THIS WEEKEND: A Festival of Pan-African Events, Activities & Experiences

Big People Community CIC presents ‘See My World’...

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 region.

This festival of Pan-African themed events and activities in Manchester is an effort to inspire the creation of a movement to promote and encourage self-determination and self-realisation of the UK’s African and Caribbean diaspora.

The festival will involve the education, promotion and flaunt of Pan-African Arts, Culture and Being. Incorporating historical and heritage 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.

Music

Live Performances and DJ sets from Manchester and the UK’s PAN-AFRICAN talent including, WSTRN, JULS, DREYA MAC, MISHA B, STAR.ONE, ABNORMAL SLEEPZ, July 7, G2, SIM, ISAIAH HULL, NAHUM MCLEAN, EBII, DJDARKA, ZIGGY TAYLOR, KEMOY B & TILLY TILLS.

Talks & Panels

    • In conversation with SIDEMAN exploring race, identity and Pan-African experiences and perspectives.
    • An In conversation and panel with The Manchester Hip-Hop Archive curated by Sefton Mottley and Unity Radio exploring the roots of Manchester Hip Hop with guest panellists Aniff Akinola, MC Shine, Yinka Charles, Oneda, Johnny J, Dr G and Mark XTC
    • Pan African Youth Panel and open discussion exploring provocations and Inspirations from the UK’s PanAfrican youth and community relating to race, identity and leadership.
      • Faidat Ope – Empowherr Entrepreneur and Youth facilitator
      • Heba Rose – Manchester March Organiser/ Young Person
      • Two4Kay – Music Producer and Artist, OMWF
      • Medulla – Poet, Artist, Musician
      • Kemoy Walker – KYSO, Educator and Host
      • Blair Henry – The Blair project, Entrepreneur
    • Pan African Women’s Panel – Invited speakers discussion to explore the many interesting journeys and experiences of Pan African Women around the world.
      • Joanna Jarjue
      • Dr. Erinma Bell
      • Dr. Marilyn Comrie
      • Melody Umsu Gensec
      • Letitia
      • Lola Sheniyi
      • Cheryl Martin

Workshops

A series of creative workshops on mental health, yoga & meditation, nutrition, photography, dance, brand marketing, Careers Information, Advice and Guidance sessions delivered by Manchester’s Pan African community experts highlighting diaspora development within the areas of Welfare, Education, Sustainability, Community, and Employability.

Delivered by, Black In Fashion / The African Pot Project / The Blair Project / 84 youth/ Black History Activity Books (kids workshop)/ HAUS X / Nai Davina /

Films & Performances

‘I AM PHEM’ a film premiere and Q&A by Keisha ‘SheBeKeke’ Thompson as she reflects on her album Ephemera.

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

WE ARE PARABLE – WHO WE ARE, films showings and Q&A discussions focusing on Pan- African women in film

• Launch of the ‘SEE MY WORLD ARCHIVE’ a series of short visual documents telling the stories of the experiences of Pan-Africans in the UK .

Tunde Adekoya and Robert Croll, Creative Directors of Big People Community CIC said;

“Another year, Another SEE MY WORLD. Our launch in 2020 was special in light of a year in isolation.”

“2021 and we haven’t seen much change, however we are blessed to be back in society where we can meet again through art, culture and being. Storytelling is our calling and we look forward to bringing this festival to a wider audience.

“COME SEE OUR WORLD.”

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Made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners and supporters include, Manchester Metropolitan Students Union, CONTACT, Big People Music, Black In Fashion, The Blair Project, Chuck gallery, 84 Youth, KYSO, The African Pot Project, University of Manchester Students Union, Youth Charter, Pie radio, Unity Radio, Manchester Hip Hop Archive, Miss Jackson’s Drinks and WikiMedia.

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