is hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The stellar line-up of speakers included Hillary Clinton (via Zoom!) as well as other politicians, activists, artists, poets, lawyers and people who had experienced human rights abuses first-hand.

As we ran around the Home building, covering multiple events at once, we heard so many incredible conversations. In one room there would be a panel discussion happening between GM Mayor Andy Burnham and a teenaged activist. Meanwhile in a cinema upstairs there would be a group of poets swapping poems and stories. In the foyer two artists listened to thoughts from the delegates and added them to a beautiful mural.

Working alongside Kirstie Henderson and Ryan Murrell from Brave Day, we were tasked with filming and editing three highlights films. The one above was of the main festival weekend itself, while the other two showcased an event for business leaders on the Wednesday, and for schools on the Thursday.

As you can probably gather, there was a lot to cram in. But hopefully we’ve succeeded in capturing a sense of the energy, passion and breadth of this brilliant Ripples of Hope event.

By Ben Horrigan

I've been producing digital content since 2012, primarily for flagship BBC brands like Blue Peter and BBC News. Now I run Studio 91 Media, a video production agency on a mission: to create content that is good for platforms, good for people and good for the planet. When I'm not behind a camera, I can often be found playing cello at weddings or riding a three-wheeled cargo bike called Babs.