New Year, New Horizons

Hello and Happy New Year from all of us at Partisan Collective!

We just wanted to post a (very belated – sincere apologies) piece to say another HUGE thank you to all who donated to our crowdfunder and to say that we’re super chuffed we hit our target. Donations have still been coming in and without everybody’s recognition we couldn’t have succeeded, so sincere thanks from all of us. In addition, it is well worth congratulating the Real Junk Food Project who kept absolutely smashing their own crowdfunding targets and ended up raising a whopping £39,155! Solidarity!

So, we took a bit of a back seat over Christmas and everyone enjoyed a well-deserved break but since the start of January we have been busying away, setting our sights on a brand new space to continue nurturing DIY, cultural and grassroots community groups. All we can say is WATCH THIS SPACE as we are (hopefully!) so close to securing somewhere very soon. In the meantime, we are going to get back into the swing of putting on some great events, whether that’s putting on a night of live music, hosting poetry events, panel discussions or just putting on a huge party to ensure Partisan stays alive and kicking – keep your eyes and ears peeled. We’re kicking off with a gig at The Old Abbey Taphouse on February 14th (yes, that’s right) with Holiday and Mercury Tales heading the line-up, plus one more act to be announced soon!

On the flipside, if your community group, co-operative or personal endeavour has any meetings, projects or events you’d like support with, just reach out and we will help shout about them.

Another piece of exciting news is that we will be starting a monthly podcast! Our first is to be recorded and released early-mid February. It aims to focus on Partisan’s core areas and values: DIY culture, arts and community projects, as well as providing a platform to discuss all of these subjects and more. The first one will be more of an introductory piece about these values, alongside exactly what we, our user groups and our fellow community do to support independent, DIY and grassroots ventures. Keep your ears out in February and learn how to join the debate in our first podcast.

Until then, keep a check on our social media sites for pending events and goings on!

Queer(ing) politics: what role for art and culture?

If you couldn’t make it on the day, you can now watch the amazing panel discussion which took place during our Cities of Hope launch event in May.

Queer(ing) politics: what role for art and culture? was a panel discussion between Ray Filar, Marilyn Misandry and Jess Bradley, led by Greg Thorpe, speaking about the queer politics and culture in Manchester.

To help further the work of Cities of Hope and support social justice organisations across Greater Manchester through street art, you can donate by phone: Text COHM10 £1 (£2, £3, £5, £10 etc) to 70070 or Online: