Help them to rise and shine

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Fennikusu together with our friends at Pete Gibson Media and Young Gifted and Black (YGB) is staging a fundraising showcase to enable those excluded from the arts to get their voices heard.

“Rising” features an exciting range of new writing focusing on subjects such as the #MeToo campaign, Windrush, domestic violence, racism and the legacy of slavery. But there will also be some light relief in the form of songs and side-splitting sketches – all penned by fledgling authors.

The evening is the brainchild of Fennikusu stalwart and co-founder of YGB, Pete Gibson. “It is frustrating that funding bodies and big producers simply aren’t engaging with super-talented people from disadvantaged communities and I have seen some artists give up because their vision has not been realised” said Pete, “With this fundraiser we are using the Fennikusu adage, “if you are not invited to the party, hold one yourself” and the cash raised will at last give those artists that platform to express themselves and hopefully inspire through their truth.”

Details of the performers will be highlighted here over the coming days; but they will include Fennikusu founder Hadesa Zakiya Sonne and creator of YGB Tasharelle Jones-Hoyes.

“Rising” is being staged at Gulliver’s 109 Oldham Street, Manchester.

We expect the two performances (on Saturday 18th and Sunday May 19th 7 30pm) to be roaring successes, so best to secure your ticket today by visiting

Please note, the line-up will be different each night.

The “Rising” image was designed by our friends at Flashy Peacock – .