Manchester Folk Festival 2019: The Best of UK Folk Music

Back in October 2019, Manchester hosted its annual Folk Festival, an event which Blue Shoes were given the honour of filming. The festival is one of the biggest on the folk music calendar and included an array of events, at a range of venues around Manchester, putting a spotlight on British folk music, art, drama…

From Kinshasa to Bradford: The Story of Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu

Meet Jenny, a Congolese-born political activist and asylum seeker currently residing in Bradford. Jenny fled to the UK in 2006 for protection and has been living here ever since, waiting for his asylum case to come to a settlement after nearly thirteen years of uncertainty. We met with Jenny recently to hear about his journey…

This & That: A Culturally Diverse Mixing Pot Where Everyone is Welcome

Hidden away amongst the backstreets of Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter lies This & That, a small Indian café owned by Ismail Mallu and his son Mohsin. Ismail is a first-generation Indian migrant who came to the UK in 1966 during the peak years of migration from the subcontinent, and has since gone on to run…