After huge success with previous pop-up events, Melanin Markets x The Union at Manchester Metropolitan University are set to create history by joining forces for a remarkable event to transform Freshers Week. On Friday 29 September from 5pm to 10pm, Melanin Markets x The Union will bring a curated selection of Black-owned businesses, culture, and entertainment to the heart of the MMU campus.
Everyone is welcome to join the evening which bridges academia and the Black community, offering discounts and offers, to address the rising cost of living, and education and fostering community unity, while supporting UK Black-led businesses. Together, they aim to reshape consumer habits, encouraging year-round support for economic growth and the uplift of Black businesses.
This autumn, visitors can discover 50 Black-owned businesses from tantalising cuisine and fiery drinks, to exquisite jewellery, handcrafted skincare, and hair care products. Experience the diversity and excellence of UK Black entrepreneurship all in one place, and indulge in the rich flavours of African and Caribbean food, the traditional taste of rum punch and sorrel, and explore stunning artwork, homeware, beauty and fashion offerings.
You are also welcomed to immerse yourself in an enchanting evening of steel drums, live hair demos, xtreme hip hop step class and a live DJ spinning tunes throughout – all sharing the vibrancy and creativity of the Black community.
The co-director and producer of Melanin Markets, Bianca Danielle, said: “My aim with Melanin Markets has always been to elevate Black entrepreneurship, and this collaboration with The Union at MMU is another exciting step in that direction.
“Get ready to experience the excellence and diversity of Black-owned businesses, with an evening of live steel drums, hair and dance demos and a range of incredible Black led businesses. All free to attend and everyone, student or not, is welcome to come and vibe with us! This collaboration is an exciting one for me.”
Melanin Markets at MMU is free to attend and will take place on Friday 29 September, from 5pm-10pm at The Union at Manchester Metropolitan University, 21 Higher Cambridge St, Manchester M15 6AD.