Black Gold Arts Festival

Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 October 2016 Contact & STUN. Bringing together established and emerging Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) artists from dance, theatre, film and live and performance art, with new work, critically acclaimed pieces, and some stuff just for fun. A new force, led by artists, working for artists.

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Strike A Pose

The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers. In a one-off special event taking pace in the STUN Studio at Z-arts, this screening of the film will be accompanied by a spectacular dance piece choreographed by rising star Natasha Gooden and performed by Manchester favourites House of Ghetto.

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Testimony by Yvonne Shelton

An intersection of music, dance, light and digital image-mapping in a visceral audio-visual landscape — Testimony explores the possibilities of language and movement, transforming meaning to reach a higher state of awareness.

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Blindspots by Rachel Goodyear

Blind Spots is a unique experiment in the connections between visual art, music and performance.

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Based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, journalists and photographers, Spring Reign features live per­formance, video, original music performed by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury.

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A Place Called Happiness by Debs Gatenby

Debs spent a year thinking about happiness. It brought her down. Travelling out into the world, she documented her experiences, and tells us what she found in this comedic and uplifting new solo show from the creator of Hi, Anxiety.

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Debs Gatenby - A Place Called Happiness

Alaska by Cheryl Martin

Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression.

“Exceptionally good... The Poet delivers her material with such energy, charm, emotion and honesty... Food for the soul”
The British Theatre Guide

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ALASKA by Cheryl Martin

Some People Have Too Many Legs by Jackie Hagan

Last Summer Jackie Hagan went to hospital with a mystery disease, they told her she was going to die and cut bits of her off. Luckily she didn’t die, but she did eat loads and loads of Kit Kats because she thought it wouldn't matter if she got fat.

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GLUE by Louise Wallwein

A one-woman show mixing monologue, live art and a sound score Glue tells the true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption.

Born, transferred, placed, discharged returned…


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