Why Blonde Roots should be on your reading list

Bernadine Evaristo, Anglo-Nigerian novelist, poet and activist, won the Booker award in 2019 for Girl, Woman Other; an eye-opening novel which explores the life experiences of Black British women in contemporary Britain.  Evaristo is the first Black female author to top the fiction chart in the UK and campaigns for greater BAME recognition in UK…

Belfast’s Colonial History

The current Northern Irish History Curriculum is dominated by Europe and Ireland in the twentieth century.  In a country where bitterness and division are close to the surface, there is often difficulty to see beyond the atrocities of our own recent past.  British Colonial History is overlooked, and seemed justifiable up until now. The killing…

Power of Memory

Friday 8th May 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  A day to commemorate Victory in Europe – the end of the Second World War.   Friday’s news coverage flickered between the black and white footage of street parties of 1945, to the colourful and socially distanced gatherings of 2020.  We dressed in red, white…

Trippy visions or ceremonial practice?

When tobacco was first discovered by European voyagers in the sixteenth century, it provoked moral outrage at the prospect of a diabolic herb perforating its way into European society.  It was used in Mesoamerican cultures for medicinal and spiritual benefits.  As the tobacco plant was hotly debated amongst Europeans, its slow incorporation into western value…

The Story behind The Warehouse Project

Established in 2006, The Warehouse Project’s founders Sacha Lord-Marchionne and Sam Kandel set out to create a unique event that was “more than any normal club night.”  Influenced by acid house events, and a desire to continue Sankeys and Haçienda’s legacy in Manchester, this article is an exploration of WHP philosophy, its aesthetics and how…