An Online Festival of Pan-African Experiences; See My World

Featuring Lemn Sissay, Akala, Afua Hirsch, David 'Sideman' Whitely, Prof. Hakim Adi, David Olusoga, Misha B, Dr. Geoff Thompson, Yusra Warsama, CHUNKY and many more.

By Manchester's Finest | 13 October 2020

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Big People Community CIC presents ‘See My World’ a series of multicultural, multi-lingual, intergenerational inclusive events, reflecting the aspirations of Manchester’s Pan-African community and that of the region – An online festival taking place 15th – 18th October 2020.

This festival of Pan-African themed events and activities in Manchester is an effort to commemorate the Pan-African Congress held in Manchester 75 years ago, with a long term aim to inspire the creation of a movement to promote and encourage self-determination and self-realisation of the UK’s African diaspora.

The festival will involve the education, promotion and celebration of Pan-African Arts, Culture and Being. Incorporating debates, forums, seminars, exhibitions, performances with the aim to enlighten and develop the establishment of a new cultural practice for the African diaspora of Manchester the region and the world.

Project Partners and supporters include, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester School of Theatre, CONTACT, Manchester International Festival, Manchester City Council,
Arts Council England, European Social Fund, Big People Music, Young Identity, STUN, The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relation Resource Education Trust + More.

Names and events with partners SEE MY WORLD 2020 include:


● Live Performances and DJ sets from Manchester and the UK’s Pan-African Talent. Powered by Manchester International Festival and Big People Community CIC, including, ROOTS RADDIX / CHUNKY / MISHA B / SNO / Kemoy B / DJ SILVA / STAR.ONE / DJ DARKA


● In conversation with Lemn Sissay exploring race, identity and Pan-African experiences and perspectives.

● In conversation with Akala exploring the roots of Pan-Africanism and the Pan-African congress

● In Conversation with Afua Hirsch exploring the existence of what it means to be Black and british. Powered and produced by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) as part of PAC75.

● Pan-African Youth Panel and open discussion exploring provocations and Inspirations from the UK’s Pan-African youth and community relating to race, identity and leadership. Featuring:
David “Sideman” Whitely: Presenter, Comedian, Creator
Heba Rose: Manchester March Organiser/ Young Person
Tina Rehana: Cultural consultant, choreographer, and dance school founder.
Prof. Hakim Adi: British Historian & Academic
Tasha Crawford: CBBC Newsround Director/Producer
Dr. Patrick Williams: Manchester Metropolitan University
Kwame Asamoah: University Of Manchester Students’ Union General Secretary
Shiloh: Artist, Youth Activist, 84Youth

● Pan-African Community Panel – Invited speakers discussion to explore the many interesting journeys and experiences of Pan-African Peoples within The UK. Featuring:

Prof. Hakim Adi: PAC 45 Specialist Historian, Author & Academic
Prof Geoff Thompson MBE DL FRSA: Former 5 x World Champion and Pioneering Sports Youth Activist
Dr Sue Luke: Pioneer, Founder and Principal of Shockout
Andrew Lindo: Creator and Publisher of Black History Activity books
Shirley May: Author, Writer, Poet, Young Identity

● Students unite for PAN- AFRICANISM PANEL – A collaboration between Greater Manchester’s Students unions (Uni of Salford, Manchester Met Uni, Uni of Boltons, Uni of Manchester) including panel talks expressing important student ideas for liberation, creativity and resilience, produced and powered by University Of Salford.


● A series of Digital workshops, Careers Information, Advice and Guidance sessions delivered by Manchester’s Pan-African community experts highlighting diasporas development within the areas of Welfare, Education, Sustainability, Community, and Employability.

Delivered by, The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah race relations resource centre / The African Pot Project / 42ND STREET / Courtney Hayles / Consult MA


Voices of Freedom By SuAndiOnline premiere film screening. Unique performances of original and existing work presented by family members of the Manchester based Pan African Congress 1945 delegates, produced and powered by Manchester Poetry Library/ MMU.

Rage with Words a short film by Courtney Hayles, Written and first recorded in the immediate aftermath of the BLM protests.

TRAPLORD OF THE FLYZ Concept series presented by Ivan Michael Blackstock this visual piece utilises a raw and confrontational style of dance, movement and spoken word to explore hard-hitting ideas on the stereotyping of Black men in Contemporary society.

SEE MY DUNYA: A film of Somali-Mancunian experiences By SSCOPE, Elmi ali and HMD – Through Film, See My Dunya brings to focus the seldom seen faces, the unheard stories and dreams that make up the Somali-British experience.

A sense of the future curated by Keisha thompson and Big People Music
Join Tunde Adekoya, Yusra Warsama, Tolu Ajayi and Christian Asare as they share performances, objects, and senses responding to historic transcripts from the 1945 Pan-African congress.

Tunde Adekoya and Robert croll, Creative Directors of Big People Community CIC said,
“We’re gassed and feel super blessed to present SEE MY WORLD. This has been years in the making, with many ups and downs but when the universe is on your side, anything is possible. Through art, culture and being we hope to share the many stories that make up Manchester and the UK’s Pan-African experiences. COME SEE OUR WORLD.”


LIVE 15th – 18th October 2020

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