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Manchester Museum – New Exhibitions We Face Forward: Anansi Stories

We Face Forward is a city wide season of exhibitions, events and happenings celebrating the global and the local, exploring the links between Manchester and West Africa.

We Face Forward launches on 2 June in the Manchester Museum with an exhibition and activity day all linked to Anansi the spider.

A popular character in West African and Caribbean folklore, Anansi the Spider is a trickster who started life as a man, but due to his mischievous ways was turned into a spider by his father, the Great Sky God. Because of his small size, Anansi uses his intelligence to survive and stories of his adventures have a lot to teach us all.

Using the Museum’s natural history and ethnographic collections, The Manchester Museum has worked with the African Caribbean Carers Group and artist Alan Birch to develop a re-interpretation of the Anansi Spider stories. The group’s resulting artworks, printed stories and Museum objects are displayed in the Museum’s reception area.

On Saturday 2 June we are looking forward to the Anansi Spider story being brought to life in a performance by the Men’s Room Community Group and Royal Exchange Theatre.

Family events:

Saturday 2 June, 11am-4pm - Big Saturday: Manchester Anansi Spider

Monday 4-Friday 8 June, 11am-4pm - June half term: Living Worlds & Manchester Anansi Spider

Friday 29 June, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm – Magic Carpet: Spiders

Sunday 1 July, 11am-4pm – Anansi the Spider

Wednesday 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 August, 1-3pm – Summer holidays: Manchester Anansi Spider

Friday 31 August, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm – Magic Carpet: West Africa
Adult events:

Thursday 21 June, 6-8pm – a talk on the archaeology of ritual, shrines and sacrifice in Northern Ghana

Wednesday 27 June, 5.30-7.30pm – Manchester Art Walk

Tuesday 11 September, 6-8pm - Pan African Congress panel debate

Friday 14 September, 6.30-9pm – After Hours: A Taste of West Africa

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