Anna Mudeka's Kure Kure / Faraway Tour!

With thanks to Arts Council England Funding we are producing Anna’s one-woman show Kure Kure/Faraway…..

Kure Kure / Faraway

A Tale of Ancestors, Identity, Atavism, Migration and DNA

On Tour Nationally; Summer & Autumn 2019


Zimbabwean born multi-instrumentalist, dancer and actress, Anna Mudeka, brings her tour de force one woman show, Kure Kure/ Faraway, to audiences across the UK over summer and autumn 2019.

Kure Kure/ Faraway chronicles the mass exodus of Anna’s ancestors, the Bantu tribe, across central Africa and frames it in her personal struggle of balancing a quest for global adventure while remaining true to the traditions of her dynastic forebears. It’s a story of identity, assimilation, and challenges faced by migrants, as relevant in ancient times as they are today.

Told through the music, dance and mesmerising ululation of the Shona people, accomplished mbira player Anna sets the scene for an epic odyssey traversing legends of the African diaspora, evoking ancestral and modern identities. From the fabled great march of the Bantu Tribe across the Tanganika and Baka regions to Zimbabwe some 5000 years ago, Kure Kure/Faraway, explores seismic shifts in the regions’ cultural history. 

Homage is paid to the spiritual deity and she-warrior Nehanda who united the Ndebele and Shona tribes to rise up in the first Chimurenga war against western colonialists in the late 1890’s and whose execution has defined Zimbabwean nationalism ever since. Anna conjures the sensory influence of her grandmother in a deeply personal soundscape, contrasting this with the emotional jolt of moving to a new country and finding herself alone, vulnerable, excited and empowered.

“I am a proud Bantu, Munhu, Ubuntu - human being. My identity, my history, my ancestral beliefs, my DNA has made me who I am. I am everything and everyone who has lived before me!”

Kure Kure/Faraway is a multi-dimensional show that employs Anna’s traditional skills as a highly talented mbira (thumb piano) player, drummer, singer and dancer set alongside multi-media imagery and video. Many of the shows are accompanied by interactive and immersive workshops, perfect for all ages and abilities to learn clapping rhythms, shakers & drumming, dance moves and so experience a true taste of Zimbabwean culture. An invitation to remember ancestors, their wisdom and their stories, these workshops offer an insight into the uplifting and soulful spiritualism of a Bira Shona celebration.

Kure Kure/Faraway is an original theatre work devised by Anna Mudeka and a team of associate artists. Directed by David Farmer, produced by Arts La’Olam and co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre, this tour has been funded by Arts Council England. For a taste of Kure Kure/Faraway, click here

For press enquiries please contact: 07719281078

Kure Kure / Faraway Tour Dates 2019


Wednesday 5 June show 7pm

Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352

Saturday 15 June Presentation 2.15pm

St Antony's College, Oxford University

Thursday 20 June show 7.30pm

Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710885

Saturday 22 June show 7.30pm

The Cut, Halesworth 0300 303 3211

Friday 28 June show 7pm

Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, London

Saturday 29 June workshop 2pm, show 7pm

Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate


Friday 6 September show 7.30pm

The Auden Theatre, Holt 01263 713444

Friday 20 September show 7.45pm

Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne 0191 230 5151

Saturday 21 September show 7.45pm

Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich 01473 211498

Sunday 22 September Interactive Performance 1pm

Art Eat Festival, Ipswich Waterfront 07990 802776

Saturday 28 September workshop 2pm show 7.30pm

MAC Birmingham 0121 446 3232


Saturday 5 October w/s 2pm, show 7pm

Westcliff St George’s Church, Southend on Sea 01702 436659

Saturday 12 October show 7pm

Zion Arts Centre, Manchester 0161 226 1912

Friday 18 October show 7pm

The Curve, Slough

Saturday 19 October workshop 3.30pm show 7pm

Cloverhill Community Centre, Norwich 01842 751975

Sunday 20 October workshop 2pm

Colston Hall, Bristol

Sunday 20 October show 7pm

Zion Bristol 0117 923 1212

Tuesday 22 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

Coast Arts Festival, Cromer Community Centre

Thursday 24 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

Firstsite Gallery, Colchester 07900921916

Friday 25 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

St George's Guildhall Kingslynn 01553 764864


Friday 1 November show 7pm

The Exchange Twickenham, London 020 8240 2399

Saturday 2 November show 7pm

Carnegie Hall, Thetford TBC 01842 751975

Thursday 21 November workshop 2pm show 7pm

Diss Corn Hall 01379 652241

Friday 22 November show 7pm

Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft 01502 589726 


Global Rhythm Festival, Ipswich

Global Rhythm Festival will not be held in Christchurch Park this year, but on Saturday 13th of July, the Cornhill, in the centre of Ipswich, will see a variety of fabulous music, awesome dance performances, and delicious food from around the world. 

Four local organisations; Peppery Productions, Global Village, Missile Sound and Arts La’Olam will be inviting local, regional and national artists to present, bringing us excellent music from around this beautiful world.

Ipswich Borough Council is generously supporting this event.

Times TBC, Saturday 13th July, Cornhill Ipswich,

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh : Mural Design Workshops


Thanks to funding from Women's Vote Centenary Grant Scheme, Arts La'Olam is working with Artful Skecha and Guru Nanak Gurdwara Ipswich this Saturday 15th December and next Saturday 22nd December 11-3pm.

Women and children from all communities are welcome, please bring a donation for the temple, a Langar lunch will be provided.

There will be an optional Punjabi class available during the workshop, and some Punjabi language will form part of the workshop.

We will be developing ideas for a mural honouring Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (8 August 1876 – 22 August 1948), a prominent suffragette who lived in Thetford, East Anglia.

This project celebrates East Anglia's connection to the Punjab and to the Women’s Centenary, 100 years of votes for women.

Ipswich Borough Council has granted permission for us to use a site on Ipswich Waterfront where the finished mural will be painted.

The group will benefit from art workshops where they will be encouraged to explore and enjoy creativity and talk about Princess Sophia Duleep Singh contribution to women's votes and women's voices in communities and civic life.

The finished mural design should be hand-painted, beautiful, of an excellent standard and at least 3mx6m, it will be painted in the Spring, in a prominent location near Ipswich Waterfront.

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Another Artist Call Out !!!! Mural Design Workshops in Prison

Artist call-out for paid opportunity to deliver mural design workshops in prison, and lead volunteers in painting finished mural.

Mural Painting / Street Art: Mural design workshops in prison and an urban mural commission for Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund. 

Timeframe: February-March 2019

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk.

Please send  your CV & examples of work by 20th December 2018

Competitive rates of pay offered including expenses.

Women's Centenary - Celebrating Princess Sophia Duleep Singh

An Indian Princess, daughter of the Maharaja, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, lived in Thetford one hundred years ago and she was a prominent Suffragette, leading demonstrations in London and contributing to the movement which gained Women’s Right to Vote.

Essex Cultural Diversity Project have asked Arts La’Olam to invite South Asian women in Ipswich to talk for an hour together about Community and Change, as part of the Women’s Centenary Celebrations across the UK

This Roundtable Discussion is part of a wider project exploring the story of Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh who lived in Norfolk after he was exiled from the Punjab) and her legacy in Votes for Women and women in politics. More about Princess Sophia can be found here

The project involves a series of roundtable discussions across Essex & Suffolk. Points from the conversations raised will feed into a women’s conference in Chelmsford in October

There is also a potential visit to the House of Commons in November, to which all of which the participants will be invited.

An invitation please feel free to share

An invitation please feel free to share


Ana Silvera Tour Dates 2017


We had a wonderful concert by Ana and Jasper in Ipswich last night, catch them if you can at future locations! 

09 Dec - Spring Bank, Derbyshire -  New Mills, High Peak SK22 4BH - Tickets & Info
10 Dec - Cafe #9, Sheffield - 9 Nether Edge Rd, S7 1RU - Tickets & Info  
11 Dec - St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich - College Street, IP1 1XF - Tickets & Info 
12 Dec - Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham - 17 York Rd, B14 7SA - Tickets & Info 
13 Dec - Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford - 34 Walton St, OX2 6AA - Tickets & Info

14 Dec - Grapevine @ Guildhall, Norwich - Guildhall Hill , NR2 1JS - Tickets & Info 
15 Dec - Cafe Kino, Bristol - 108 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RU - Tickets & Info
16 Dec - The Stables, Milton Keynes - Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU - Tickets & Info 

17 Dec - Green Note, London - 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN - Tickets & Info  


* all UK dates with double bassist Jasper Høiby 


With kind support from Arts Council England 


The Anna Mudeka Band will be celebrating their new album 'Dendende' with concerts, a BBC interview and a lecture in the coming months. Travelling to Peterschurch near Leominster with the support of local touring company Arts Alive, Creative Arts East and their respective community promotors, Anna will be playing with her six-piece band and letting loose Zimbabwean Mbira energy in rural Hereford, Essex, North Suffolk and Norfolk. Arts La'Olam is promoting the concerts including one at our very favourite venue Old Hall Community in East Bergholt, just down the road, we hope to see you at one of the concerts which promise Zimbabwean Mbira-driven rhythms, conga beat and six-string bass, music to dance to packed with melodies and uplifting songs in Swahili, Hindi and Shona. We are very excited to tell you that Anna has also been invited to interview on BBC World Service, and will be delivering an informal lecture on the musical traditions of Zimbabwe for Southburgh Festival of World Music neighbours in Cranworth Jubilee Hall.  Of course the superb album 'Dendende' recorded and produced by John Vigar at Tontena Music will be available to buy at all the events. 


Saturday 17th September, 7.30pm          



Saturday 24th September, 2pm      



Tuesday 4th October, 10am



Thursday 6th October, 7pm                    



Friday 7th October, 7pm                       



Saturday 8th October, 7.30pm               



Saturday 29th October, 12 noon- 1pm (family workshop)  / 2-3pm (family workshop) / 3.30-4.30pm (adults only)

ST JAMES POOL, KINGS LYNN  (drumming and singing workshops) 

Box Office 01553 764864  or in person at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange  

Tickets only £2 which can be reclaimed against 12th November performance tickets!!!


Friday 11th November, 7pm                    



Saturday 12th November, 7pm   



The Kaavad Picnic

Stories, Samosas and the Smallest Theatre in the World

Presented by Storyteller Seema Anand in collaboration with the notably British and wonderfully eccentric Grand Theatre of Lemmings, this trio of afternoon picnics in August  invites village communities across Essex to gather together for a feast of fables, fantasy, performance and percussion along with a complimentary samosa to delight the senses.

The Kaavad box is a centuries old storytelling medium hailing from Northern India; a small wooden shrine made up of panels and secret compartments, intricately decorated and illustrated which unfolds as the storyteller reveals epic tales of love, heartache, adversity and battles won and lost. The skill of the narrator and the craftsmanship of the Kaavad are art forms in their own right, techniques which have been embraced by the Manningtree based theatre group, The Grand Theatre of Lemmings and proprietors of the smallest theatre in the world. Transforming their two-seater playhouse into a giant Kaavad box, they will bring to life professional storyteller Seema Anand’s dramatic folktales with vibrancy, absurdity and humour. Providing an added flourish of energy and an intoxicating soundscape are the Bhangra DEA Dohl Drummers, virtuosos of India’s rich portfolio of stringed and percussive instruments who manage to honour tradition in a thoroughly modern context. This is an utterly unique opportunity to become immersed in the ancestral customs of Rajasthan translated through the multi-faceted talents of English and Anglo-Asian performers and instrumentalists.

Audience members are asked to bring their own picnics, rugs and cushions to enjoy the hour- long performance and then invited to participate in a workshop where they will create their own Kaavad box exploring their personal stories, demons and fairies. The events are completely free of charge and should rain stop play, will be relocated to adjoining venues.  The Essex Cultural Diversity Project in association with Arts La’Olam and generously supported by Arts Council England and Essex County Council Cultural Development is delighted to present this series of magical storytelling events that celebrate the heritage and lore of rural Rajasthan. 


Hurst Green Brightlingsea, 3pm, Saturday 27th August

Rowhedge Recreation Ground, 3pm, Sunday 28th August

Old Hall, East Bergholt, 3pm, Monday 29th August