On Sunday 17th April we will be taking part in the St. George's Day parade along with the 12 foot tall St. George and dragon giants we've created!
If you'd like to come and see us, you can find us at any part of the parade route, including between 12:10 and 12:50pm when the parade passes through Piccadilly Gardens.
For more information about the St. George's Day parade, please visit www.stgeorgesparade.org.uk
We will also be screening the films from our latest production, Fables - A Film Opera: ‘Stories of survival, rebellion, greed and love come to life in a remarkable marriage of film and music’ (Independent on Sunday - 4 stars)
Details of the event are as follows:
Venue: The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Date & Time: 30th March 2011, 19:00 - 21:00. Doors open at 18:30.
If you'd like to let us know you're coming along, or want to see more details about the event, check out the facebook event page.
For homeless people, finding food and place to stay for the night is their daily priority. Survival is taken one day at a time, making it difficult to plan ahead and improve their circumstances.
Erica Mulkey, who performs as Unwoman, believes that "whether in my home of San Francisco or in Manchester, everyone deserves a chance to get back on their feet and make a better life.”
American recording artist TyLean experienced first hand how difficult re-establishing yourself in society can be when you are homeless. In 2009, TyLean found herself homeless after a sudden relation break-up. She spent six weeks in and out of various hostels, and at her lowest point, spent the night sleeping under a lorry in 4°C weather.
“The truth of the matter was, I had friends I could call and people in my life who would have helped me if I had just reached out to them. I was too embarrassed to share my situation with anyone, and in too much emotional distress to sort myself out,” said the recording artist known for her honest lyrical style. “My homeless situation was brief, comparatively tolerable, and to a degree, self-inflicted, but it was enough to understand that the homeless become so because of reasons that go far beyond the need of a job.”
On the 12th of February, TyLean and Unwoman will be performing at Unpretention, a monthly charity event held in The Function Room of Sevenoaks on Nicholas Street in Manchester. The doors open at 9:00 PM, admission is £4, and all proceeds go to The Booth Centre to aid in the fight against homelessness. Visit www.unpretention.info or the Facebook event page for more information.
About the Artists
TyLean stands alone on stage with nothing but her voice and her piano, playing songs that are melodic and pretty, while her voice draws attention to the cruelty humans are capable of and a need for mass self-reflection. She has released 3 albums and toured the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. www.tylean.com
San Francisco's Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music, a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. She has released 4 albums and has toured with many bands. This is her debut tour in the United Kingdom. www.unwoman.com
Yesterday, fifty guests from The Booth Centre and The Mustard Tree made it through the snow drifts to an enjoyable meal of home cooked soup, turkey (with all the trimmings), Christmas pudding, mince pies and chocolates looking out across the frozen canal at Choice Bar and Restaurant.
And as a little surprise we had a big help from a special visitor (no not Santa)... Slade frontman and all round national treasure Noddy Holder! Noddy is a patron of the StreetSmart charity and mucked in with the staff clearing tables, serving food, signing autographs and chatting to everyone.
One homeless Polish man who was at the meal had been to see Noddy and Slade in the 1970s when they played in Poland - the first Western band to play in the Eastern Block country, and the concert was paid for by the communist government. The two men shared some fond memories of the event and had their photo taken together.
Choice Bar & Restaurant holds this dinner every two years to raise awareness of the StreetSmart charity and to help those less fortunate at a challenging time of year. A huge thank you to Jon Grieves and all the team at Choice Restaurant for organising this special event and for making it such a success.
One of our supporters, Anikó Tóth, is organising a Christmas carol concert and sing-along in aid of the Booth Centre.
The concert will feature singing by sopranos Anikó Tóth, Rachel Gee and Esperanza Rodriguez. Jonathan Ellis is accompanying on the piano. There will be melodic solos and three part harmony singing of classic Christmas songs. You'll also hear festive poetry recited by actress Lisa Brookes.
There will be an opportunity to sing along with some of your favourite carols, so bring your voices and your generosity to this concert of festive cheer!
The concert is taking place between 1pm and 2pm on Friday 17th December at the Cross Street Unitarian Church.
Tickets are available for £5 on the door, or for £4 in advance from Forsyth Music Shop (Deangate), with all profits going to the Booth Centre. In addition you can make a donation in support of the event via the JustGiving page.