Yao Ming Chien is profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) as his first language. He was born and brought up in Taiwan but left as a young adult as there was little support for deaf people. He first moved to America and then to the UK looking for the support that he needs. Ming is now settled in Manchester. Like many deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, Ming has found it difficult to find employment, despite having attended many courses and having a range of skills.And one of those skills is tapestry.Working in a small room from his home in Swinton, Ming creates the most extraordinary, intricate, detailed tapestries, some of which take weeks or even months to embroider. Ming recently attended workshops run by the Manchester based company Result CIC. The aim of the project was to maximise the potential for members of Manchester Deaf Centre’s job club to give them the skills to be successful in looking for work by increasing their self-confidence. During the sessions, Ming identified his love of embroidery and astonished the group by showing some of his creations off.Now he's ready to share his work and his skills. He's looking to exhibit his amazing artwork and also to share his skills by teaching his techniques to others, or to accept commissions.So, if you've a venue which could show Ming's work, or you are an organisation interested in creating a class where Ming could teach, or if you'd like to commission a tapestry, get in touch by conta
A new film has been produced in Manchester which aims to highlight the experience of deaf people in 21st century Britain.'Out of it?' has taken interviews with six deaf people, all carried out at Manchester Deaf Centre, to reveal some shocking stories, ranging from a man who slept though a hotel fire because the staff forgot that they had a deaf couple staying with them, to a woman in labour who was denied an interpreter due to costs as her birth started to become dangerously complicated. She didn't know what was happening.The film's creator, Jane Cordell, became deaf following an illness and is now one of the UK's most influential disabled people, according to the Power 100 list. She says of the film,'We take basic rights in the UK for granted: our safety, health and being able to work and learn. But how would you feel if you faced barriers to these rights? Deaf people often do, but their experience is rarely known. We made this film to present examples of this experience to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It is important to build on this work.'You can follow 'Out of it?' on Facebook.MORE FROM THE BLOG
There’s a lot to make you feel festive in Levenshulme this year. Manchester city centre may be heaving with Christmas shoppers, street performers, and the German markets but catch a train out to Levy and you can round off your shopping, support small businesses, and celebrate without the chaos. December 4: Christmas lights switch-on Rumour has it that Father Christmas will relinquish his sleigh and take the 192 bus to Levenshulme village green for the annual Levy light up, which is hosted by the Levenshulme Traders Association. The man in red will hand out presents to 300 local children, so get there early if you don't want to disappoint your little ones.4.30-6pm, Levenshulme Village Green, Stockport Road. December 6: Bud Winter Warmer There’s nothing quite like a roaring fire, a mince pie, and a glass of mulled wine to make you feel festive. With a unique selection of gifts for sale, carols from local choirs and music groups, and a barbecue; this bijou garden centre has Christmas all wrapped up. Don't miss the handmade natural wreaths and premium Christmas trees. 3-7pm, Bud Garden Centre, Omer Drive, Burnage, M19 2JN. December 18: Levy Night Market You haven’t done Levy Market properly until you’ve visited a night market. Revel in the friendly atmosphere of a vibrant community as you grab those last minute presents and foodie treats. There will be activities to keep the children occupied and festive entertainment late in to the evening. Warm your hands round a mug of
I’ve got a confession to make. There are so many new restaurants in this city that I’ve stopped even trying to keep up. No joke, these are trying times for the foodies of Manchester. You could dine out at a new place every night for, like, a month – and it might be fun to try – but honestly, who has the time/metabolism/disposable income for that? Instead, I wait for trusted word-of-mouth to rise above the low hum of PR buzz permanently hovering over the city like a cloud of white truffle veloute. Usually, those places your friends tell you are good are the only ones that turn out to be worth bothering with. And if they aren’t, you need better friends. New does not equal noteworthy. I know the whole shebang isn’t finished and new places always seem weird, but even factoring in that new car smell weirdness I have yet to find a restaurant in the revamped Corn Exchange with much individual character. A trip to Banyan was dispiritingly Wetherspoons-like, Vietnamese chain Pho seems bland as broth and even the eagerly-anticipated Wahaca left a bad taste in our mouths with what appears to be some overzealous soliciting of TripAdvisor reviews (though, it must be said, their burrito left a good taste in our mouths.) High hopes then for the expanded Salvi’s, whose John Dalton Street cucina is probably the place I recommend more than any other. I should really be getting a tidy commission at this point. So what’s new and noteworthy? For my money, it’s Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats, my favour
From the team who brought us 'Polari Mission Live!', artist Jez Dolan with writer Chris Hoyle present a new theatre piece as part of Queer Contact in 2016, loaded with sequins, feathers, lipstick and lights. 'Life’s a Drag' is part of a year-long project exploring the history of Drag in Manchester through performance, exhibition, oral history and getting your drag on, going right back to the infamous Hulme Drag Ball of 1880, right through to the current redefining of drag with the likes of Cha Cha Boudoir. Drag Ball Hulme circa 1880, taken from the Illustrated Police News, courtesy of Manchester Libraries Information and Archives But in the run up to the performance, there's an oral history training day for anyone wanting to get involved. Volunteers are needed to collect oral histories which will form part of the project and will involve interviewing drag performers, audiences and fans. Thee interviews will be held permanently at Archives + in Manchester where they will be available for historians.If you're interested in taking part, the training session will last for a day, is free and includes lunch.Find out more on the Life's a Drag website.Life's a Drag oral histories training day, MMU New Business School, Saturday January 9, 9.30amLife's a Drag performance, Contact, Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 FebruarySee 25 photos from Dragchester.
If you're looking for NYE party ideas, then we've a special guide on the way, but in the mean time, there's still a wealth of fantastic festive gigs and club nights prior to Turkey day. Here's just a selection (box) of choices. Willis Earl Beal - Night and Day, Wednesday 2nd DecemberChicago based Soul from breakthrough lo-fi solo singer-songwriter, Willis Earl Beal. Peaches - Islington Mill, Thursday 3rdProvocative electro goddess Peaches returns to Manchester after too long with her playful and subversive live show, playing material from her recent, long-awaited sixth album, Rub, alongside her back catalogue of filthy minded classics. Guy Garvey - Albert Hall, Friday 4thManchester’s troubadour, the nicest man in indie rock, and so on and so forth, the lead singer of beloved group Elbow goes solo with no problem at all, with a quietly anthemic showcase of his spin-off material at the Albert Hall. New Order - Warehouse Project, Saturday 5thMaking a triumphant return to a hometown hero’s welcome, pioneering electronic group and untouchable pop band Joy Division return for one of two nights at The Warehouse Project, with Factory Floor in tow, and DJs Erol Alkan, Horse Meat Disco and Will Tramp. Chow Down w/ MSSINGNO - Soup Kitchen, Saturday 5thExperimental bass movements from MSSINGNO, and grime and rave classics from the crew at Chow Down. Django Django - Albert Hall, Sunday 6thFollowing the runaway success of their debut LP, experimental leaning art pop band Django Djang
Manchester City fans are getting ready to pull on their blue Santa suits in aid of charity, for the sixth year running! City in the Community, which aims to help empower lives through football, is encouraging supporters to head to the Etihad campus for its annual Santa Stroll event. The sky blue 5km course kicks-off at 11:30am on Sunday 6 December from City Square. Activity will start from 9:30am, including the Barclays Activity Area with Rodeo Reindeer and Santa’s Grotto, Live music and warm food, as well as Christmas competitions and special guests. All applicants will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win Manchester City hospitality tickets at an upcoming fixture this season. Mike Green, Head of City in the Community, said: 'Santa Stroll is a firm favourite with everyone involved and we are looking forward to welcoming supporters back to the Etihad for the sixth time! City in the Community works to enhance the lives of thousands of people across Greater Manchester and the money raised from Santa Stroll will help to continue this great work. Our course is fully accessible for push chairs, wheelchairs and sleighs, so we are calling on all City fans to get involved to help make a difference in their local area!”'The entry price for Santa Stroll is £25 for a family (two adults and two children), £10 for adults and £5 for children. Admission includes your own sky blue Santa suit, a race number and all young people will be rewarded with a goodie-bag upon crossing the
An award-winning Manchester based company has partnered with George House Trust to offer a new service to HIV positive gay and bisexual men.Result CIC, winners of a major prize at the National Diversity Awards in September this year, are offering life coaching free of charge as part of a scheme called 'Being+'. Unlike counselling or guidance, the purpose of coaching is to get people to arrive at their own decisions, with the coach supporting the development of plans to make the person being coached better able to cope with their future. It can happen face to face, via Skype or on the phone and those taking part will benefit from six to twelve sessions on a one to one basis. And there's no cost.Result CIC will be be focussing on HIV+ men who need support to change their career, get back in to work, become more assertive or who need to set themselves some life goals. One of their directors, Andy Hilton, is also the chair of the National Long Term Survivors Group supporting people who have lived with HIV or AIDS for five years or more.As a community interest company (hence the CIC), Result CIC have worked with a wide range of people and groups including recent immigrants, disabled people, young people facing challenges in their lives and anyone who they describe as 'marginalised' and this collaboration furthers their commitment to 'creating opportunities for people to grow.' One of their directors is Jane Cordell, named as one of the Power 100 most influential disabled people in
It's a little known fact that Father Christmas first started out as a comedy character act. 'Nick', to his mates, started out on the scene as 'anti-comedian' wearing a big red overcoat and 'comedy' beard, occasionally distributing inappropriate presents to members of the audience and telling deliberately unfunny gags. A misdemeanour found him wedged in a lady's chimney (literally that is... not euphemistically) so he had no choice but to bluff it out and claim he was delivering presents to all the good children in the world. And so the legend was born. Anyway, if he doesn't bring you what you want this year, this lot will cheer you up. Barking Tales, Zombie Shack, Wed Dec 2, £5 Harriet Dyer's monthly comedy night that lifts the lid off mental illness and allows us a therapeutic laugh about it. This month it's the turn of the larger than life cheeky chappie Ray Peacock to share his stories, with support from Matt Hollins and Juilette Burton. Fred's Comedy Club, Fred's Cafe Bar, Wed Dec 2, £5Levenshulme's resident monthly comedy club. The latest in a line of top quality acts sees a headline set from Jo Caulfield, a seasoned comedian who has penned a fair few of her acerbic asides for some telly names – Graham Norton included. With support from the darkly funny Rachel Fairburn and, as ever, Andy Kind comperes. Pen:Chant, Contact Theatre, Thu Dec 3, £7 (£4 conc) Ben Mellor introduces this blend of comedy, cabaret, spoken word and music. More French than a round of Brie dressed i
The Magic Numbers, who play Gorilla next week, are celebrating ten years since their debut, Mercury Prize nominated album came out. Inadavcne of their gig, and hot on the heels of supporting McAlmont and Butler at The Ritz last month, we asked the band members Romeo, Michele, Angela and Sean to tell us what they like to do when they're in Manchester, and here's their top five.1. Moose This is a tradition in the Numbers camp, it's the perfect hangover cure, we always make sure the van picks us up after breakfast. 2. Fab Café Our friends at FAB look after us really well there, (many an aftershow party), making sure we're well hydrated whilst dancing the night away to Fleetwood Mac. 3. Alchemist This is a recent find for us. Spent most of our day off on our latest tour with McAlmont & Butler here having what felt like all the cocktails on the menu. Mmmmmm.... Whiskey Old Fashions. 4. Beatin Rhythm record shopBought many a soul 45 from this killer vinyl record shop. Always try to visit here before soundcheck 5. Albert HallWe played here with the Super Furry Animals recently and it has now become our favourite venue, stunning view from the stage and beautiful atmosphere. Can't wait to do our own show here when we're back with a new record.Magic Numbers play Gorilla on Wednesday December 9 Tickets are still available.See more gigs coming up in Manchester from Time Out.