Here’s what went down at Notahoodlum: Colours + Creeds 2

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Notahoodlum presents second Colours + Creeds event in Northern Quarter, Manchester – captured by @21stcenturytribe

Located on a side street within one of the Manchester’s most creative hubs, particularly for young adults, Notahoodlum executed its second Colours + Creeds event in Northern Quarter on January 25th. Birthed and hosted in the city, the meaning behind the occasion is to provide a home for the city’s wealth of up and coming talent, including artists in sectors of photography, music, and dance.

Also serving as an art exhibition, with a mixture of live performances too (from grime to trap to poetry), the idea as a whole was constructed by Notahoodlum founder and rounded creative, Apolluss (pictured above). Aiming to design a safe place for artistic expression – particularly providing support to those from, but not exclusive to underrepresented groups in the city – the event continued to surpass even his expectations. He tells us:

“I’m only doing this to make sure there’s a place for all Colours + Creeds to feel at home, where the focus is creativity and not who you are, where you come from or your social or economic status”

He continues: “At a Notahoodlum event everybody is equal and just there to enjoy and share the art!”

The Colors + Creeds Series | Episode 1 “The Pregame Chat” w/ Apolluss and Muli Simpasa | Notahoodlum TV

Our team can confirm it certainly excels in these targets, feeling like a family atmosphere with people able to truly express who they are with no judgment. One of the only noticeable consistencies was the fact that everyone was different, coming together for a single purpose in the most organic way. It’s an indirect networking event, a talent showcase and multi-artist concert all in one. There is no dress code, except wear what you want to – and people did.

A handful of DJ’s kept visitors entertained through curated playlists and sculpted sets – this group of talents is listed below. All of the performers also brought their A-game, offering great diversity and gaining great receptions from the crowd – they’re all also listed below.

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@renzniro + @imgemcr will be opening the show later today, 5-11:30PM💙 SOME TICKETS STILL REMAINING ONLINE🚨

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If this whole experience could be described as anything it would be important, as it eliminates a bougie air that is commonly associated with similar platforms. An air that often leads many to feel discouraged and even disheartened when told that they need a little more time until they can reach a certain ‘ceiling’. However, at Colours + Creeds (2), you could dance where you wanted to, explore what art resonates with you best and hopefully, fall in love with what others have brought to the table.

Harnessing skills as a photographer himself, Apolluss saw his work placed on display alongside some stunning pieces by Vicky ChambersKwameLeandra PalmerPapa Nii Quaye, Shei, Richard Mensah, and Rodwell amongst others.

The north and south divide in England can be traced all the way back hundreds of years, with each having a stigma about the other. Particularly in the art scene, which includes music, and both desire bragging rights or a certain monopoly. London has been outed for having a severe lack of opportunity for certain demographics, however, when it comes to the arts, there are actually a lot of people curating ways of changing that, or have been doing so for a number of years.

Although, currently in Manchester, the work of Apolluss and Notahoodlum will hopefully have kickstarted a wave of more events like those recognized in the south for hosting and supporting underground talents of all kinds. Bugzy Malone, IAMDDBAitchJust Banco, Sleazy FK DonCulps and a huge variety of other artists are beginning to break through and make some serious headway carrying the city on their back’s proudly. It seems as if these rumblings are causing a shift in things, affecting many of the creatives which reside under Manchester’s surface…for now.


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