Creative projects by Abigail Ward

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Suffragette City 2021

A poster for Suffragette City live stream 2021. It has a a drawn image of clasped hands and a list of DJs. It is purple and yellow.
Artwork by @bevandraws

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12 months on from one of the most magical nights out ever (and for many the last before lockdown!), Suffragette City is back as a streamed 12-hour event on Saturday March 6th live from The Refuge, Manchester and The Carlton Club, Whalley Range, both powered by Club Solo and Manchester Union Lager.

The aim is to charge you all up with the same positivity, solidarity and sheer daftness that we have always conjured on our dance-floors all whilst raising money for Saheli Asian Women’s Project, The Proud Trust’s Femolition Squad, Emmeline’s Pantry and Stockport Without Abuse. We want to show our support for these important groups who need our dollar more than ever at this difficult time.

As always, we are bringing you the best DJ talent in Manchester with a carefully crafted line-up of expert party starters playing discerning bangers across the genres.

The Refuge
12:00 – 13:00: P-Ro Jones (Lovescene)
13:00 – 14:00: Jenna G
14:00 – 15:00: Philippa Jarman
15:00 – 16:00: BB (Supernature)
16:00 – 17:00: Mix-Stress

The Carlton Club
17:00 – 17:45: Abs Ward
17:45 – 18:30: Julie Wills
18:30 – 19:15: Kath McDermott
19:15 – 20:00: Ladybeige
20:00 – 21:00: Paulette
21:00 – 22:00: Danielle Moore
22:00 – 23:00: Afrodeutsche
23:00 – midnight: aalice

Saheli Asian Women’s Project

Saheli Asian Women’s Project provides advice, information and support services to Asian women and their children fleeing domestic abuse and/or forced marriages.

The Proud Trust’s Femolition Squad

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. We are supporting Femolition Squad, a group for trans feminine young people.

Emmeline’s Pantry – a foodbank with a difference

Emmeline’s Pantry is entirely volunteer led by a dedicated group of women and supporters who started out in a hallway providing clothes to women. Five years on, the foodbank now provides food, clothes, toiletries and baby items to women in need and their families.

Stockport Without Abuse

SWA is a local charity offering a range of services to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse.

Suffragette City 2020

Suffragette City 2019. Photo: Claire Angel

Saturday March 7th sees the return of Suffragette City – the women-led all-day music event at The Refuge, which raises money for Greater Manchester women’s charities.

At a time when refuges are suffering deep cuts and many women’s groups have to rely on self-organisation to fundraise, coming together to make a difference is more important than ever.

Last year the event raised over £3k and we hope to smash that record and enjoy coming together in the same atmosphere of love, defiance and celebration.

BUY TICKETS HERE.

Curated by Rina Ladybeige (The Social Service), Chris Massey (Electriks/Sprechen), Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive) and Kath McDermott (BBC 6 Music), the day and night event will feature the usual array of female DJ talent playing cross-genre party music for discerning dancers.

PUBLIC BAR (Free) 2pm-1am

Abigail Ward
Andrea Trout
Paulette
Mix-Stress (Rebecca Never Becky)
BB (Supernature Disco)
Zoë & Leila (LIINES)
Reeshy vs Rinny
Soo Wilkinson
Alison Bell
Justine Alderman (Across The Tracks)

BASEMENT (£5 tickets) 10pm-3am

Philippa Jarman
(Homo Electric)
Disco Mums
Ladybeige (The Social Service)
Kim Lana

Artwork is by celebrated Manchester designer Stan Chow.

A limited run of t-shirts and posters featuring Stan’s artwork will be sold to raise money. T-shirts are by Applique Apparel.

The public bar will be free to enter and the basement club night will be ticketed, with all proceeds going to:

Women Asylum Seekers Together in Greater Manchester (WAST)
Emmeline’s Pantry
Keeping out Girls Safe (KOGS)
Contact Hostel

#SuffragetteCity2020

Cheque delivered to Women Asylum Seekers Together. Photo: Rina Ladybeige

The Lapsed Clubber Podcast: Recording the memories of Manchester’s original rave community

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is an online platform that allows members of Manchester’s original acid house community to share their spoken word memories of clubbing and its culture during the ‘first decade’ of rave, 1985-1995.

This podcast is a conversation between the project leaders Beate Peter and Abigail Ward, interspersed with memories from anonymous clubbers and tunes from the era. Beate and Abigail also discuss their own (occasionally tragic) early clubbing experiences in Berlin and Preston, Lancs, respectively.

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is a crowd-sourced digital heritage project led by Manchester Digital Music Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Suffragette City raises £3k for women’s charities

Suffragette City 2019 – the basement. Photo: Rina Ladybeige

It was a real joy to co-curate and DJ at second Suffragette City event at The Refuge. What a riot! It was rammed all day and night, upstairs and down, illustrating just how much appetite there is for women-led DJ events. I really enjoyed playing in the bar early on. Here’s a mix of my tunes.

The idea for the event started when Manchester Digital Music Archive put on a photographic exhibition at The Refuge celebrating women across all aspects of Manchester music. To close that show, we put on an all-women DJ party with help from Electriks and The Social Service, and it was a huge success. We raised a few quid for Women’s Aid and MDMArchive while we were at it.

Suffragette City 2019. Photo: Clare Angel

This year, we wanted to raise more, and so The Social Service team produced a set of specially designed t-shirts to sell, and these alone raised £965 for the Women’s Asylum Seeker’s Trust in Manchester. We raised a further £2k on the door of the basement party, which featured DJs Kath McDermott (BBC 6 Music), Kim Lana, Rina Ladybeige (The Social Service) and Danielle Moore (Crazy P).

We hope to make this an annual party! Thanks to everyone who supported, donated, promoted, danced, deejayed and wore a t-shirt.

DJ Emma Joyce. Photo: Clare Angel

Suffragette City, The Sequel

Building on the success of Manchester Digital Music Archive’s Suffragette City party last year, The Refuge will play host to a second women-focused two-floor event on Saturday 9 March 2019 to raise money for Women’s Aid and related groups.

Curated by Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive), Rina Ladybeige (Social Service), Kath McDermott (BBC Radio 6 Music) and Chris Massey (Electriks), the party will boast a line-up of upcoming and established female artists playing multi-genre party starters in the Public Bar and the Basement.

PUBLIC BAR: 2PM TO 1AM

Free – no ticket required!
2-3pm: Paulette
3-4pm: Alex Zaklewska
4-5pm: SNO (Nongi Oliphant)
5-7pm: Abigail Ward
7-8pm: Denise Johnson (ACR)
8-9pm: Kirby
9-10pm BB (Supernature)
10-11pm: Emma Joyce (Disco Mums)
11-1am: Reeshy

REFUGE BASEMENT: 10PM TO 4AM

Hosted by The Social Service, £5 donation on the door for Women’s Aid
10-11pm: Kath McDermott
11pm-12am: Julie Wills
12-1am: Ladybeige
1-3am: Danielle Moore (Crazy P)
3-4am: Kim Lana

Abigail Ward said, ‘we want to build on the phenomenal success of last year’s Suffragette City party by putting together a fresh line-up of incredible female DJ talent whilst raising awareness of the barriers women can face in the music industry. We are fundraising for Women’s Aid, because we are keenly aware of the dwindling number of women’s refuges in the UK.’

Northern Carnival against the Nazis: 40th Anniversary evaluation report

This document presents the evaluation of the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis: 40th Anniversary Exhibition project, delivered by Abigail Ward for Manchester Digital Music Archive with the support from Heritage Lottery Fund.

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 that it became cool to be anti-racist’, the Carnival galvanised Manchester against racist groups including the National Front, with a rally of 15,000 people marching all the way from Strangeways to Alexandra Park joining a further 25,000 for an afternoon of music, dancing and unity.

Co-organised by the Anti Nazi League and Rock Against Racism, 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’s Exodus and China Street from Lancaster.

Our project comprised a physical exhibition held Mon 3 September to Sat 22 September at NIAMOS, Chichester Road, Hulme; a digital community exhibition; and two large launch events.

 

John Sturrock © 1978 The crowd at the rally before the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis
Exhibition launch night at NIAMOS
Carnival attendee MC Kwasi Asante and friend at the launch

We Are Dynamite! exhibition is open now at Niamos

John Sturrock © 1978 Hulme Tenants: Black and White Unite and Fight

Mon 3 September – Saturday 22 September 2018
MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS
10am-7pm
Niamos (former Nia Centre)
Chichester Road
Manchester
M15 5UP

*FREE*

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: info@mdmarchive.co.uk

Please note: this is a community project in a volunteer-run venue.

We Are Dynamite exhibition launch. Photos: Aidan O’Rourke

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: info@mdmarchive.co.uk

Photo: John Sturrock © The rally before Northern Carnival, 1978

Twitter:

#NorthernCarnival1978
@MDMArchive

Supported by by Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Supported by Futura

Futura are the north’s leading Rec2Rec headhunting specialists. Established in 2001, they provide experienced recruitment professionals to the very best recruitment agencies in the country.

Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone

‘Fleshback: Queer Raving in Manchester’s Twilight Zone’ is a Boiler Room and British Council film uncovering stories from Manchester’s LGBT+ clubbing scene.

In the early 90s, Manchester’s queer scene was blown wide open by the Hacienda’s seminal queer party, Flesh and its progenitor Number 1 Club on Central Street. Aided, or some would say ruined, by hit TV show Queer as Folk, the scene entered the national mainstream a few years later.

The film explores this history while revealing all about those carrying the torch of alternative rave culture in the new era, featuring collectives such as Homo Electric, Meat Free, Body Horror, and High Hoops. Each has a different approach and musical feel, drawing in different crowds, yet sharing the same vision. The film uses archive footage to highlight the continuum between Flesh and the parties that are happening today outside of Manchester’s city centre.

The release of the film marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 28. Section 28 was the last piece of homophobic law in the UK. It stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work. Section 28 was enforced in 1988 before it was repealed in Scotland in 2000 and then 2003 in the rest of the UK.

Steffi, DJ and promoter for Meat Free in Manchester, says, “People are very honest up North, and big movements don’t always wash with the Northerners. We’re not about branding or excluding people. Sexual identity is not at the forefront of our parties.”

Directed by Stephen Isaac-Wilson and produced by Anais Brémond.

We Are Dynamite! Exhibition Opening

Steel Pulse at the Northern Carnival © John Sturrock 1978

Steel Pulse at the Northern Carnival © John Sturrock 1978

Mon 3 September 2018
18:30 – 20:00
Niamos (former Nia Centre)
Chichester Road
Manchester
M15 5UP

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE

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 – 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.

Join us for drinks and conversation from 6.30pm.

Special guests: Honey and Patrick from Exodus.

The exhibition will run from Mon Sep 3rd-Sat Sep 22nd 10am-7pm and is FREE.

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: info@mdmarchive.co.uk

IMAGE: Steel Pulse at the Carnival (L-R) Basil Gabbidon and David Hinds © John Sturrock, 1978

Twitter:
#NorthernCarnival1978
@MDMArchive

BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE

Supported by by Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Supported by Futura

Futura are the north’s leading Rec2Rec headhunting specialists. Established in 2001, they provide experienced recruitment professionals to the very best recruitment agencies in the country.

 

Northern Carnival Against the Nazis: 40th Anniversary project launch

black-kid-with-bubblegum-at-Strangeways

Marchers at Strangeways © John Sturrock 1978

The Northern Carnival against the Nazisa 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. The 15,000 people who marched across town and the 40,000 people who danced in Alexandra Park that day didn’t just make racism no longer respectable. They made it uncool.

Co-organised by Geoff Brown (the Anti-Nazi League) and Bernie Wilcox (Rock Against Racism), the Carnival featured incendiary live performances by Buzzcocks, Steel Pulse and Moss Side reggae band Exodus. They were joined by post-punk bands Gang of Four, Frantic Elevators and others, who played on trucks to accompany the marchers.

To celebrate this pivotal moment in Manchester’s fight against racism, Manchester Digital Music Archive and the Ahmed Iqbal Race Relations Resource Centre have brought together the original organisers of the Carnival for a panel discussion and all-day event exploring its impact and continuing relevance today.

This event will also be the official launch of our Heritage Lottery-funded project and exhibition celebrating the Carnival.

12.00 FILMS

A series of historical films introduced by Geoff Brown

Rock Against Racism: Nazis Are No Fun
Who Shot The Sheriff?
Leeds Rock Against Racism

13.45 BREAK

14.00 SPEAKER: Jaheda Choudhury-Potter & Ajah UK

14.15 FILM: A brand new short film on the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis, 1978

14.30 PANEL DISCUSSION

15.45 SHARING MEMORIES

Recording memories  – share your memories of the Carnival with our project volunteers

PANEL

RAMILA PATEL (Bolton Asian Youth Movement)

On July 15th 1978, Ramila Patel of Bolton Asian Youth Movement addressed a crowd of 15,000 anti-racism protesters that had amassed in the car park of Strangeways prison to march across town to Alexandra Park in Moss Side – the main site of the Northern Carinval Against the Nazis. Ramila was asked to give the address by Anti-Nazi League organiser Geoff Brown, following her brave stance against National Front leader Martin Webster at a previous demo, in which she marched alone in defiance of Webster holding a placard saying ‘This man is a Nazi’. Ramila is now Head of Visual Arts at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa.

BERNIE WILCOX (Rock Against Racism)

Bernie Wilcox was the original organiser of Rock Against Racism in Manchester and was, with Geoff Brown of the Anti Nazi League, one of the instigators and prime movers behind the Northern Carnival Against The Nazis in 1978. Bernie has since forged a successful business career owning specialist recruitment businesses. Anti-racism, socialism and music are still close to his heart.

GEOFF BROWN (Anti-Nazi League)

Geoff became a revolutionary socialist at university in 1968, active in the campaign against the US war in Vietnam. His first arrest was for chalking slogans on his college wall, his second for obstructing a police officer at an anti-National Front protest. Joining the International Socialists (from 1977 the Socialist Workers Party) he moved to Manchester in 1972. When the Anti Nazi League was founded in late 1977 he became its Manchester organiser, helping saturate the city with leaflets, badges and protests and getting fifty coaches and minibuses, about 2,500 people, to the first Anti Nazi League/Rock Against Racism carnival in London in April 1978. Geoff went on to be a union tutor, working with shop stewards and on projects abroad, particularly in Pakistan. He was union branch secretary till he was victimised for his trade union activity, after which he was a part time official for his union, finishing in 2015. He is now active as a historian of Manchester ‘from below’.

Chaired by ABIGAIL WARD (Manchester Digital Music Archive)

Supported by by Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Supported by Futura

Futura are the north’s leading Rec2Rec headhunting specialists. Established in 2001, they provide experienced recruitment professionals to the very best recruitment agencies in the country.


Photo: Front row action at Alexandra Park, 1978 © John Sturrock

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