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We are all ingredients… CYCM 14.09.2013

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There are many things Manchester can be proud of; things that cause other cities to cast an envious glance at and subsequently turn a nasty looking, deep shade of green. The latest is being revealed as western Europe’s most linguistically diverse city, with over 200 languages spoken, and this Saturday, in keeping with FCUM’s ‘People United Day’ we celebrate this richer than rich diversity with a CYCM-cavalcade of multi-culturism.

First up we have long time friend of CYCM Bernard Kelly (of Jilted John fame) giving us a shufty at some of his latest art, which takes in footballers and issues of race. He may even throw a couple of songs in if you ask nicely and be on your best behaviour.

He's no moron

He’s no moron

Following this, Unite Against Fascism will be along to talk about the need to be vigilant against the ever present threat of fascism, and to discuss the ‘Griffin Must Go Campaign’.

We’ll also see how smart you think you are by once again playing ‘Taking You Round the Corner’. Will it be a case of Chorley cakes or Chorley fakes? If you’ve got the chutzpah to answer, put your money where your mouth is. Or preferably into our coffers to get us a step closer to our own ground.

chorley cake

As if all this wasn’t enough, there’s also the usual veggie hotdogs and pizza courtesy of Mr. Noodle, wimberry charlottes, tater ‘ash and cheese and onion pies courtesy of Westwells, and cakes courtesy of Colwyn Bay’s number one family bakery. Oh and drinks, both alcoholic and non. But you already knew that.

Doors open from 12, and the usual rules of members plus one guest apply. Come and celebrate love and unity in a way only Manchester can. Just try to ignore the fact we’ll be doing it in Bury.

This is what will be happening around People United Day, elsewhere:

FC United’s People United Day and contribution towards Black History Month sees Colin Yates, acclaimed artist, bringing his ‘Black Looks’ Exhibition to this Saturday’s home game against Chorley.

There will be a workshop attended by three youth groups from across Greater Manchester along with an exhibition open to all supporters in the smaller room in the Social Club on Gigg Lane.

Colin’s work has seen him become Artist in Residence for Leicester City Football Club, and he has been granted several arts awards, including a Creative Ambitions Award for a long-term project portraying the icons David Beckham and George Best.

The project also marks the rise of the position of the professional footballer within society.

’Black Looks’ traces over a century of professional Black and Asian footballers in Britain through a series of portraits. It has also been shown in a number of prestigious solo exhibitions around the UK as well as the European Parliament in Brussels.

Colin has been a passionate football fan all his life and has supported Manchester United for well over 40 years.

Furthermore, Unite’s Manchester Co-operative Branch are kindly sponsoring Saturday’s matchday programme and People United Day activities.

Branch organiser and FC member, Dave Williams, told the club: ” Unite’s mission is to organise people to strive for a society that places equality, dignity and respect above all else. Our union recognises that we can only achieve this if we bring people together from all walks of life.

“In this era, too many people in our country are being pushed to the margins of society. They deserve to be heard; they too deserve the support to organise collectively. It is with this in mind that Unite has founded its community membership scheme, open to all, including those not in employment.

“FC United supporters, more than most, appreciate that like minded people, coming together with a common aim have real power, the power to change things for the better. That’s why we at Unite are proud to support the club and wish you all the best for your People United Day.”

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