The Programme

The‘Say It Loud’ Programme

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October 2012 Black History 

Tuesday October 2nd, – ‘Say It Loud’ Programme and Exhibition Launch
  • The launch of the exciting, new ‘Say It Loud’ programme
    • Will be hosted by the sensational poet and musician Chris Jam
    • keynote lecture ‘200 years of Black organisations’, will be delivered by Maria Noble co-founder of the ‘Manchester Black History Walk’ and  the first Chair of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust.
    • Include the opening of the Say It Loud Exhibition ‘Struggle and Activism in the Black Community: Manchester and Beyond ’, curated by Washington Alcott
    • includes special guests.
Tuesday October 9th, – ‘Footprints in the Sand’ seminar and debate
  • How relevant and engaged is history in Manchester? Is it ‘useful’? ‘Say It Loud brings ‘established organisation-based historians’ and ‘community historians’ together to discuss the role of history in the community.
Tuesday October 16th, – ‘Art as Activism’
o   How has art inspired and been inspired by struggle, social movements and activism?

Tuesday October 23rd, – Black Panther Day
  • A look back at the Black Panthers, which will include a
    • film screening
    • talk about the Panthers
    • debate: ‘Black Panthers – Nostalgia or model of empowerment?’

Saturday October 27th 
Day of Enterprise and Creativity

1 to 6pm - Sell It Like it Is Arts and Craft Fair 

  • A new marketplace for contemporary Britain Based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Artists, Designers and Craftspeople to offer a discerning buying public a brand new way to explore our creativity.
  • Full details here
8 to 12pm – Speakeasy
  • A night of spoken word, song and music by the Speakeasy open mike jam collective. Performances by local artists inspired by ‘Say It Loud’ themes of inspiration and activism.
  • More details here

Artist Film
Mbarigroup have also commissioned an [shades]Artists Film from Hafsah Naib  click here for more information

November and December Interactive Lectures 
bring together Artists with Local Community Organisations to explore the need for people to get involved in shaping change in their local communities.

Together we will examine several contemporary issues including

Thursday 15th November 

Race, Media and Representation’
How do we see ourselves? Media outlets' portrayal of Black people and non-White people have been a longstanding source of controversy. The construction of a visible identity will draw artists and activists, into a discussion of racism in the media, non-White representation and progressive breakthroughs.

November 22nd 

‘The Numbers: Statistics and the Black communities’ | Crime

By the numbers, how are we doing? According to official statistics, times are hard and the current policies aren't adding up to a stronger economy or better social standing for many of us. This particular discussion will focus on the statistics presented by the criminal justice system and economists on the inequality that lingers on in Manchester and Britain at large.

November 29th 

Employment : whats working
What is working, and who is it working for? According to the government we're out of the recession; albeit with 2.59 million people unemployed. Is the recent news of small growth overshadowing the issue of unemployment in the black community? Moreover, will the new cuts and benefit schemes hurt our community's recovery? We will discuss the process of recovery and building a network of employment that works for everyone.

December 6th 

Activism Today
How can someone be an activist today? What the hell for, anyway? Elements of power exist all around us, structured and infused into our daily lives for the benefit of a few; activists challenge the benefits of a few for the good of the many. We will discuss how everyday people can challenge those elites and build a better community by changing conditions and challenging injustices.

All events will be based at Z-Arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 5ZA
Contact Details
Deyika Nzeribe:               07932051464
Ekua Bayunu:          07534252942

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