Whiz at Celebrate Festival 2014

Whiz workers and young people worked hard at the Celebrate community festival this year, working on the information desk, running the jewellery making stall and selling bracelets on the grounds, cleaning up the grounds, helping out on the cake and tea stall and serving the volunteers food.

Young people raised £23 on the jewellery stall, selling mostly loom bands which are very popular with young people just now.

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Celebrate area map 2014

82 Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0BG

[Written 21 June 2014] The Celebrate Festival is today! 12 noon to 6pm at JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, 82 Cromwell Avenue (near Edgerton Road North and Clarendon Road), Whalley Range M16 0BG.

If you are coming by bus, the 84 and 86 stop quite close; see the map above. It’s a short walk from the Chorlton Metrolink stop too.

Celebrate Festival returns to JNR8 Youth and Community Centre this Saturday!

Poster for Celebrate Festival 2014Now in our 17th year, we are pleased to bring the festival back to its main base at JNR8 Youth and Community Centre. A celebration of creativity and diversity in Whalley Range, the theme this year is ‘ALL AGES’, and we have a wide range of exciting activities, workshops, and performances for children and adults alike.

We have a variety of creative activities including Screen Printing with Upper Space, Upcycling with Stitched Up, Poetry & MCing with Young Identity, sports activities with Youth On Solid Ground, a pool tournament from Cue Ball Crazy, Badge Making, DJing, Jewellery Making, Mosaics, Collage, face painting, a bouncy castle and much more!

On the stage…

12:30 – 12:40 – WHIZ Magic Show
Young magicians from WHIZ won’t be revealing any secrets

12:45 – 12:55 – WHIZ Kickboxing
The WHIZ Thai Kickboxing group will be showing off some of their moves

1.00 – 1.20 – The Mad Donnas
Songs ranging from jazz and swing through to pop from this quartet of local vocalists

1.30 – 1.55 – Phil Reed
Low whistle, bodhrán and flute player Phil Reed returns to the festival

1:55 – 2:10 – Redeyedare
Local acoustic singer songwriter playing original material

2:40 – 3:25 – Martin Connor and The Soul Apostles
Martin Connor is a wonderfully talented vocalist who’s voice lays bare his love for soul, and The Soul Apostles provide the perfect musical bed for it.

3:45 – 4:15 – Raul Caleno
Raul is accompanied byhis backing band of keyboards, drums and flute

4:20 – 4:40 – Young Identity
Following their poetry and MC workshop Young Identity showcase what they’ve been working on

5:10 – 5:30 – Open Voice Choir
Open Voice is a friendly open choir who sing songs from all over the world

5:30 – 6:00 – Raffle!
Tickets available at the entrance gate for an excellent array of prizes!

Mind on Fire DJs and DJ Coops will be keeping the vibes going between the acts….


Raffle prizes 2014

  • The Nip and Tipple, meal voucher
  • Tibetan Kitchen, meal voucher
  • Giri Goro, meal for two
  • Bottle of Whisky
  • Range Reflexology, Reflexology treatment voucher
  • Unicorn Hamper
  • Selection of Rat Pack CDs
  • Bottle of Organic Wine, Magnum of Prosecco
  • Japanese plate




Joe Webster
07886 461 060

Celebrate Festival 2014

Poster for Celebrate Festival 2014Now in its 17th year, CELEBRATE festival returns to JNR8 Youth and Community Centre on
Saturday 21st June. The theme this year is ‘ALL AGES’, and there will be a range of exciting activities, workshops, and performances for children and adults alike.

So come down and get involved in a variety of arts and crafts, listen to some of the best local music and try some delicious local food… and make sure you try your luck with the raffle!

Featuring performances from artists including…

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A variety of workshops including…
Screen Printing, Upcycling, Sewing, Badge Making, Djing, Mcing, Jewellery Making, Mosaics, Collage, Poetry and much, much more!

Saturday 21st June 2014
12pm – 6pm
JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, Cromwell Avenue, Whalley Range, M16 0BG

There is still time to get involved!
If you are interested in performing, running a stall or volunteering, please get in touch with the festival coordinator Joe Webster on 07886461060 – or email joe@mindonfire.co.uk

Activities, workshops, sports and more at Celebrate 2013

Climbing Wall at Celebrate 2010There’s lots of great information sharing and entertainment planned – music and performance of all genres, including:

Open Voice Choir, Angela Smith performance poet (and book launch), Rock Out! Music School, Elaine’s Karaoke, Cafe Assassin, Hare Krishna Chanting, Poppycock, Abdul Khan & the Projections, Lolo Bah – Incorporating Afrique Café Drum Mighty Sea LionsChorlton Players, Thai Boxing Display, DJ-ing, Teacup Theatre, Words and Wiggles, Zumba, Pilates, seated exercise, Bouncy castles, climbing wall, Cueball Crazy, remote controlled car racing, hook-a-duck, fire engine, bee crafts, Bioblitz, Fantastic raffle prizes, delicious international food, pedal powered smoothie maker, cakes, candyfloss, pocket money toys, Mosaic making, face painting, glitter tattoos, Information stalls, Recycling awareness stall, life coaching, health awareness, natural beauty products, natural healthy snacks, handmade jewellery, recycling, Football, tennis, cricket…and probably lots more…

This Saturday at midday on Brantingham Road, Whalley Range.

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 lolobah@hotmail.com


  • 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
info@whalleyrange.org www.whalleyrange.org