For one day only, on Saturday 1 September, the Festival of Manchester will take over Platt Fields Park for a jam-packed programme of family-friendly cultural activities and performances, from midday until well after the sun sets.
Community organisations from across the city are gearing up to take part in the celebration to showcase the very best of their own culture and traditions, in what will be a fantastic carnival of culture, colour, and creativity – mixed in with a Manchester mash-up of fun, food, and free things to do.
One of the many diverse community groups taking part in the day is Amani Creative located in Moston who use creativity and culture to bring positive changes in communities.
They will be showcasing arts and culture from local African communities and entertain the crowds with a mix of live contemporary African music and African drumming and dance.
As well as performances by some of the fantastic musicians from the Amani Collective throughout the day, they will also be accommodating workshops for anyone – young or old – who wants to learn a few dance steps, have a go at the drums, or join in with the group dance and drumming.
The Amani Community Choir, an intergenerational and cultural cross-over community choir, will also be performing live.
The choir sings songs from all over the over the globe and in various languages, celebrating friendships and connections between people, as well as helping to promote greater social cohesion.
Emmanuela Yogolelo, the Creative Producer for Amani Creatives, said: “We’re looking forward to sharing our own culture and learning more about others.
“We’ve got lots of local African artists taking part who are very proud of what they do, and the festival gives them a fabulous opportunity to showcase their work and also get others involved.
“It’s especially essential to come together and find out about each other’s culture because that way communities can focus on their commonalities and strengths – which help make the city better and a great place to live.
“Bringing local people together, connecting them, and hopefully keeping them connected is important, and we want to help with this.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: “This is our very first Festival of Manchester.
Come down, get involved in some incredible free activities, and join us in celebrating all of our many differences that help make Manchester so amazing.”