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Finding Zion: Critical Mass comes to Hulme

One down, five to go. Single Cell’s Finding Zion festival kicked off in style with Critical Mass‘ visit to Hulme.

Clad in orange, around 150 cyclists deposited their bikes in the Zion’s gallery before enjoying tasty food and a bike-powered sound system. The Spokes bike troupe performed in the theatre and the night was rounded off by a fantastic céilidh.

Finding Zion


Running from 26th February—27th March 2010, Finding Zion is a month long festival of events taking place in and around Zion Arts Centre, curated by Single Cell Collective.

We’ve chosen to stage events that promote the creative talent of Hulme while exploring the politics and culture of this unique area. There’s plenty of opportunities to get involved, whether it’s bringing your bike to the critical mass, siting down for a meal at the People’s Kitchen or taking a walk through Hulme’s psychogeography. The events culminate with Hulme Busking, a day of incredible musical performances throughout Hulme, ending with a special event at Zion Arts Centre.

At some events we ask for a donation rather than charge a ticket price to take into account personal circumstances. All donations go to the running of the events and/or funding future creative activity in Hulme.

Respond’ is Zion Arts Centre’s trilogy of residencies which ask for creative solutions to engaging communities. Finding Zion is Single Cell’s Response during which we aim to open up this resource to the community, bridging the gap between the vibrant creativity of Hulme and this amazing building that lies at its heart.

This programme is about providing opportunities for creative people in Hulme, so if you want to get involved get in touch.

Critical Mass comes to Hulme
18:00—00:00, Friday 26th February
What: Mass bike ride through Manchester followed by party at Zion Arts Centre including The Spokes Bicycle Dance Troupe, Pedal Powered Soundsystem, DJ’s including Sir Robin from Longshot playing reggae and 2 step, amazing bands and delicious food.
Where: Meet at the Central Library at 6pm for the ride and 7pm at Zion Arts Centre for the after-ride party.
Get involved: Bring a bike, wear orange, free bike valet parking at Zion!
Cost: Ride – free. Party – suggested donation £3
Organised by Manchester Critical Mass, I Bike Mcr (www.ibikemcr.org.uk)

Peoples’ History of Hulme
13:00, Sunday 7th March
What: Create a fantasy map and embark on a metaphysical treasure hunt, discovering performers, musicians, and random surprises on this pyschogeographic tour of Hulme exploring politics, regeneration and myth.
Get involved: The Peoples’ History of Hulme is suitable for people of all ages, some gentle walking outdoors is required so dress for the weather.
Where: Meet at 1pm at Kim By the Sea, Old Birley Street M15 5RF
Cost: Free of charge
Organised by the Loiterers Resistance Movement (nowhere-fest.blogspot.com)

For Folks Sake
20:00, Thursday 18th March
What: The very best in live folk music and spoken word featuring Little Red Rabbit’s Anna Kashfi, fresh from the release of their latest album, Survival (www.annakashfi.co.uk) plus performance poet, Mab Jones (www.mabjones.webs.com) plus very special guests.
Where: Theatre space at Zion Arts Centre
Cost: £3 (available on night or in advance from venue)
Organised by For Folks Sake (www.forfolkssake.org.uk)

Workshop 14:00—17:00,  Performance 18:00—20:00, Saturday 20th March
What: An incredible opportunity for MCs, DJs and spoken word artists to collaborate with experimental electronica musicians. An afternoon workshop with music facilitators followed by an evening performance before a select crowd. All ages, all abilities welcome.
Where: Various spaces at Zion Arts Centre
Get involved: All noise-makers, word-shapers, beat-breakers and soundscapers!
Avant-garde electro pioneers come forth! Whatever your skills sign up.
Cost: Free but registration for the workshop is essential: findingzion@singlecell.co.uk
Organised by Single Cell Collective

People’s Kitchen Meal and Hulme Film Night
18:00-23:00, Tuesday 23rd March
What: A delicious communal meal* cooked on site by volunteers from that Hulme institution, People’s Kitchen. Followed by a selection of short films depicting the cultural history of Hulme, exploring issues such as politics, parties, housing and immigration, with guest speakers.
Where: Gallery space at Zion Arts Centre
Get involved: Contact us to book a place at the table: findingzion@singlecell.co.uk
Or get in touch if you have film footage of Hulme you want to share: findingzion@singlecell.co.uk
Cost: Suggested donation £3
Organised by People’s Kitchen of Bentley House TARA, Clearer Channel www.clearerchannel.org and Single Cell
*All dietary requirements catered for on request, food is vegan and where possible organic

Hulme Busking
12:00—19:00, Saturday 27th March
What: Finding Zion culminates with a day when Hulme reveals its true musical creativity. Featuring musical performances in spaces all around Hulme. Look out for some surprise acts in some unusual locations. The day ends with special performances from 6pm-9pm at the Zion Arts Centre.
Where: Meet at midday in Hulme Park outside the Zion Arts Centre. Midday-6pm, various locations tbc around Hulme, 6pm-9pm Zion Arts Centre
Get involved: Get in touch if you are a musician who would like to play or would you like to suggest a location or request a song: findingzion@singlecell.co.uk
Cost Daytime event: free; Evening event: suggested donation £3

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