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22 October - 13 November
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This is Carnival!

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

The ‘We are Carnival!’ takeover of Central Library will run in the Performance space at Manchester’s Central Library between 2-7pm on Thursday 27th October 2022.

The ‘Carnival Study Resources’ will be launched at this event and will be an open access resource available online through the AIU RACE Centre website at

There will be a DJ, family craft session and performances from spoken word collective Young Identity.

What’s it about?

At the AIU RACE Centre, we want to make Black, Asian and minority Ethnic history, heritage and culture more visible. Historical accounts from communities using their own words are not equally represented in the public record and we want to address this to help engage, inform and educate all audiences, centring our collections whenever possible. Focusing on the theme of ‘Carnival’, we will be using parts of our local collections to create a set of resources that can be used by teachers, students and community groups to learn more about the history of carnival in Manchester.

The Carnival Study Resources will be launched at the AIU RACE Centre and Education Trust central library takeover event, ‘We are Carnival!’ The Carnival Study Resources (called ‘This is Carnival!’) will include photos, stories and information about the history of carnival in Manchester, looking at the colour and the joy of carnivals alongside the challenges in getting the space to hold them and the policing of these events.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Claire Fox, University of Manchester

Open to


Of particular interest to

The event and resources will be aimed at slightly different audiences, particularly:

Teachers/educators interested in integrating (local) Black History into their teaching of high school and A level students

Local families and community groups

High school/A level students with an interest in black history