LAST SATURDAY saw up to 6,000 people from across Manchester come to see acts like Gregory Issacs and Mr Scruff at an vibrant anti-racism festival.
It was organised by Manchester city council, the TUC and the Unison union.
But if people came for the music they stayed for the politics with the 40 or so official stalls largely taken up by left organisations of every variety.
The diversity of Manchester was on display at its best with the black, asian and Irish communities all mingling around the main stage.
The festival, and the unity that it demonstrated, is a example of what could help see off the Nazi threat around the north west.
We spent our time leafleting and promoting the anti-war demonstration in London on 27 September.
The response to the Stop the War Coalition was amazing and shows how much the movement has achieved in Manchester and the networks that it has created.
AFTER LAST year's successful Love Music Hate Racism carnival in Manchester a similar event is planned in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday.
It is fully backed by the city council, the mayor's office, Stoke Racial Equality Council, plus local trade unions, anti-racist and community groups.
The carnival will be a free, daytime event, with a main stage for live bands, plus second stage featuring DJs.
Bands include Spooks, The Stands, Metz and Trix, Miss Black America and many others.