26th May What’s On

Friday 27th May


Saturday 28th May

Manchester: City of Queer Hope – A Partisan launch

To celebrate Faith47’s new mural in Manchester in support of LGBT+ rights as part of the CitiesofHope 9 day convention (http://citiesofhope.global/) and the launch party of Partisan’s temporary space, we present an all-day event celebrating queer politics and culture in Manchester.

Featuring a panel discussion on the role of art for queer(ing) politics and activism, a screening of “Screaming Queens: the Riot at Compton’s” and Simpson’s based performance/disco party hosted by Charlotte Davies and Marilyn Misandry of Thirsty Girls.

This will be the opening event for Partisan’s (www.partisancollective.net) temporary space. Partisan is a workers’ co-operative working towards providing permanent space for radical politics, DIY art and culture in Manchester.


2pm-4pm Queer(ing) politics: what role for art and culture?

4pm-5pm – Film screening (+ free popcorn): Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s

5pm-9pm Homerpalooza – A Simpson’s Disco

For one evening, Charlotte Davies and Marilyn Misandry of Thirsty Girls and a host of Manchester’s premier performers bring you “HOMERPALOOZA” an all singing, all dancing tribute to the greatest cartoon on earth! Expect tunes from Tom Jones to 50 Cent, pop up performances, burlesque, drag, costumes and remember “you don’t win friends with salad”. Featuring: Monopoly Phonic, Ivy Profemme, Riley Vrus and Charli.

Tickets: Suggested donation depending on income: £2 / £5 / £10

All proceeds go towards paying performers a fair wage and the establishment of a permanent space for Partisan Collective.
After party at Homoelectric. Tickets here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Hidden/HomoElectric-with-Mr-Ties/12689835/


The event will take place on the 4th Floor of the 3space building on Mount Street. There is step-free access to the ground floor and lift access to the 4th floor.

A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor – we apologise for the lack of accessible toilet facilities on the fourth floor. Toilets on the fourth floor will be gender neutral.

We will have seating for the panel discussion and film screening.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on offer at the event.

If you have any concerns about acessibility please let us know before the event and we will do our best to accommodate!

3Space, Mount Street, M2 3NN (opposite Manchester Central)




Saturday 4th June

Dare to Be Free”: women  in trade unions, past and present publication launch plus performance of Dare to be Free play.

This publication has  two parts: a biography of Mary Quaile, written by Michael Herbert, and ten interviews with women of today  active in trade unions at grass roots level, written by Bernadette Hyland. The common thread is the belief of Mary Quaile,  and her modern-day  sisters,   that trade unionism can make a real difference to the lives of working women  and men.

This event will take place  at Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35 Oldham Street Manchester M1 1JG. It is free. The launch will start at 2pm with speakers followed by  discussion; we are delighted that Sarah Woolley (BFAWU) and  Nilufer Erdem (UNITE), who are amongst the women interviewed for the publication,  will be joining us for the launch.

At  3.30pm there will  be a final performance of “Dare to Be Free,” a play commissioned by the Mary Quaile Club and written by Jane McNultyThe play takes place in the past and present.  It’s 1908 and waitresses in a Manchester cafe are  fed up and ready to strike for proper pay and decent working conditions. It’s 2016 and   workers  in a Manchester  “fast food experience”  are fed up and  ready to strike for proper pay and decent working conditions. Linking the two eras is Mary Quaile, a pioneer of women’s trade unionism in the C20th,  come to help out her modern-day sisters  because the issues she fought on 100 years ago  are back with vengeance…The play premiered at Manchester May Day Festival and has been very well received by audiences. It lasts about 30 minutes.

photo 1We are very pleased to have received donations for the play from the following trade unions: BECTU, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Communication Workers Union, Fire Brigades Union (Region No 5), General Federation of Trade Unions, Bristol branch of NUJ, Calderdale branch of NUJ, Glasgow branch of NUJ, Manchester and Salford branch of NUJ, the Professional Footballers’ Association, Bolton branch of NUT, Bolton branch of UNISON, and UNITE (North West region). We have also received donations from the following individuals: Geoff and Judy Brown, Christopher Eccleston, John Finch, Tony Garnett, Gaynor Lloyd, Rita Machin, Maxine Peake, Sheila Rowbotham, and Margaret Ward.

The publication of the pamphlet has been made possible by grants from the Barry Amel and Norman Melburn Trust and the General Federation of Trade Unions.

Sunday 5th June

Levenshulme Jumble Trail

A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street, communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.
The whole thing is coordinated online at jumbletrail.com providing visitors with a colour coded map to explore the treasure on sale in your neighbourhood.

11.00am-4.00pm in locations across Levenshulme.


Thursday 9th June

Film showing by Manchester Zapatista Collective
‘Together we Defend Our Land’.

The Resistance of the Indigenous people in Mexico against Dispossession.
When communal land is enclosed and natural resources are privatized, social fabrics are destroyed and the environment is devastated. The Zapatista Uprising threw a spanner in the wheels of this dynamic. The struggle continues, and recently the ejido Tila in Chiapas has had to step up their struggle against dispossession and state-sponsored violence.

Contribution: £3 for waged people.

8.00pm Green Fish, 46 – 50 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE


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