Eventbrite Presents: Generation DIY Film Series

I recall it being a cold and crisp day in early March when Sophie Billington and I found ourselves back in the cosy basement of Solomon’s Cafe Bar for a spot of filming for Eventbrite UK.

It was here in Solomon’s basement that Funraising held it’s launch event ArtBox, an alternative silent art auction and after party. All profits made from the night were in aid of the crucial work that the mental health charity Manchester Mind carry out here in our city. You can check out our review of how things went down here.

As such, it seemed fitting that we chose this little basement for some of the filming of the Manchester leg of Eventbrite’s new five-part series of short films titled Generation DIY. The film project spans 5 major UK cities including Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham and London. It features a set of young creatives and promoters aged 25 and under from each city that are pushing forward events culture and nightlife in new and innovative ways in their respective cities.

DIY-ing in Manchester

It was an honour for us to be featured in the film representing Funraising and our great city of Manchester. We spoke about events, nightlife and the spirit of Manchester, and touched on how we’re using fundraising efforts to promote conscious clubbing and raising fun in creative ways for charitable causes.

Aside from us, the other Manchester names you need to get to know if you aren’t already familiar include our collaborators Love For The Streets. Their mission to campaign and raise awareness of the homelessness crisis, in particular capturing younger audiences’ attention through events and volunteering has gone from strength to strength this year and I know they have lots more in store for the near future. You can check out the trailer for the Manchester film below.

Also featured are B.L.O.O.M, a trio of wonderfully talented female DJs who are turning heads and raising the profile of female musical talent in the city and opening up the conversation on female visibility in music. BOYGIRL are the duo working toward a more experimental musical sphere in the city, whilst David Burch has his hands busy running record label and events company Ad Hoc and a radio station with his team.

Beautiful Ladies Organising Orgasmic Music

Let’s not forget all the other incredible events promoters making waves across the other 4 cities featured in the film series. They are DIY-ing and bringing alive the fields of clubbing, theatre, activism, curation and poetry to name a few. The films for these cities have now been released in full and you can check them out over on the Eventbrite blog to find out more.

The Manchester film will be released at it’s own preview screening along with a panel discussion, drinks and DJ set from BOYGIRL.  So if you’re about next week come on down to the Deaf Institute on Tuesday 3rd July. You can follow this link to the event page on Facebook or grab a free ticket over on the Eventbrite page here.

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