Organising Partners

About First Cut Media
First Cut Media is a training and production charity which has a long history of working with disadvantaged people in Manchester, in order to develop their expressive, creative and technical skills in television, video and drama production. Over the years, its focus has been on the communities within Moss Side, Hulme and inner city Manchester, providing media opportunities through education and production projects. First Cut works to raise awareness about black history and culture, for example through media work for the “Education of the Black Child” national conferences in Manchester and through issue based TV and stage productions. Through courses and related projects, approximately 1,000 people have directly benefited from training at First Cut. Many of these people have gone on to further training at local and national HE institutions, or have entered the industry directly. Others have continued to upgrade their skills at the St Wilfrid’s Centre in Hulme. http://www.firstcutmedia.com

About THE PAC45 Foundation
The 70th anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress, 1945 will be commemorated in Manchester in a three day conference from 16-18 October 2015. International Pan African scholars and activists will gather in Manchester to reflect on the historical significance of the 5th PAC. The conference delegates will reflect not only its legacy but will also discuss the future of the Pan African Movement, going forward. An essential part of this conference, unlike previous ones, is to give a role to young people in promoting and sustaining the future of Pan-Africanism world-wide. A Pan African Foundation will be established in Manchester at the end of the conference to carry on the work of the Pan African Movement on an on-going basis. http://www.pac45foundation.com

About The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust
The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about Britain’s ethnic minority communities. We run oral history projects to collect the life stories of Black communities in Manchester, organise events to share Black history and work with schools to make sure the next generation has a positive attitude to diversity in Britain. Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was killed by a fellow-pupil in the playground of a Manchester school in 1986, aged thirteen years. The Trust is named in his memory and works out of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. http://www.racearchive.org.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.  http://www.hlf.org.uk