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Poster: Northern Carnival Against the Nazis designed by Dave King, 1978.

It was on the train home from the Carnival in London that Geoff Brown (ANL) and Bernie Wilcox, who had already been promoting small RAR gigs across Manchester, decided that together they would organise the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis.

Ten weeks of intense work followed with many volunteers and sympathetic organisations lending a hand. Hundreds of people made special banners, placards and badges, and helped to book coaches from outside Manchester.

There weren't as many of these posters available as hoped because the Anti Nazi League office in London had been firebombed. Moss Side band Exodus (X-O-Dus) were added to the bill after this poster was printed, recommended by reggae DJ and future RAR organiser Debbie Golt.

This item was featured in Manchester Digital Music Archive's 'We Are Dynamite! Northern Carnival Against the Nazis 40th Anniversary' exhibition, held at Niamos (old Nia Centre) in Hulme in September 2018.

Co-organised by Geoff Brown of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL) and Bernie Wilcox of Rock Against Racism (RAR), the Carnival featured incendiary live performances by pop-punk superstars Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse, the UK's leading reggae band of the period. Support came from Moss Side reggae band Exodus (later X-O-Dus) and China Street from Lancaster, who had released a single on EMI called ‘Rock Against Racism’.

You can find out more in our online version of the exhibition here:

Special thanks to our funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Futura.

Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers.
Artefact added : 3rd November 2018
by Abigail
louie_shelley Says –
Hi, would it be possible to use this in my book, 'Ever Fallen In Love'?
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