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Created and Produced by Bianca Danielle and Kelly Morgan

Melanin Markets Manchester

  • Taking over Royal Exchange Theatre
  • 8 May 2022
  • The Great Hall

On Sunday 8th May 2022, Melanin Markets Manchester will take over The Great Hall


Melanin Markets is back and bringing vibrant music, food, drink, art, homeware, clothing and much more, to the Royal Exchange Theatre, in the heart of Manchester City Centre. Join us for a colossal celebration of Black British culture, as Melanin Markets showcases the wonderful range of Black Owned Business’ here in the UK.

Melanin Markets Manchester debuted at Contact Theatre in 2021. After a successful launch, founders Bianca Danielle and Kelly Morgan, are bringing it back, bigger and better than ever.

“We are really excited to have Melanin Markets takeover such a huge, history filled and resilient space as The Great Hall. We created this event to provide a place for EVERYONE to actively support and engage with Black owned businesses and to be able to do this slap bang in the City Centre is monumental” - Bianca Danielle, Melanin Markets co-founder

This event is FREE to attend and inclusive to EVERYONE – no need to book, just turn up!

VENUE: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH

DATE: Sunday 8th May 2022

TIME: 12-5PM

Add the date to your diary and come on down and shop, support and learn about a variety of incredible Black businesses, who cannot wait to meet you.

The organisers behind the event:

Created by Bianca Danielle and Kelly Morgan, two Manchester based, Black female entrepreneurs addressing the lack of diverse representation, inclusion and opportunities for people who look like them within the Business sector.

Last year their December christmas themed event saw 42 Black businesses showcasing their products and services, with over 1000 people attending the event and over £25,000 made in house. This year there will be over 50 vendors, interactivity, live music and performers and so much more!

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Which brands will be there?

There will be 50 wonderful Black led businesses ranging from food and drink, art, clothing for adults and children, to Rum punch, seamoss and health supplements and live massages. There will also be a DJ playing on the day, a live podcast and a chance to get involved in playing a games such as Dominos and Dhalias. To see the full confirmed vendor list head over to Melanin Markets instagram page - @melaninmarketsmcr

Why is this event so important?

Kelly Morgan, Melanin Markets co-founder explains...

"In 2020, Manchester marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, acknowledging the need for change and action in all areas of society. The Black Pound Day initiative plays an extremely important role in creating opportunities for the Black community to gain a stronger standing economically.

Black owned businesses in the UK face a variety of challenges such as underrepresentation, limited access to start-up funds, and barriers accessing wider markets. Recent reports have shown that 88% of Black owned businesses have been self-funded and quite relevant to this figure studies have shown that Black owned businesses are 5 times more likely to be rejected for Loans and Grants. These figures highlight the need for change so that Black businesses are able to imagine, actualise and succeed fairly in the UK.

In alignment with the Black Pound Day movement, which aims to address the economic inequalities and imbalances affecting Black businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK and global diasporic communities – Melanin Markets Manchester celebrates and promotes Black Owned business vibrantly, within unorthodox spaces not usually frequented by the Black community. We want to normalise seeing and spending with Black Businesses."

In the news

Melanin Markets returns to centre stage - The Voice - Read here

Melanin Markets is BACK at The Royal Exchange Theatre - Manchester's Finest - Read here

Melanin Markets Manchester returns this May for huge celebration of black-owned businesses - Manchester Evening News - Read here

BBC Radio Manchester, Simone Riley interviews Melanin Markets - Listen here - 2 hours 31 mins in

BBC Radio Manchester, Karen Gabay interviews Melanin Markets - Listen here - 1 hour 13 mins in

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Have any questions about this event?

Why not drop Bianca and Kelly a DM on Instagram @melaninmarketsmcr or an email melaninmarketsmcr@gmail.com  - they will get back to you.

2021 Melanin Markets Stall Holder said… “This was the most professionally organised market I have attended. It was such a special day to feel appreciated by the public, but also for us to appreciate other businesses and all of their talents. I think we all share some frustration at times with our experiences at other events around the city, but the experience at Melanin Markets was liberating, emotional, a day to be remembered” 

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Great Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATE: Sunday 8th May 2022

    TIME: 12-5PM

    This event is FREE to attend and inclusive to EVERYONE – no need to book, just turn up!

    Melanin Markets Manchester was created to provide a place for EVERYONE to actively support and engage with Black owned businesses.

    COVID GUIDANCE: Full details of the precautions the Royal Exchange Theatre are taking can be found on their Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • Creative Team
  • There will be over 50 vendors attending the day and some of the confirmed ones include a range of tasty food and drink business such as Vegan African Food business Gwafuvegan, Indo-Caribbean fusion brand Soka and Miss Jackson’s Drinks Company who are a heritage brand continuing their families Jamaican heritage with Rum and Sorrel premium spirits. Expect health food vendors selling seamoss, herbs and alkaline water, cultural clothing brands for adults and children, accessories in bright bold African prints, jewellery and homeware representing Black culture such as Educup Yourself who designs mugs with men and women with afro hair and with empowering quotes and statements printed on them... and so much more!

    The full confirmed vendor list is live via @melaninmartketsmcr Instagram page so give them a follow.

  • "Everything was amazing, the atmosphere, the people and definitely the food and music!" - Customer from Melanin Markets 2021 

     

    The vibe was beautiful… the words of encouragement and beautiful smiling faces of both the customers and vendors - Natalie, Vendor from Melanin Markets 2021

     

    "The vibe was great! The energy was high and everyone was looking to spend and network" - Adele, Vendor from Melanin Markets 2021

     

    Loved the atmosphere!! It was nice to chat to consumers and get feedback from the people that follow me on socials. Also meeting some of the other vendors and seeing their amazing products!! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience doing my first market stall. Thanks ladies" - Symone, Vendor from Melanin Markets 2021

     

    “This was the most professionally organised market I have attended. It was such a special day to feel appreciated by the public, but also for us to appreciate other businesses and all of their talents. I think we all share some frustration at times with our experiences at other events around the city, but the experience at Melanin Markets was liberating, emotional, a day to be remembered” - Deanne, Vendor from Melanin Markets 2021

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