Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch…..Modernity, municipalism and light: 100 years of Blackpool Illuminations
at Manchester City Art Gallery on 21 February at 6.30pm.
Sadly going to see the illuminations is one of the few reasons to visit Blackpool these days. Blackpool Illuminations, the seaside light show which is a unique autumn tourism event, was 100 years old last year. Blackpool has declined as a holiday tourism destination since its heyday between the war and a combination of council budget cuts and the rise of other forms of entertainment has massively affected its popularity. At this event you can watch three short films depicting pre and post-war Blackpool, featuring aspects of the Lancashire coast, holidaying and attractions in Blackpool and, of course, the Illuminations themselves.
Dr Steve Millington from Manchester Metropolitan University will introduce the films from the North West Film Archive. This event is organised by Manchester Modernist Society, North West Film Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University. Its free but booking is essential, book tickets at.
Celebrate………on 7 March…Derby Peoples History Group has invited historian Louise Raw to speak about her fascinating book on the Bryant & May matchwomen’s strike of 1888, Striking a Light . Not just the history of a struggle but a reminder of how women together can collectively improve their lives. To find out more about her book, see
Derby Peoples’ History next organising meeting is 21st February at Friends Meeting House. 7.30
Further info see
Oppose…fracking and find out more about it…..Greater Manchester Anti-Fracking & Climate Activists Meeting – Tuesday 19th Feb, Friends Meeting House, 7.00pm
With companies such as IGas looking to develop CBM extraction as well as fracking for shale gas as early as 2014 within the Greater Manchester area, and Davyhulme Sewage works potentially also to become the site for the processing of billions of gallons of toxic frack waste water from all over the North West, this meeting aims to begin a discussion amongst local anti-fracking and climate activists, as well as other environmental campaigners, on how we might best work together across the city region as well as regionally and nationally to stop it.
This meeting is organised by Wigan Green socialists. For more information see Wigan Green Socialists
Support….Central American Film and Food night on Friday 15th March, 6.30pm, at the Inspire Centre 747 Stockport Road Manchester M19 3AR
Freedom from Torture (FFT) has been working for 25 years to provide medical and psychological support to survivors of torture who arrive in the UK, as well as striving to protect and promote their rights. Since its inception, over 50,000 individuals have been referred for help. Many are referred to FFT’s centre in Manchester, who have come from countries as diverse as Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Turkey, Pakistan, Sudan, Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda. FFT relies on individual donations for about 3/4 of its funding.
Special screening of The Echo of Pain of the Many - a personal story of ‘the disappeared’ in Guatemala. Over four years, Ana Lucia Cuevas traced the involvement of her own government and foreign intelligence services in the abduction, torture and murder of her brother and his family. The film will be followed by a Q+A session with the the Director, Ana Lucia.
Tickets £15 including film and a delicious Guatemalan meal. All proceeds to Freedom from Torture.
To reserve/buy a ticket email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; or text 07739 797027.
Go for a walk…during International Womens Week……
Sunday 3 March, 11.45am Women at Peterloo.
This walk will explore the role of women in the radical movement and
highlight their part in the events of Peterloo on 16 August 1819.
Meet at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street. Please note that it
will include a walk up to Ancoats and back. Fee £6/£5. Advance
booking strongly advised.
Friday 8 March, 10. 45am. Up Then Brave Women; Manchester’s Radical Women.
On International Women’s Day, this walk explore the rich radical
history of Manchester and the role played by women. It will include
the Owenite feminists, the Clarion movement, women journalists on the
Manchester Guardian amd women artists. Meet at the Robert Owen
statue, outside the Co-op Bank, Corporation Street. The walk will
end at Three Minute Theatre on Oldham Street for tea and biscuits.
Fee £6/£5. Advance booking strongly advised.
Sunday 10 March 11.45am Votes For Women
This walk explore the history of the campaign for votes for women from
1868 to 1928 and the role played by Manchester women such as Lydia
Becker, Eva Gore-Booth, Esther Roper, Margaret Ashton and the
Pankhurst family. Meet at the Friends Meeting House, Mount Street.
Advance booking strongly advised.
The walks will be led by Michael Herbert, author of the recent book Up Then Brave Women Manchester’s radical women, 1819-1918.
More information and booking : email@example.com.