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Our third "Big Concert" gets the Forum into Bollywood dancing

18 March 2018

On Sunday 18 March 2018, the Forum held our third "Big Concert" at the Ukrainian Centre, Cheetham Hill.

Despite the freezing cold temperatures outside, almost one hundred people attended the event and were entertained by three very different groups of performers who reflected the cultural diversity of Greater Manchester.

  1. The Ukrainian dancers started the evening with their skilful and energetic dancing.
  2. They were followed by the Sonaash sisters. The award-winning sisters performed very graceful Bollywood dancing.
  3. Finally, Carol Jason and her band played a very entertaining wide range of music including jazz and traditional Jewish folk music.

Many of the audience participated in both singing and dancing. Co-Chair Mohammed Amin and Executive members Jackie Harrison and Seamus Martin joined in the Bollywood dancing lesson organised by the Sonaash Sisters. See the video below.

The guests of honour were the Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor, Cllr Peter Connor and the Forum’s co- founder Afzal Khan CBE MP. Both spoke about the need for communities to mix together and praised the Forum for its part in connecting Muslim and Jewish communities in Greater Manchester over the past 13 years.

Mohammed Amin opened the evening by welcoming all the attendees and Co-Chair Councillor Heather Fletcher and Executive Committee member Jackie Harrison jointly presented the evening.

Shabnam Hussain attended with all her family and said "We thought that the evening was amazing. We really enjoyed ourselves and it was so nice to see so many people of different faiths enjoying the night. We can't wait for the next event."

Judith Roberts stated “It was a really enjoyable evening with some diverse entertainment from talented performers. These events enable everyone to come together to celebrate that we are all different but also to recognise our similarities.

Haley Bradley said “This was an enjoyable and entertaining evening encompassing a host of very talented people from the excellent Ukrainian dancers to the Bollywood dancers to Carol Jason and her band.

The photograph below shows from left to right:

  1. Forum Company Secretary Tahara Amin
  2. Forum Executive Committee member June Rosen
  3. Forum Co-Chair Mohammed Amin
  4. Forum Co-Chair Cllr Heather Fletcher
  5. Forum Executive Committee member Seamus Martin
  6. Member of Carol Jason’s band Toni Baker
  7. Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor Cllr Peter Connor
  8. Carol Jason
  9. Member of Carol Jason’s band Helena Summerfield
  10. Forum Executive Committee member Jackie Harrison
  11. Member of Carol Jason’s band Danielle Moss



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