In May 2015, the rejuvenated Alexandra Park Pavilion, Moss Side played host to a very special performance and exhibition by local residents.  Check out our beautiful film here…

“I used to come here and get ice cream from this very building and it’s very emotional coming in here after it being derelict for all those years, so it’s a joy seeing it like this and seeing the community here again, which we thought was once dead. It’s no longer dead; the community’s alive and kicking.”
(Audience member.  Moss Side)

“It’s good to see people working together to make things happen.”
(CSHT resident, Fallowfield)

Photographic Party Time
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Photographic Party Time was the result of a partnership working with City South Housing Trust (now One Manchester) and a group of Cultural Ambassadors, who formed to promote community participation in cultural activities within their own neighbourhoods.

Working with photographer Amanda Crowther and theatre maker Evie Manning, the project engaged residents and community groups in a series of creative activities including theatre visits, photography sessions, practical theatre making and performance and a photographic exhibition of their work exploring the themes of loneliness and social isolation.

“I know there is one of my neighbours who is lonely and isolated – I am going to go and knock on her door and be a better neighbour.”
(Participant – photography workshop)

The project engaged a total of 83 participants from 10 community groups and the final performance event and subsequent month long exhibition in the newly renovated Alexandra Park Pavilion attracted an audience of around 1500.

The partnership with One Manchester is part of a 3 year programme to develop the role of Cultural Ambassadors using participative arts and cultural engagement to tackle social isolation.