Lolo Bah – Incorporating Afrique Café Drum

In addition to the Celebrate programme and adverts, we would like to introduce you to

Lolo Bah PosterLolo Bah! Incorporating Afrique Café Drum

A great star is rising in the North West and in its trail the talents of some of the most illustrious West African artists are combining to bring the power, emotion and exhilarations of centuries old, yet timelessly thrilling music and dance traditions of the region to the stages of the UK.


Contact us on 07447 522630 / 07703 730333 / 07986 195784 or email us


  • Weekly Dance Class with Louis Pierre
  • Weekly Drum classes with Sidiki / Lamine
  • Monthly Afrique Café Drum

All classes will take place at SOL House 117 Fairlfield Street Manchester M1 2WG – 
just down the road from Piccadilly Station. Plenty of free parking!
Look out on our Facebook page for further details of classes and events!


LOLO BAH! – offers competitive rates for family, community or educational events and a very special way to mark any occasion. Make yours a truly unique and spectacular event with world class performances from an innovative and memorable new company who can transform your day, your wedding, celebration or corporate function and have your guests dancing all the way home!

Performers at Celebrate 2013

The line ups for the three stages at this year’s Celebrate Festival are complete!

EXR logoEXR Main stage


Songsmith Solar logoSongsmith Solar stage

  • 12.40 Hare Krishna –chanting & sketches
  • 1.10 Phil Reed –Irish trad tunes with live digital loops
  • 1.40 Chorlton Players –improvised street theatre and sketches
  • 2.10 Tantrick –plays an edgy mixture of tunes from himself and others
  • 2.40 Angela Smith –midly eccentric, politcal and comical poet
  • 3.10 Abdul Khan & the Projections –spiritual, indie, lyrical, ukulele-led fusion
  • 3.40 Boz Hayward –thoughtfully crafted tunes with a dark underbelly
  • 4.10 Jazzy Bones and the Misadventure –guy from a small country with big ambitions, one voice, 10 digits and a guitar
  • 4.40 Quincey May Brown –intriguing vocals set over gorgeous harp


Whiz logoWhiz stage

Whiz Youth Project presents in-house DJ Gershom Leach who will be offering a range of music from hip hop and R’n’B to old school soul classics that everybody can enjoy so bring your dancing shoes and be prepared to shake a leg, and even spit some lyrics if you’re brave enough!

Stalls for Celebrate Community Festival: Information/Community Groups/Health & wellbeing

Stalls at Celebrate FestivalA key aspect of our Whalley Range Community Festival is information sharing (as well as fun!) and our annual event can attract up to 4000 visitors.

In the absence of a central community centre or library in Whalley Range, Celebrate is a fantastic opportunity to share relevant local information and news.

Our dedicated information/health & wellbeing marquee gives residents access to local news and initiatives – and the opportunity to participate in a range of alternative therapies and to find out more about holistic practices provided by local practitioners.

If you are a local professional practitioner and would like to provide a complimentary/low cost taster session – or a local community group who would like to host a stall to promote what you do – please get in touch.

Stalls are £15 – or free of charge for community groups.
Please pass on to any of your contacts who may be interested.

Kind regards,
Whalley Range Community Forum
JNR8 Youth and Community Centre
82 Cromwell Avenue
Whalley Range M16 0BG

0161 881 3744
07751 666150

Whalley Range ‘Celebrate’ Community Festival Saturday 22nd June 2013 12 – 6 p.m.

Celebrate 2013 Poster

Poster for Celebrate Festival Saturday 22 June 2013

We are looking for local residents, community groups and businesses to get involved by hosting a stall, showcasing music or a performance, providing an activity, volunteering on the day or giving a donation. Or simply come along to the event to find out what’s happening locally, support local talent – try out some health taster session, eat delicious international food and  participate in some great activities.

Whalley Range ‘Celebrate’ Community Festival Saturday 22nd June 2013 12 – 6 p.m.

St Margaret’s Social Centre, Brantingham Road, M21 0TT

We will be celebrating our 16th Festival this year on Saturday June 22nd…

You can expect the usual high standard of entertainment and activities – including live music of all genres, dance, performance, art & craft workshops and international food and drink to cater for all tastes and cultures.

There will be plenty of stalls providing information on a range of subjects including sustainability, health and wellbeing and lots of other services relevant to our community.

We will be launching the ‘Age friendly’ Whalley Range initiative in partnership with the Manchester City Council’s Valuing Older People team – featuring a dedicated festival area and marquee with information about training and volunteering opportunities and intergenerational activities.

This will be a great opportunity for residents to put forward their own ideas about how Whalley Range can become a more age friendly community.

Our free and accessible festival is the annual showcase for Whalley Range achievement.

Come along on June 22nd and watch some spectacular displays and performances, listen to live music from local musicians, try out some of our festival delights; free arts and crafts, make a badge, watch some spectacular displays and performances, listen to live music from local musicians, create a collage, eat delicious food, sing and dance – or jump on a bouncy castle.

There’ll be  something for everyone!

There will be a rich variety of stalls from local traders selling beautiful jewellery, clothes, plants, books, toys, cakes, international food stalls and more – and a chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes donated by local shops and businesses.

Visit the Health & Wellbeing marquee for lots of health-related information – and a chance to try out some alternative health techniques and therapies.

Whalley Range Community Forum and Whalley Range Action for Health & Sustainable Living will provide information on current and future plans and ideas for Whalley Range, e.g. eco work with schools, making links with local allotments, growing food, greening Alleys and sharing ideas about trying to live more sustainably.

Our Festival is entirely run by volunteers from the community, members of Whalley Range Community Forum, Whalley Range Youth Opportunities Association, Whalley Range Action for Health and Sustainable Living and other groups from our base at JNR8 Youth & Community Centre.

The festival is made possible by grants and donations from local businesses, Awards for All, Manchester City Council, social housing groups in the area and fundraising by our volunteers through raffles etc..

The Whalley Range Celebrate festival is about bringing the community together to celebrate our diversity and achievements, to provide access to services – and to share information about what’s happening in and around the area.

Come along and get involved: meet new people, join a group, find out about local activities – there’s a lot going on!

If anyone is interested in getting involved in this year’s Festival – as a Volunteer, a Performer, to host a Stall or to share Health information/taster sessions in the Health & Wellbeing marquee – or to advertise in our programme or donate a raffle prize, call Chris on 881 3744

or pop in to JNR8 Youth & Community Centre,
82 Cromwell Avenue,
Whalley Range
Manchester M16 0BG

Generating Opportunities (job classes)

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Generating Opportunities poster, Tuesdays 2-4pm

Do you live in the Whalley Range Area?
Are you looking for work or thinking of changing your job?
Would you like to find out about Volunteering opportunities?

Why not sign up for our classes at the
JNR8 Youth & Community Centre
82 Cromwell Avenue, M16 0BG
every Tuesday from 2 – 4pm.

Our new courses can help you to:

  • Prepare for interviews
  • Update your CV
  • Get help to search for jobs
  • Search online
  • Find Volunteering opportunities

And much more!

Call Chris/Alison on 0161 881 3744 for more information

Whalley Range Community Forum: Working Towards an Age-Friendly Whalley Range

Work Club – ages 16 to 25

Work Club flyer April 2013

Work Club flyer April 2013

Whiz Youth Project Work Club

Promoting Employability and Community Involvement

Are you age 16-25yrs and looking for help getting into work?

Come along and get involved in our group workshops and one to one sessions, where you can get support and guidance on any employment issues, including:

  • CV Writing
  • Job Search and Applications
  • Interview Preparation

Pre launch/Enrolment date – Tuesday 16th April
LAUNCH – Tuesday 23rd April
4:00pm – 6:00pm every Tuesday thereafter

82 Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 0BG
For more details contact Alison on 0161 881 3744