Following the successful debit showcase in August 2014, Manchester’s Got Talent Part II was held on Saturday 15 August and was even bigger and better.
Held at the Z Arts centre in Hulme, founder Akeim Mundell pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone had a night to remember.
Akeim, an Ambassador for Moss Side on behalf of Manchester City Council amongst other things, came up with the idea of the annual free showcase and after months of using his contacts and building links, the first Manchester’s got Talent came to life last year.
This time around some 350 people turned up to a 250 capacity venue, wanting to do their bit for Sickle Cell research, Akeim’s chosen charity which all proceeds from the event went to.
A variety of acts from ages seven to 79 took to the stage to sing, rap, dance, recite poetry and strut their stuff on a catwalk in original pieces of fashion created by Mancunian brands.
Of the event, which aims to bring the community together, giving individuals and groups of all ages a chance to showcase their talents and shine whilst providing amazing entertainment for families to enjoy at no cost, Akeim said, “The first 3 months of planning this event alone along with pain and stress, Was absolutely worth it! I’d like to say a massive thank you to each and every single person who came down to my free community talent showcase ‘Manchester’s Got Talent Part II’. It was an absolute smashing event – with the young and the old mixing in together, showing that strong community spirit.
“Once again, thanks to all the talented individuals and groups who performed and modelled – you lot absolutely smashed the stage. A big thanks to the Hosts, DJs, Sounding Company, the clothing lines, the Hairdressers and the Make Up Artists for being involved.
“Lastly thanks to all those who helped me by running the show and making it run as smooth as it did (You all know who you are – you guys kept my head up when it was ready to hit the ground). We shown that Manchester has for sure, got a mad amount of talent.
“After the show, I had 5 different individuals that came to me with their contact details and have said that they would like to fund next year’s event… I guess we must have done something right eh? No but on a serious note, I’m chuffed, happy and satisfied of the outcome of Manchester’s Got Talent Part II.
“Last year was the launch and it was great, this year was the part II and we stepped things up and the show was a massive improvement. Next year it’s going to be even bigger and better and yes it’s going to remain as a FREE event (Not everything is about making money) – It’s all about giving back to the community.
“Many thanks to the Manchester City Council, Adactus Housing, The Nubian Times, Mosscare Housing, Legacy90.1FM, Manchester College, Blacka Acoustic, FtpMedia, Lancashire Cricket Ground, Ziva Cakes, Band on the Wall, Sidnie Co Couture, Manni Clothing, Aim2Inspire & The Royal Exchange for funding and sponsoring this event.”
Watch this space for Manchester’s Got Talent Part III – If you’d like to be involved or be a sponsor for next year, you can contact Akeim Mundell on: firstname.lastname@example.org.