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The M20 Collective X-mas no. 1 competition with ALL.fm, is back!

Winter is here and Christmas is coming. As the dark winter evenings set in, we all find ourselves looking for things to do with our time (don’t we?). The festive season can often be repetitive; the annoying same ol’ same ol’ especially when it comes to crimbo tunes. So, we’d like to spark some creativity again this year in the name of original music and community collaboration.

We’re going to push a local X-mas no.1! All you need to do is create an original X-mas song and submit it to us for the chance to sing LIVE on local radio station All.fm. This can be comedic, cynical, jolly or otherwise as long as its to do with christmas. The more unique the better, but we’re also looking to make connections with some really great local talent with this opportunity.

Submissions open 21st November 2016 – so get writing!

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M20 Collective do Chorlton Arts Festival

Three years on wards and we’re still on the scene. Ever growing and meeting local artist and creatives to put fantastic events which showcase the talents Manchester has to offer. Our network is growing and the M20 Collective take over sees the coming together of all kinds of unique sounds and visuals in one place, Dulcimer. Manchester artists from musicians and writers to visual artists and crafts men and women. Free all day with a £4 entry for the evening of live music and soul, funk and 60′s music in to the night!
Find out more below about the acts and artists involved! See you there…
PAREIDOLIA
The line up so far includes contemporary fusion band Pareidolia, a melting pot of original sounds and genre styles from jazzy drum and bass to down-tempo soul grooves.
TANGERINECAT
We’re excited to have Tangerinecat a unique duo whose music combines hurdy-gurdy with electronics, keyboards, whistle, mesmerizing vocals and politically-charged lyrics – with a Ukrainian twist.
 
LYCHEE
Lychee is an 8 piece band fronted by Free Wize Men’s Blind MIC,Layfullstop and Mayo De Zulu, with influences ranging from grime and jungle to jazz and indian folk music all produced by Blind MIC, Red Eye HiFi and new up and coming Manchester producer Khadu. It is their first show ever having adapted a 5 piece live band with the existing material and will feature special guests the other 2 members from Free Wize MenAfro Sam and Kiva/KayBey as well as fellow collaborators Sangy and Ellen Lewis.
GOYCO
Ecuadorian duo of talent; think acoustic psychedelic rock influenced by latin american rhythms
AGBEKO
A high-octane afro-rock-funk-psych spectacular from Manchester. Drawing their inspiration and energy from the golden age of 1970s’ Nigerian, Ghanaian and Ethiopian dancefloors, this 7-piece diet-AGBEKO command a wealth of powerful sing-along originals and unique arrangements of afrobeat and ethiojazz rarities.
FOXTALES
Foxtales are a mostly girl band, made up of four girls, and one boy; Amy (guitar/vocals) Cassie (guitar/vocals) Angela (mandolin/vocals) Briony (bass) and The Scoon (drums). They create a dark psychedelic folk, woven with glittering harmonies that tell stories of lust, love and loss.
SLING
Sling blend Hooker-esque licks, stomping drums and meandering bass lines to create something akin to standing on the edge of blues, staring at krautrock and hiphop at the same time
NATALIE WARDLE from the The Beat Chics . Local visual artist and female selecta, will be spinning grooves into the night!
SHORT STORY WORK SHOP
Join writer, Danielle Jawando for a short story workshop 4.00pm- 5.00pm. The workshop is FREE (although participants are asked to make a small donation.) All money raised will be given to YoungMinds, a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults. You can follow Danielle on: @DanielleJawando she also teaches writing workshops with Creative Writing North West
PLUS… a Laughing Yoga Class in the day to night switch over.
***ARTISTS & CREATIVES EXHIBITING ***
Elnaz Yazdani – Unique Textiles and Jewellery
Ella Blackmore – Handmade Hair Accessories and Vintage
Chan Yan Kim – Urban Photography
Manchester Craft Mafia – Crafts Accessories
Little Beasties – Handmade Headbands
Take a look at the shows we’ve done in the past:

JOIN THE BBC THREE PLAYGROUND

BBC3 and Latimer are looking for you creative lot to get involved with this exciting collaborative project. M20 collective love this idea and are supporting the project by giving our followers the news. The team at Lorimer got in touch so we could spread the word on how to get involved, its your last chance with 48 HOURS TO GO. So read below to find out more and show them what Manchester have to offer!

It’s time to have fun and #JoinThePlayground.

Are you eager to have your voice heard, ideas seen and the chance to get your content commissioned? Then you need to #JoinThePlayground. The Playground is BBC Three and Latimer’s pioneering creative network, set up to help young creatives, all sorts of talents included, develop their work and put it out for the world to see.

In the Playground you’ll be set weekly live briefs based on content broadcast on BBC Three, to which you should respond with complete creative freedom. Upon receipt of your content, you will get weekly feedback from BBC Three and Latimer.

So, whatever your talent may be, we’re looking for it:

Film
Fashion
Comedy
Music
Tech
Design
Content creation
Writing

and everything in between!

If your application is successful, you will gain unprecedented access to a national youth network of brilliant young minds, have the chance to be mentored by industry professionals, and get your voice heard, all whilst co-creating the future of content for BBC Three.

We welcome applications from young people from all social and economic backgrounds, regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation or religion we want to hear from you. So if you think you can rise to the challenge, the gates are now open for YOU to share your ideas and get the feedback and creative mentorship you deserve.

To apply, please send an email with the following:

Name

Age

Gender

Location

Main interests

Ethnicity 

Social media

Contact number

We also require a response to one simple but open-ended phrase:

“I am me because…”

You have creative control over how you respond to the statement above – we want to see videos, photos, print designs, the whole sha-bang. So think big, creative and surprise us!

Send applications to talent@latimergroup.org

You must be between the ages of 16-25 and based in the UK.
Application deadline: 18th December 2015

If you are successful you will be required to attend an exclusive launch event at the BBC in London on Monday 11th January.

Local business news: ManKind Male Grooming

Alex Webb reports on the services provided by local business ManKind Grooming.

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Rachel and James make up the team of Mankind Male Grooming, a Withington-based barbers. This duo have never failed to give me a haircut I have been completely satisfied with as soon as I leave. Whilst you’re sat in their chair every step of your haircut/shave will be explained to you giving you confidence in what the pair are doing. When I was speaking to James he said that he joined the Mankind team because it has a focus on craftsmanship as opposed to getting you in and out as fast as possible. Knowing this, I knew my hair was in safe hands (literally), something that is a god-send when you are looking to change up your style or just update a cut you’ve had for years. Before you start, the upkeep that my style would need is explained which means you are not left with a haircut that requires more effort than you can afford to give.

One of the best things about Mankind is the incredibly reasonable prices, especially their students and over 65 rates which offer 20% off. For students, £13 got you a haircut and a clipper shave/trimming! I have only seen prices this good in discount hairdressers where speed is often the priority, instead of quality. At Mankind you can have a quality haircut in 30 minutes and the damage to your wallet is still minimal!

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Above: Before

What has kept me coming back to Mankind is the lack of pretense that often comes with barbers, I felt comfortable being gay here and just being myself whilst the whole room spoke together. Rachel also made a point to note that she would happily work on girls’ hair that she felt confident cutting, mostly shorter styles. This emphasises the fact that everyone in the barbers is invited to be part of the huge conversation going on meaning that it feels like hanging out with friends more than an appointment. Another thing I loved about the shop was Rachel’s and James’ willingness to accept what they excel in. Rachel excels at blending hair smoothly and creating styles that involve contrasting lengths and textures. With Rachel any style you want will be expertly sculpted around your head shape and hair colour. James is the expert in facial hair out of the two, and when I sat down with him he explained different approaches to shaving which again gave me confidence in what he was doing. I left the barbers with a shave that looked even all over but was in fact 3 different levels, something James has perfected to leave beards looking smooth.

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Above:After

This barbershop is ideal whatever you want, whether you are a student looking for a haircut that is fashionable with minimal upkeep or a full-time worker who needs a quick, enjoyable shave leaving presentable for their workplace. This place is one to watch out for in the new academic year, for any freshers needing a new hairdressers since leaving home – look no further. Rachel and James have you covered in their more than capable hands.

Enquiries: MankindMGenquiries@gmail.com

Website: http://www.Mankindmg.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MankindMG

If you;d like to submit news on the independent business of the M20 area submit an email to: them20press@gmail.com

An Interview with… Zara Khalique

Natalie Proctor chats to founder of positivity-focussed fashion label Keep It Bright! about Manchester, motivation and mind-set

www.keepitbright.co.uk

Living in one of the rainiest cities in the UK, alongside all the other struggles life can throw at you; it can be hard to stay optimistic. How do you remain a sunny person when you only see the sun a few times a year?! Well, Zara Khalique is pioneering a new creative philosophy that inspires us all to Keep it Bright! The fashion line, created by Zara some years ago, has gone from strength to strength, encouraging us all to express ourselves through bold and vibrant fashion.

“I really love Manchester and I love the way everyone feels free to express themselves! I know I always wear whatever I want, and know that I’ll see all kinds of style everywhere I go in the city and I love the variety!”

Zara, who has always been interested in the arts, began the label with relatively little experience. However, Zara candidly admits that she began the business not so much for her love of fashion, but for her want to spread the positive mantra after overcoming her own personal troubles.

“I realised your mind-set changes everything and that one person can help another so much, so that’s what I feel like I have to do!”

It’s certainly an admirable thing to have begun such an endeavour, not only from nothing, but also from a place of difficult circumstance. But, as Zara states, “challenges are a chance to grow”.

The importance of the message behind the movement is one that follows through to other aspects of Zara’s life. She also champions anti-violence/abuse/bullying campaigns (Someone’s Everything), which further underlines the ethical importance of Zara’s work.

Ethics aside, Keep It Bright is full of fabulous fashion. Even without the obvious positive message behind the clothes, they speak for themselves. Zara’s personal favourites, are her “heavily embellished one-off bras and hoodies” which are painstakingly handmade – but definitely worth the effort! Some of Zara’s more casual items also have that individual edge, but are perhaps a little more accessible for everyday wear. Even fashionista Zara admits; “I love a good sweatshirt!”.

One of my personal favourites from Zara’s collection is the simple but gorgeous white cropped sweatshirt, with the trademark inspirational quotation around the collar “choose happiness”. This sort of simple detailing is typical in Zara’s line.

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I also took a look at one of Zara’s stalls which was up in Fallowfield in September, and fell in love with this pink crochet halter. I loved the simplicity of the shape and the muted pink colour, which makes the piece slightly less seasonal specific. Though I must confess, I may be perhaps a little biased on this one, as I own this lovely item now!

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Zara’s work doesn’t stop at clothing. The beautifully crafted accessories are also a great feature of the collection. These detailed make up and clutch bags are stunning, but also extremely good value for money.

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So what does the future have in store for this movement? Despite not being one for planning too far ahead, Zara confesses she would love to see Keep it Bright flourish even more, and become “the place everyone knows to go when they need positivity and a mind-set millions live by!”. Certainly, there is something to be said for the uniqueness of Zara’s movement, given the often harsh and – let’s face it – judgemental world of fashion. From the size 0 models to the undying practice of airbrushing in every image published for public viewing; it is refreshing to see such a positive spin on fashion. Frankly, it seems strange to me that more fashion labels don’t see the problem with this form of negative advertising. Additionally, the connotations of designing for models rather than real women, can mean that fashion becomes less and less accessible to the majority.

This is something Keep It Bright avoids. The collection is forward thinking in that it harnesses the power of expression that fashion can have, and uses it in a positive way. Zara’s clothes are designed with both art and practicality in mind. Fabulous clothes that flatter and carry a strong message should be at the forefront of the industry.

Until, I’m sure, the inevitable day when Keep it Bright is a household name worldwide, it will continue, as Zara always intended, as a source of “positivity, light and motivation when [people] need it most”.

Natalie Proctor

Catch Zara and keep it bright! at the Remake Remodel Vintage & Art Fair at Ruby Lounge on 29 November

Visit the keep it bright! website

Follow keep it bright! on Twitter

M20 Pop-Up @ Antwerp Mansion: a video review

Back in August, M20COLLECTIVE hosted M20 Pop-Up @ Antwerp Mansion, an integrated arts festival celebrating some of the amazing musical, artistic and other creative talent that the collective has had the chance to work with over the last year.

This year, the pop-up was held as a fundraiser to kickstart M20’s forthcoming community projects, including MYCP (M20Collective Youth Creativity Project), and in support of some of the great urban permaculture projects happening around the city, like the Fallowfield Secret Garden Project.

Check out this mini-documentary capturing thoughts and footage of various stallholders, organisers and attendees over the course of the day:

Petition: Bring back Manchester Youth Market

The Manchester Youth Market is a monthly market for 16-21 year old stallholders. Fashion, food, music – you name it, you can sell it. Offering a way onto the business ladder for youth in the city without the usual overheads of market trading (stallholders are exempt from the usual £104 fee you have to pay), the Youth Market is a great space that gives young creatives the city centre exposure and opportunity for self-employment they really need.

So: WHY HAVE THEY DECIDED TO CUT IT?

Holly Marie Saunders has set up a petition to protest the council’s decision to axe the youth market in spite of it’s popularity and the obvious benefits. 

Learn more and sign the petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/842/088/476/bring-manchester-youth-markets-back-to-the-northern-quarterpicadilly-gardens/?taf_id=12529215&cid=fb_na#

M20 Tips – Summer Fashion Trends for Women!

Summer’s here and it’s already scorchin’! Make sure you look as hot as you feel with Natalie Proctor’s ten top tips for sartorial success this summer…

1.  Off the shoulder neck-lines

Off the shoulder tops are a huge part of spring and summer trends, as they offer an easy way to show some skin in an understated way. They flatter every shape and can dress up every outfit.

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via topshop.com

 

 

2.  Chunky sandals

Chunky boots were everywhere this winter and so it’s no surprise that chunky sandals are making an appearance now. They elongate the legs and can add a bit of edge to the simple sundress.

DrMartens via office.co.uk
DrMartens via office.co.uk

 

 

3.  Midi skirts and dresses

Maxi dresses can be difficult to pull off for those of us who aren’t supermodels; the midi is a simple alternative! They are comfortable as well as effortlessly chic, and unlike the maxi they don’t swamp the figure.

via urbanoutfitters.com
via urbanoutfitters.com

 

 

4.  Feathers

Feathers are always prominent during summer trends; in patterns and in accessories. Arts and crafts shops are a great way to create some feathered jewellery that will also be unique to you. Why not even use them in your hair to really channel the bohemian summer look!

via www.featherrayhairextensions.bigcartel.com
via http://www.featherrayhairextensions.bigcartel.com

 

 

5.  Bold prints

A bold print – particularly on summer dresses – is a great way to be a bit more adventurous this summer. Using simple cuts and timeless shapes with daring patterns is a nice compromise for those who don’t want to make too much of a statement.

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6.  Colour clashing

Colour is a huge part of summer trends, the bolder the better! But don’t be afraid to combine some of the more contrasting colours. This is best done with simpler cuts as this avoids overwhelming the frame.

via www.blazehairkingswinford.com
via http://www.blazehairkingswinford.com

 

 

7.  Halter-necks

Halter-necks are not only big this summer because they’re practical, but they look great! They show off the back in a tasteful way and look great with trousers, shorts and skirts.

via www.etsy.com
via http://www.etsy.com

 

8.  Pastels
Light blues and pinks almost always trend in the summer, as they suit most skin tones but also exaggerate your tan. A must for everyone’s wardrobe then!

via www.zara.com
via http://www.zara.com

 

 

9.  Boho shirts

Shirts embellished with embroidery are everywhere this summer. They are practical as well as elegant, and their loose fit makes them perfect for the beach or hot days. Vintage shops have some wonderful pieces like this, for those who want to avoid the high street.

Mango via www.asos.com
Mango via http://www.asos.com

 

 

10.  Slip dresses

The 90’s slip dress is making a comeback in a big way this year, and especially this summer. The simple shape makes them easy to pull off, and needs little accessorizing.

via www.urbanoutfitters.com
via http://www.urbanoutfitters.com

 

 

Fashion for the Frugal

Natalie Proctor takes a walk through Withington and tells us why we should trade ‘high street’ shops for the actual local high street when it’s time for some retail therapy…

You don’t need all the money in the world to get the style you’re after. Fact. Perhaps the easiest way to get great style for a fraction of the price, is hunting through charity shops for all your fashion needs. The problem that I often find with charity shop searching however, has always been their lack of accessibility; with shops dotted all about the place it’s hard to find the energy to source out these hidden gems. However, in Manchester, we have a hidden Oasis of these cheap and cheerful places in Withington and East Didsbury.

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Students in particular, are often unaware that there is life beyond the end of Fallowfield, but if you walk just a few minutes further into Withington you will find plenty for the frugal fashionista. In Withington alone, there are more than six charity shops in a 100m stretch of road, which is perfect for those of us who like convenience. Cancer Research houses an awesome vintage section towards the back of the store, where you can buy both clothes and accessories, and turn off Wilmslow Road and onto Copson Street, and you’ll find multibuy deals galore – like three items of clothing for £3 in Age Concern, or three DVDs for £1 in St. Vincent’s. Additionally, there are some independently run shops that are full to the brim with donations from the local area, but also offer great prices because of this.

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Just ten minutes on the bus will take you to East Didsbury, which is another hot bed for charity shops. A ‘Sue Ryder’ shop towards the end of the high street offering loads of great things for the home as well is great news for students trying to make their house a home on a very tight budget!

Charity shops are a fantastic way of revamping your style for pennies, but they also offer some great quality clothes if you’re prepared to do the rummaging. Who knows, you may stumble upon someone’s designer shoes that were forgotten in time! It also gives the extra benefit of owning clothes that are not being made anymore, so you are sure to be unique.

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Disclaimer: Louboutins not guaranteed!

Let’s not forget though, perhaps the greatest aspect of taking yourself down to the charity shops for a new dress, over going to the big brands – you’re actually doing good. No matter who you are, or how much money you have, it’s hard to avoid the slight pang of guilt when you buy clothes that you really rarely need. But now you can shop guilt free, and maybe even feel pretty good about yourself! So now you can grab a bargain as well as doing your bit.

Note: Charity shops in Withington and East Didsbury are looking for volunteers! If you fancy doing something charitable in your spare time just go along and ask.