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SALFORD DOES COMMUNITY CULTURAL CELEBRATION
 

Star date: 24th June 2012 

CULTURAL CELEBRATION DAY ON ISLINGTON WAY ESTATE

Last week, the Islington Estate had a Cultural Celebration aimed at bringing the area's minorities together for a day of fun, music and chat. Jimmy Coyne went along to view the acts and the atmosphere and came away feeling inspired.

Full review and photos here


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It seemed to be a rather drizzly, typical Monday afternoon, in Islington Way until I was contacted about an event that was taking place at the Canon Hussey Court, Community Centre. At first, I was very sceptical about going to any events within that area, because of the negative impact these events have had in the past. However I was pleasantly surprised by the whole event.

The Cultural Day Event was organised by Julie Hudson, who has been a tenant of Canon Hussey Court for two years. Her vision was to bring all the minorities of Islington Way together, and integrate them into the community. After only speaking for several minutes to Julie, it was apparent that this person really cared for the wellbeing of the Islington Way Estate.

The event started with a swing, thanks to our own residential singer, Eileen Wilson, who is the co-owner of the Creation Caf, located near Chapel Street. Eileen, an aspiring actress and singer songwriter, has been using her talents in the past, to raise money for various local charities. She started the show by singing some of her own musical compositions, and then went on to perform some outstanding jazz and soul tracks. I was astonished how the community of Islington Way, interacted with her performance. Nearly all of the participants were dancing and singing along to her jazz tunes.

Then it was time for a guest appearance from another actor and singer songwriter, Alexander James Valliant, whom in the past has had a professional solo singing career. He started with some Eighties music, that seemed, once again, to get everyone dancing and singing, and was followed by some modern dance, ending with a rock and roll climax.

This was the most inspiring event I have probably ever witnessed since moving to Salford, seven years ago. It shows that there are people, like Julie Hudson, who are fighting to restore communities, and bring some well deserved life and happiness back to the Islington Way Estate.

Words: Jimmy Coyne

Photos: TJ Chakotai


 

mandy wrote
at 07:42:12 on 25 June 2012
well done julie that what we need in salford all community coming together, with locall talent which is al around salford. so well done once again

Cristina wrote
at 19:29:55 on 24 June 2012
Had a really good time at this event - I loved the music & was very impressed by the singers, the welcoming atmosphere, the engaging audience & the tasty food. Having not been a Salford resident for very long, it made me feel more at home. Hope there'll be more events like this!

Kolyn wrote
at 19:29:29 on 24 June 2012
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being a part of this event, not least because I'm a local Salford resident. I feel that a sense of community is essential and this certainly contributed towards that. Many thanks to all who were involved. Wonderful food, wonderful entertainment, wonderful hospitality.

Steve Cunio wrote
at 14:26:21 on 24 June 2012
Well done Eileen! Alex! Go the stars of Salford! Steve :-)

Sue wrote
at 14:26:16 on 24 June 2012
Hi nice to know that people still care and are willing to make people's day by sharing . We can all make a difference if we follow the example of Julie, Eileen , Kolyne and TJ Chakoti, and give a little back to the community for free. Thanks all for a great inspiring night

Tahira Chakotaii wrote
at 14:25:57 on 24 June 2012
Although I was unable to write the story, it is fantastic that my photos were used to document this fabulous event. Lets hope there are others out there, who can bring the same dedication, and determination, that Julie Hudson brought, to the Islington Way Estate. Long live people like Eileen Wilson, and Julie Hudson. Best wishes to all, from T.J.

caroline wrote
at 13:24:45 on 24 June 2012
Wish i could have been there.It is a sweet thing to do.Best wishs to all and keep up the good work

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