Although Manchester City Centre is just over a mile down the road, with a wealth of cultural opportunities on offer, the cost of accessing these events often make it inaccessible for many of the families within the Family Zone.
We have been developing relationships with local organisations to offer free or affordable access to cultural events. Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra showcase a concert each year at MCA. At the most recent concert, five of our primary schools took part in weekly singing sessions and then performed with the orchestra at a family show where all parents were invited in to watch. Last year we also put on a Christmas carol concert under a huge marquee in Collyhurst Park which was attended by over 100 local residents.
Royal Northern College of Music regularly offer us tickets to their Young Explorers concerts which we have been able to distribute via the schools to those families who want to attend. This Christmas we were also offered tickets to two pantomimes, one at HOME and another was put on by our partners Audacious Church.
Altogether we have been able to distribute over 400 tickets in the past twelve months, enabling local families the same access to cultural performances as those from more affluent parts of the city.