Mon 3 September – Saturday 22 September 2018
Niamos, Chichester Road, Manchester
The Northern Carnival against the Nazis, a rally and concert held on 15 July 1978 in Moss Side, Manchester, was a defining moment in establishing anti-racism in the city and beyond.
Dubbed ‘the day it became cool to be anti-racist’, the Carnival galvanised North West communities against racist groups, including the National Front. A rally of 15,000 people marched all the way from Strangeways prison to Alexandra Park joining a further 25,000 for an afternoon of music, dancing and unity.
Co-organised by Geoff Brown of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL) and Bernie Wilcox of Rock Against Racism (RAR), the Carnival featured incendiary live performances by pop-punk superstars Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse, the UK’s leading reggae band of the period. Support came from Moss Side reggae band Exodus (later X-O-Dus) and China Street from Lancaster, who had released a single on EMI called ‘Rock Against Racism’.
We Are Dynamite! – an exhibition of unseen photos and ephemera curated by Abigail Ward – aims to highlight the passion and excitement of the day whilst inspiring visitors to reflect upon a new era of challenge for people opposing messages of racism and division across the world.
The exhibition will run from:
Mon Sep 3rd-Sat Sep 22nd (Mondays to Saturdays) 10am-7pm and is FREE.
To book a guided tour email: email@example.com
Please note: this is a community project in a volunteer-run venue.
Our project volunteers would like to speak to anyone who attended the march or Carnival. We are looking to capture memories, images and footage for our permanent digital exhibition. If you can help, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: John Sturrock © The rally before Northern Carnival, 1978
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