New Black Family Join ‘Shameless’

By Will Astbury

A new black family has been added to the eighth series of Manchester-based drama Shameless.

The show began again in early January 2011, kicking off with a Chatsworth Estate party and not just any party – Frank Gallagher’s stag night. Reliable as usual, Frank, led by his drug-addled brain, disappears which makes for a magical mystery tour as the rest of the cast seek to find him. Admist all the chaos the new family, known as the Powells, appear.

The family is made up of fiery housewife and home-brewer Avril (played by Karen Bryson – who you may know from Bodies), mild-mannered, until he’s had a drink, trainee teacher Jackson (played by Manchester-born Emmanuel Ighodaro) and theirchronically dim-witted but gorgeous teenage daughter Letitia (introducing Kira Martin).

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Indian Association parade for Manc

THE INDIAN Association is taking part in this weekend’s Manchester Day Parade.

Manchester Day is a fantastic new event which celebrates the city’s unique creativity and diversity and the association is making a huge peacock, India’s national bird, to take to the parade.

As well as this the association is working with hundreds of local school children, who will be wearing lily pad costumes and dancing in traditional Bollywood style, to create a giant lotus flower for the event, which takes place on Sunday 20 June 2010.

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Art tackles Chinese web censoring

MANCHESTER’S Chinese Arts Centre plays host to a brand new exhibition which examines the censorship of social-networking websites in China.

Liberation, which was created Carol Yinghua Lu and Liu Ding, looks at the susceptibility of the internet to political and ideological manipulation.

Taking the form of visual art, a series of events, and a blog discussion between curators and guests the exhibit also discusses why self-publishing websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube are banned in the East Asian country.

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Refugees party in Manchester

WITH summer on its way carnival season has hit the North West in the form of Manchester’s Exodus Festival.

A unique celebration of refugee arts and culture the festival, which takes place on 18 July 2010 outside Manchester Town Hall, is a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional music, dance and culture from around the world and exciting cross-cultural collaborations.

Now in its ninth year, Exodus was set up to promote creative activity and social engagement for refugees and asylum seekers and local communities.

“Exodus is about challenging negative representations, supporting the arts and culture of people in exile and promoting cultural cohesion through cultural exchange, and most important creating a voice for refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Manchester,” Exodus coordinator Katherine Rogers told Manchester Mouth.

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Cheryl rejects Will’s advances

CHERYL Cole reportedly turned down an invite to’s after show party in Manchester.

Despite her recent collaboration with the Black Eye Peas frontman on her single ‘3 Words’ the X Factor star was apparently in no mood to revel with the American singer.

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Take Note

MANCHESTER artist TXLW is exploring the idea of moments of madness or clarity in her brand new exhibition.

Note To Self, which is TXLW’s first showing at Chinese Arts Centre (CAC), consists of illustrations and paintings of insane or profound incidents that the artist has created to remind her of specific points in time.

Manchester Mouth
caught up with TXLW, alias Tasha Xhei Li Whittle, to find out how she came up with the idea of Note To Self.

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Rafta Rafta – Octagon, Bolton

MANCHESTER Mouth community reporter Sadia Habib reviews ‘Rafta Rafta’ showing at Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Maybe you missed the popular and successful 2007 run of Rafta Rafta in London.  Luckily it is showing again and this time at a local venue – Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

Rafta Rafta is an adaptation of Bill Naughton’s play ‘All In Good Time’ by Ayub Khan-Din, who wrote the well-known hit ‘East is East’.

Set in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Rafta Rafta explores the life of an immigrant Indian family.

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