In Our Words is a 3 year long project funded by The National Lottery focused on engaging young people and community members from around Moss Side and Hulme in creative work that addresses social justice issues.
Each year, we will host 4 projects per year with showcases of the work produced and the types of activities we do. In Our Words seeks to provide creative opportunities for local communities to address subjects that matter to them in partnership with 84YOUTH and Hideaway Youth Project.
Increase community cohesion and a sense of belonging
Increase critical thinking, community leadership and social action
Raise awareness of inequalities
Reduce risk of discrimination, polarisation and hate
Engage the community through outreach and partnership work
Explore through theatre based creative workshops the issues, themes and experiences that most matter and impact our community
Develop community led high quality stories through performances/exhibitions/showcases/workshops that address the issues and experience the community has raised
Share the creative stories with the wider community including decision makers and local leaders (4 showcases/platforms per year; 4 cohorts per year)
Train participants from the project as professional creative facilitators to up skill and creative opportunities
Employ local artists and activists to work alongside the projects; including paid opportunities for those participants who have completed the project training element.
Our current In Our Words project, Voices of Manchester, is in partnership with Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Central Library, with support from MMU researchers, artist Toreh O’Garro and the Race Relations Project. Through working with the Library archives, professional artists, recordings from around the 1981 Moss Side uprisings, and researchers with specialisms around ‘voice,’ we plan on creating a tapestry of raps, spoken word and other performances in order that young people from Manchester can tell the stories of their voices.
Over 5 weeks, we have researched the histories of Moss Side’s multitude of voices through the archives of Manchester Central Library, learning from the man – and women – with an accent van (MMU’s finest academics of local accents and dialects), and producing poems about ourselves with Moss Side’s own home-grown poet Toreh O’Garro. As we near the end of our project, the group are working towards written, recorded and performed stories of their voices, whether through poetry or other forms. We can’t wait to share them on Thurs 16th December, 5:30-7:30pm, at Manchester Central Library. Come join us to hear our voices!
'Arcade days and it pays, selling muffins, looking through old books, and outgrew the puffins, virtually nothings'
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.