GOA Independence Dance

The Grenadian Overseas Association Manchester – Second Grenadian Independence Dance

Dear Sir/Madam

The Grenadian Overseas Association Manchester will be holding its second Grenadian Independence Dance on the 09th Febuary 2019 at The Britannia Country House Hotel, Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 2WG.

We hope to show case Grenadian Heritage which has influences from United Kingdom, Grenada including Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

We would like to unite the generations within the community to give the youth and seniors a positive experience. Loneliness within our community is prevalent the dinner dance is a unique event, which enables all to share knowledge and hopeful encourage each generation to join in with future events.

Our nominated charity is Maggie’s they provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

We would be grateful if your able to support our community event, that hosts approx 200 people.

All support, donations and sponsorship towards this event would be welcome. The promotional brochure for 45th Grenadian Overseas Association dinner dance will feature all sponsors.

RSVP: GOA Mcr member to confirm your support by 30.11.2018 (digital logo will be required).

eMail: brendajohnson169@btinternet.com or Tel: 07763 345 157

Yours sincerely,

Theresa Joseph-McSween

Chair of Grenada Overseas Association Manchester.

 

Bringing a community together through inspiration and education.

 

 
 


Mix D Hair – Unisex Hair Products

My name is Bradley Lincoln. I’m a parent, grand-parent, a son, social researcher and I’m mixed race. For many years I have struggled to find a suitable hair-care product for my own and my family’s mixed, curly and frizzy hair.

I have often felt invisible in the current market place. Most products are targeted at other people but not me. Black / Afro hair-care products are too oily and heavy. European / White products too drying.

So, I got together with a hair technician to create a unisex hair-care range, specifically formulated for mixed, curly hair.

Find Mix-D Hair Products @ CCoM 2018

There were 3 issues I wished to address:

Results. I wanted to develop a mixture which would leave hair conditioned, frizz free, conditioned and de-tangled.

Accessibility. I wanted to make life easier and manufacture a unique UK based product, with a memorable style, which would be widely available in the mainstream. I also need to see authentic mixed identity represented in a brand.

Price. I wanted to create a top quality product at a good price. Most mixed people, young and old, love their hair but many struggle to find suitable products for their hair to reach its full potential.

I have learnt many things on this journey of discovery, but most importantly how it feels when products and services are targeted at other people, and not you!!

The Mix-d: unisex hair products is brought to you by Mix-d: (pronounced mixed) – a homegrown, UK-based organisation. All products have been lovingly co-created with the audience group alongside recognised industry specialists.

Bradley Lincoln

Mix-d

Mobile: 07950 259 519

www.Mix-d.org

 

 


Windrush Story Michael Hayles

Windrush Stories: Michael Hayles

The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to thank Mr Michael Hayles for sharing his Windrush story with us. Everyone at the carnival would like to wish Michel and his family good health and the very best for the future. We hope to see Michael at carnival 2018!

 

My parents Windrush generation story …

by Michael Hayles

 

My parents were part of the Windrush Generation, both arriving separately from Jamaica in 50’s, my mother from St Catherine’s and my father from Clarendon. Both came to the UK as young adults for a better life.

My parent first settled, then met in Birmingham; soon after my sister Jackie and I were born. Mum was a nurse for 50 years and my dad was an engineer. I went to North Staffs Polytechnic studying business, while my sister Lancashire Polytechnic and studied Marketing.

In my first year, my Dad was taken from us quite suddenly at 50 years old by cancer. My Mum was devastated and wanted a fresh start so she moved house in Birmingham. Then, Mum felt the urge to return back home to Jamaica, so she sold up and moved back, buying a new house in St Catherine’s. During the early years of her being back in JA, she seemed to spend more time in the UK than in Jamaica, so we were not surprised to hear that she wanted to sell up and come back to the UK claiming to be missing her kids, friends, family, culture, and surprisingly the weather. She is now back in the UK, in her mid-80s and in great shape. Initially she rented, but is very happy now having bought again and in her own home.

I am very proud of my parents, especially my Mum, knowing how hard it must have been for them to have made a life in a completely new country, with all of the challenges that must of created.

At 53 its feels strange to have outlived my Dad, however he still played a massive part in my life, showing me the virtues and giving us all belief. I consider myself lucky to still have my Mum , siblings, own family of three daughters and wife of 24 years. Next year will be my silver wedding anniversary.

 

 


The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre kicks off CCOM 2018

Coincidentally, this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the ship, Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, in June 1948.

Amid the current Windrush scandal entangling Theresa May’s government, it is perhaps fitting that the organisers of this year’s festival bring the recognition of both the generation and their impact upon British soil. read more …

 

 

 

 


Empire Windrush

Windrush: 1 Minutes Silence

Dear all,

There will be one minutes silence for the Windrush victims at the Windrush Millennium Centre this Friday, 22nd June 2018 at 11am. The venue address is below. Please feel free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Mickey Bisson.

 

VENUE:

Windrush Millennium Centre
70 Alexandra Road,
Manchester.
M16 7WD.

 

 


New Carnival App

Download the new Caribbean Carnival of Manchester phone app for all the latest news, offers and what’s on information relating to this year’s carnival.

Login through Facebook to receive notifications and live updates during the event.

APP DOWNLOAD

 
 

 
 


Lucy Powell MP Windrush Meeting

Emergency Meeting on Windrush with Lucy Powell MP

You may have seen reports of the scandal of the Windrush Generation.

The Windrush Generation refers to people who came to the UK from the Commonwealth any time before the 1973 and who have been British citizens for decades have found themselves without documentation and without the ability to work or claim benefits. Anyone you came to the UK before 1988 can be caught up in this. This is a scandal and one that needs to be rectified.

I have arranged a meeting for anyone who is affected, or anyone who knows someone who is affected to come and talk about their situation. The meeting will take place at The Windrush Millennium Centre on Wednesday 2nd May at 5pm.

As MP for Manchester Central, I have been dealing with similar cases and trying to help people who have been caught in this situation and have written to and met with Government Ministers as well as spoken in Parliament on the issue.

If you know anyone who has been affected or anyone who came to the UK before 1988 and who is worried about their status, please share this invitation with them.

If you can’t make the meeting but need advice then please contact me at contact@lucypowell.org.uk 0161 232 0872 or by writing to Lucy Powell MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA.

 

Winrush Meeting Venue

5pm Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust,
Windrush Millennium Centre,
70 Alexandra Road,
M16 7WD.

 

Contact Lucy Powell MP

Tel: 0161 232 0872

eMail: contact@lucypowell.org.uk

 
 
 
 


Manchester Carnival April 2018 Update

Windrush Bacchanal Update

Celebrating 70 Platinum Years of the Windrush Generation

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A message from the Chair …

Welcome all.

Hopefully, everybody is aware this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester theme is Windrush bacchanal, celebrating 70 platinum years of the Windrush generation.

For anyone wishing to understand more about the Windrush generation, how the generation positively changed the UK with their brand of cultural music, dance and colourful vibrancy and the struggles they faced after landing on these shores, links to historical information on the Windrush generation have been randomly chosen and included at the bottom of this post.

To carnival 2018. Preparations are well underway. As we begin organising, the committee would like to take this opportunity to pass on messages to band leaders, performers, stall holders and troops.

The message to stall holders is, space in the park is limited and therefore at a premium. The committee is only able to allocate a pre-determined size plot to each stall holder; therefore, any stall holders wishing to bring trailers or similar into the park, MUST contact the Chair, Carnival Mickey, in advance to discuss whether it is possible to bring a trailer into the park and the cost implications. Mickey can be contacted on 07985 400 384 or at carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk.

If any troops, performers and bands would like to take part in this year’s carnival, likewise the committee invites band leaders to contact the chair to apply using the information above. The committee is preparing a new band/ troop registration form which will hopefully be uploaded to the website for download soon. So, please check back in a couple of weeks.

A comprehensive list of ‘What’s On’ for 2018 is still being established. However, the committee can confirm there will be a full road parade, 8 stages of fantastic performers in the park, as well all the favourites like African Corner, Latin Corner and others. The committee will announce more in due course.

Finally, if any confirmed performers or troops would like to feature on the carnival website, please contact Mickey with a write up and at least one banner image at least 750 pixels by 500 pixels in size. The same applies to advertisers; although, cost and terms and conditions apply for advertising on the carnival’s website platform.

Long live Lord Kitchener, the Trinadadian Calypso and Soca artist who started the embryonic Caribbean carnival in London.

See you all in August.

Carnival Mickey (Chair)

 
 

Get Ready
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018

 
 

The Voyage of the Empire Windrush

 
 

Windrush, Part 1 of 4

 
 

Images of the Empire Windrush

 
 

The Windrush Generation

Sources of Information

 
 

Notice to Advertisers

Did you know the carnival website receives in the region of 100, 000 views in the two weeks leading up to the carnival? The Caribbean Carnival Facebook page has around 6,000 followers too.
To get your message across to a guaranteed audience contact the Chair about advertising on 07985 400 384 or carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk.

 
 


CCoM Happy 2018

Happy New Year from the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester

The team at the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and prosperous 2018.

The team would also like to thank everyone for their hard work and support in 2017. In particular, the team would like to thank those who supported the carnival financially or with their time and skills.

These include:

  • CCoM committee and supporting team
  • Troops & participants
  • Lucy Powell MP
  • Manchester City Council (All departments connected to the Carnival)
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • St John’s Ambulance
  • WRPS Scaffolding
  • Bigint Ltd.(website)

And, our great sponsors without whom the carnival may not happen:

Stagecoach
Supermalt
Rosgal

If you or your organisation would like to sponsor the 2018 Manchester carnival, the team would love to speak to you. Please contact Mickey on 07985 400 384 or email carnivalmickey@hotmail.co.uk .

Following another successful carnival year, we now look to 2018. Details about the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018 theme will be published soon, so please stay in touch with the carnival news page.

Thanks to NordWood Themes on UnSplash.com for supplying the image for this post under the creative commons license.


Parade Awards 2017

Winning Results for the Manchester Carnival Parade 2017

With the weather holding out, at least in the afternoon, Carnival 2017 was another highly successful event.

The weekend has become a highlight of the annual carnival calendar and the great people of Manchester, along with those who attended from throughout Britain, did not disappoint us again. The parade was as spectacular and stunning as ever, with a diversity of fantastic Mas Bands, floats and costumes on show. Much fun was had by all.

The carnival organisers wish to thank everyone who attended to make carnival 2017 a special occasion to remember.

We are now pleased to announce the results of the annual carnival awards.

 

Saturday

– Main Carnival Parade National Bands:

  1. Pure Elegance Huddersfield
  2. Cultural Roots Derby
  3. Spectrum Preston

– Main Carnival Parade Manchester Bands:

  1. WER1
  2. A Squad
  3. SOCA Explosion & Africa Diversity

Sunday

– The Culturama Stage Parade:

  1. A Squad
  2. SOCA Explosion

 

The parade was judged at the junction between Claremont Road junction and Alexandra Park. Trophies will be presented on Saturday 16th September 2017.

Congratulations to all the award winners, and a big thanks to everybody who took part.

 

 


Caribbean Carnival Information Leaflet 2017

Caribbean Carnival 2017 Information Leaflet

The Caribbean Carnival 2017 information leaflet is out now. The carnival committee would like the carnival to be a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. The information leaflet has been produced with this in mind; therefore, we encourage everyone visiting this year’s carnival to take a look at the information provided.

A copy of the information leaflet has been included below for your convenience. There is also a downloadable PDF version, if you would like to take a copy away.

More information is available on our visitor information page. Please make time to take a look at the information provided. We wish everyone a great carnival.

 
 

Information Leaflet 2017

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Grab Original Information Leaflet PDF

Carnival Leaflet 2017

Click the Adobe PDF logo on the left to download the information leaflet.

 
 

 
 


Manchester Caribbean Carnival J'ouvert 2017

J’ouvert Morning Manchester Carnival 2017

Jump Up, Jump Up, J’ouvert!

Join in J’ouvert Morning at Manchester Carnival 2017. Follow J’ouvert on Facebook.

J’ouvert Marning, Manchester Carnival 2017, Jump up Lash D Pig.   Linking up @ Westwood Street, Manchester, M14.   Jam starts 12th Aug @ 7.45am – 10.00am.

J’ouvert morning returns this year, ready to be the best J’ouvert yet, with two ‘Jump Up, Jump Up’ trailers on the road.

  • Trailer 1 – A combination of DJs
  • Trailer 2 – 1PLUS, live Soca band

J’ouvert starts from 7.45am to 10am. There will be traditional Caribbean cuisine including: Souse, Pig Foot, Rice, Black Pudding, Salt Fish, Johnny Bakes and all your favourite traditional Caribbean punches for refreshment.

 

Want More J’ouvert?

Soca Village J'ouvert 2017

Leeds Soca Village

Hol Dem, N Wuk Dem

£10 Gets you a Bag, Bandana, Horn, Water, Rum T.Shirt and Full English/ West Indian breakfast.   Famalaaay, join in for the 50th!.

 

Organiser, The Soca Village

Made in the Caribbean Events and Facebook

The Soca Village is a product of Made In The Caribbean – a community based organisation developed by residents of the Chapeltown community of Leeds. Its overarching aim is to build social platforms that encourage community integration premised on the shared values of good vibes, from good people. Read more

 

Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.

 

Carnival 2017

 
 


1PLUS Band at J'ouvert

Manchester Carnival 2017 – 1PLUS Soca Band Live at J’ouvert Morning

1PLUS Band @ J’ouvert 2017
Jump, Jump!

Want to know more about UK carnivals? Visit Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network.

1Plus Band

For one morning only, 1PLUS Band will dominate the streets of Manchester with Caribbean Soca sounds. Come and jump around, to genuine Eastern Caribbean music live.

1PLUS Band will be jamming live from 7.45am. Don’t miss any of the set by getting there early.

 

Take a look at the 2017 What’s On page.

 

Carnival 2017

 

 

Small Axe Leeds 201

Small Axe Band Live from St.Kitts!

The Sweetest Band in the world.

1 night in Leeds only… Cannot be missed

Find more information at YWICN.

 
 
 


Black HUDU

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

… a sound for people to meditate to …

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

BLACK HUDU: The word HUDU stems from HUDU, which is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. It is the practice of spirituality which the ancient Africans used to become one with self. As well as being a practice of spirituality, it is a ritual that is said to get rid of bad energies, negative thoughts and frequencies and is used to manifest and heal individuals. It’s an idea that resonated with us; we believe we are here do similar works using the universal language of music as our tool.

The sound we promote and push out into the atmosphere in frequency and vibration is a sound for people to meditate to and be themselves without having to feel self-conscious; one in which people can free their inner self, in a way which feels good, whilst we take them on a musical journey.

Besides that aspect of it, it is a movement that represents the art and the elements of underground music.

Who are BLACK HUDU?

The core personnel of BLACK HUDU are two humble melanated lions. We are also a network that consists of many talented DJ’s, producers, musicians, sound engineers, artists and designers.

What music do BLACK HUDU represent?

If it’s underground, if it feels good, if it’s raw and real, then that’s BLACK HUDU! So you’ll find BLACK HUDU sound can be quite eclectic. We can go from anything from Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rare Grooves, Broken Beats, House, Roots N Culture, Dub & Steppas, to name a few.

How did BLACK HUDU start?

People had heard our sounds out and about at various events and functions and they were asking if we did our own events. So, we knew it was time to put our ideas into action – BLACK HUDU was born!

The first official BLACK HUDU event took place in October 2015. It was born out of the need to hold our own regular events in which we could run with the proper quality control. One in which would enable the DJ or artists’ freedom to express themselves fully and play a deeper selection of music to a discerning music lover on a custom hand built sound system which would allow the full frequencies of these records to be heard to their full potential.

Where have BLACK HUDU played?

Collectively over the last 18 years BLACK HUDUs network have played in venues in and around Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Worcester and London, to name a few.

We have played at Leeds and Manchester Carnival with Irfan (Rainy City Music) and Wayne Mantrax (INNA DEEP). We have had radio shows on stations in Huddersfield and Leeds and have had music played on BBC 1xtra.

In 2016 BLACK HUDU had the opportunity to take our vibe abroad; we played at the Vortex Beach Bar, a popular beach after party at Southport Weekender’s SUNceBeat’ Festival in Croatia. The after party had international DJs playing, such as Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Grant Nelson (Nice ‘N’ Ripe), Sy Sez (Soul Heaven) and Dave Law (Tempo).

In 2016 BLACK HUDU held a series of successful intimate invite only lock-in style jam sessions in CITP, in collaboration with brand owner and artist Benaiah Matheson.