Thursday, 29 November 2012

Employment : Whats working? event this evening cancelled

Due to an accident within the organising team, we’ve decided to cancel tonight’s event.

We apologise for the short notice.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

AKALA Guest Lecture: 3pm, Thursday November 29th 2012

Employment : Whats working? Thursday November 29th 7 - 8.30pm

Employment : Whats working? 

Exactly what percentage of Black people in Manchester are out of work? What about young people? What are we doing to find work? What are we doing to get an income? Who has the information and what is working?

We will discuss the process of recovery and building a network of employment that works for everyone.

invited speakers|

Artist | Ekua Bayunu

Thursday November 29th 7pm - 8.30pm

Entrance - £2

Venue - Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Crude Killings Book Launch Wednesday November 28th 6 - 8pm

Free event by Virtual Migrants, Weds 28th November 6 - 8pm

BEHIND OIL: Multi-billion dollar corporate oil activities are almost entirely hidden, sanitised, absent from history and consciousness.
We think we know about oil, but we don't. Its not just what we use it for, more than that its about extreme power and control by companies and states over our lives, minds, environment, culture, economies and austerities...

Book your place at (registration is strongly advised to be sure of entry)
@ International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Manchester M1 5BY

Virtual Migrants present the latest of their ‘Passenger’ events using live music and spoken word, plus a panel discussion in response to Platform's new book The Oil Road.
The Oil Road, quotes BP - the fourth largest company in the world - describing their operations as “Safe, Silent & Unseen”, but we need both to "see" and to "hear" at whose expense are their billions of dollars of annual profits.
This event by Virtual Migrants with support from Platform will explore the themes of the book and ask, "How does the sanitisation of difficult, violent processes and imperialist histories inform the fight for climate justice today?"

The panel includes:

JAMES MARRIOTT - Platform & co-author of the book
JAYA GRAVES - Southern Voices
DEYIKA NZERIBE - Hulme Green Party
MARC HUDSON - Steady State Manchester
ARWA ABURAWA - Manchester Climate Monthly
KOOJ CHUHAN (chair) - Virtual Migrants

The 'Passenger' performance will involve Virtual Migrants' artists:
SAI MURRAY (poetry/spoken word)
TANHA MEHRZAD (visual projection/poetry)

Platform (London) are a social justice organisation combining Arts, Activism, Education and Research. For more info on The Oil Road and their work including the campaign for justice in the Niger delta, Remember Saro-Wiwa see

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Numbers: Statistics and the Black communities

The Numbers: an objective look at Black communities through statistics. 

How are we doing on employment, education, health, wealth? What does picture does it paint as a whole?

The event will not only look at the wider view but in particular focus on the statistics presented by the criminal justice system how it affects communities and contributions from organisations at the sharp edge of things.

Confirmed Speakers

Patrick Williams and Waqas Tufail Lecturers in Criminology from MMU
Green and Black Cross | Ryan Bradshaw

Thursday November 22nd 7pm - 8.30pm

Entrance - £2

Venue - Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Monday, 12 November 2012

Race, Media and Representation

This event will explore how we are seen in the media and how we see ourselves through the media.  We will examine practices that bypass existing mainstream media platforms that give greater control.  
How does this work and what are the goals for such initiatives?

Confirmed speakers

Artist - Hafsah Naib  | Mbari Group
Hafsah works as a contemporary artist exploring identity and representation through photography, installation and film.

Organisation - 
Milton Brown | KL TV
Milton is director of the online internet TV channel KLTV and currently holds a United Nations Fellowship.

Thursday November 15th 7pm - 8.30pm

Entrance - £2

Venue - Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Camp de Thiaroye

So only 12 more days until the Tell it Like it Is series kicks off on Thursday 15th November at Z arts 335 Stretford Road.

Judging from our seminar series, this section will be more popular than ever so I'd recommend booking your tickets in advance click here and scroll to bottom of page.

NB The Z-arts website needs updating click here for accurate details about the Interactive Lecture Series.

To keep you focussed until the programme starts here are some clips from one of our Co-producer Ekua Bayunu's favourite films. Camp de Thiaroye from Senagalese Director Ousmane Sembene