The North West Consortium was successfully launched on Thursday 8th May 2008.
The launch was opened by Professor John Brooks, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, and was followed by a keynote speech by Cllr M Afzal Khan, former Lord Mayor of Manchester and Councillor for Cheetham. Dr Sharon Handley, project director for the North West consortium, gave a brief overview of the project and talked about progress so far.
This was followed by some wonderful performances from two local supplementary schools. A group of young children from the Huaxia Chinese School delighted the audience with a play based on a story from Monkey King's Journey to the West: Fight the White-Bone Demon, followed by a traditional Chinese fan dance, elegantly performed by older pupils from this school. The audience were then treated to a sumptuous fashion show by pupils from the Hijra Arabic School, who showed off exotic national costumes from Arabic-speaking countries.
For a report on the launch please go here.