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  • The Life and Work of Whit Stennett

    First Cut Media and Performing Arts Presents an evening of Community Celebration.

    Appreciating the Life and Work of Whit Stennett

    Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Trafford Borough.

    Saturday 2nd December 2017
    St John’s Community Centre
    St John’s Road
    Old Trafford
    M16 7GX

    This free event will consist of:
    A documentary screening
    Music and Poetry
    Cultural food and refreshments

    A great opportunity to acknowledge and honour Councillor Whit Stennett for his relentless contributions to sports and community development in Manchester



    Appreciating the Life and Work of Whit Stennett

  • Nana Bonsu Project Exhibition & Community Celebration

    Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Rd, Hulme, M15 5ZA


    The Nana Bonsu Project exhibition will be celebrating the life and work of Manchester’s most celebrated black campaigner Beresford Edwards aka “Nana Bonsu” (1930 – 2003) voted one of the 100 greatest Black Britons.


    Born in Guyana, his contributions and achievements in the UK covered labour and workers rights, community development, young people development, community education and promoting African centred culture and lifestyle. He served as the General Secretary 1967 – 1971 of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination, which led to the passing of the Race Relations Act 1968.

    The exhibition features educational and historical resources, a short play by young people “Wen Wi Com Afa De Boat”, a short film screening of oral history interviews and a presentation of the Nana Bonsu website: http://nanabonsu.com, plus refreshments and cultural entertainment.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support of this project.

    We hope to make this event a high point in the 2014 social calendar of Manchester’s African Caribbean communities and intend the exhibition to work as a meeting point and a platform for ongoing community development in Manchester. 

  • Celebration of the life and work of Beresford Edwards aka “Chief Nana Bonsu”

    Article from the Nubian Times, June 12th 2013:

    Old Trafford-based First Cut Media and Performing Arts Group have been awarded £49,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce an oral history celebrating the life and work of Beresford Edwards – a founding father of Manchester’s African Caribbean community.

    The project will enable 50 young people and volunteers to discover, explore and learn about their history and culture in the UK, specifically from the 1960’s – 2000’s.


    Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will also help them develop skills through training in research, video and audio recording techniques, desk-top digital editing, website development and desk-top publishing. Skills learnt will be valuable skills that young people can use to pursue a career.

    First Cut Media & Performing Arts Group is a registered charity with a long history of working with disadvantaged groups and individuals in order to develop their expressive, creative and technical skills in television, video and drama production.

    Over the past 20 years, the focus has been on providing media training opportunities for the communities of Moss Side, Hulme, Old Trafford and other inner city areas of Manchester.

    Ian Johns, Chair of First Cut, said: “We at First Cut are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will communicate how much British attitudes to racial diversity has changed since the 1960’s and will reflect on how much we all owe to the work of people like Berry Edwards in promoting equal opportunities.”

    Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, commented: “We at the Heritage Lottery Fund are delighted to be supporting this project, run by volunteers, that will empower young people to explore and celebrate the life and work of Beresford Edwards ‘Chief Nana Bonsu’, one of the founding fathers of the African Caribbean community in Manchester.”

    Known variously as Baba Berry, Chief Nana Bonsu (the honorary title conferred on him by African Mancunians), was of huge importance to Britain’s African community, especially in Manchester, which became his home. He died in his native Guyana in 2003.

    The oral history project will highlight his role in initiatives such as the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination, social justice, equal opportunities, and his struggles with racism and discrimination.

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