The Coliseum is proud to participate in the Greater Manchester UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail, arranged by Manchester HIV charity George House Trust.
Inspired by the 2019 Global World AIDS Day theme ‘Communities make the difference’ panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt are being displayed in locations across Greater Manchester from Monday 25 November – Sunday 1 December.
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a unique and powerful historical and social artefact and an irreplaceable piece of HIV history. It tells the stories of people lost to the virus in the early days of the HIV epidemic in the UK. Loved ones are honoured and remembered in panels made by partners, friends and families. This is the first time any of the Quilt panels have been exhibited in Greater Manchester since 2007.
Alongside the Coliseum, panels of the quilt are being displayed at the following venues:
Each venue is displaying a panel measuring 3.6 metres by 3.6 metres, for members of the public to view.
Since the virus was identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV-related illnesses. Nearly 37 million people are living with HIV today with over 101,000 of those in the UK.
Despite huge medical advances in treatment, HIV remains a highly stigmatised medical condition. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those lost to HIV globally, to raise awareness and to educate people about HIV today.
Neal Sharpe, Joint Interim Executive Director, George House Trust, said: We believe that the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt can be used as a key resource to raise levels of awareness about HIV. By personalising those who have died from HIV related illnesses and by presenting information about people living with HIV today, we hope to break down barriers and challenge the stigma that still affects the lives of many people living with HIV.”
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Trail leads up to the Greater Manchester World AIDS Day Vigil which takes place on Sunday 1 December at 6pm in Sackville Gardens, the site of the Beacon of Hope, Manchester’s memorial to those lost to HIV/AIDS.