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HOME apologises and says Palestinian event will go ahead after protest by artists

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A Manchester arts venue has announced that an event showcasing work by Palestinian artists will now go ahead, following protests over its cancellation last week.

HOME has apologised for the 'distress' and 'upset' caused by its initial decision to cancel the event. The U-turn comes after artists removed their work from an exhibition at the city centre venue last night (April 3) in protest of the decision to cancel the Voices of Resilience event.

Around 70 pieces of art were removed from the Manchester Open exhibition. The show which was due to take place on April 22 was billed as an evening of poetry and writing by Palestinians in Manchester and Gaza.

It was cancelled after the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester wrote a letter raising concerns about the event. READ MORE: 'When this is over, I will live in a tent next to my demolished house' In a statement last week, HOME said it is a 'politically neutral space' and that the safety of staff, audiences and artists was 'paramount'.

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