Thanks to Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough Council funding, these inspiring artists will lead a six-week completely free arts activity where everyone is welcome - all ages, all abilities, all levels of English speaking - to come and tell their own stories and experience Nigerian and Ghanian heritage storytelling, percussion and drumming.
Griot Chinyere is from a long line of storytellers and shamans. She is continuing and exemplifying her family traditions and skills, she is a leading storyteller and the storytelling festival founder of Nne Agwu Afrakan: The First Afrakan Storytelling Festival in Britain. Abass Dodoo comes from The Family of Royal Master Ghanaian Drummers and he is a world-wide touring drummer who founded and is director of One Drum; the most famous West African drumming troupe in Britain.
Ipswich workshops will be on Monday mornings at The Smokehouse, 6 South Street from 10-12 noon starting on the 22nd of May until the 26th of June.
Colchester workshops will be held at Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, every Wednesday evening from 7pm-9pm starting on the 24th of May until the 28th of June. Those honouring the festival of Ramadan are welcome to break their fast with us.
Sociable and Interactive Storytelling and Percussion Workshops in Ipswich and Colchester:
Every Monday 10am -12 noon The Smokehouse, 6 South Street, Ipswich Please book in advance: text or call 07990 802776
Every Wednesday 7-9 pm Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester Please book in advance: text or call 07990 802776
Performances at Community and Creative Events During the Summer:
Broom Hill Library, Ipswich Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 1pm
Ipswich County Library Multicultural Day Sat 24th June 10.30am
New Wolsey Studio Theatre, Georges St, Ipswich (tickets £5 - 01473 295900) Sat 24th June 2pm
Big Sunday, Lewis Gardens, Colchester Sun 2nd July 12 noon
Global Rhythms Festival, Christchurch Mansion Sat 8th July 12.30 noon
Festival of Rice and Spice, Firstsite, Colchester Sun 9th July 12 noon
Info and Advance Bookings (essential for workshops): 07990 802776
With special thanks to our partners and encouragers, your every moment of support is recognised and highly appreciated; Colchester Arts Centre, Firstsite, African Families in the UK, East Anglian Indian Association, Refugee Action Colchester, Karibu, Ipswich and Suffolk Racial Equality Council, Ipswich Community Media, Peppery Productions, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich YMCA, Suffolk Libraries, Signals Media Arts, Ipswich Borough Council, P.H.O.E.B.E.
And many thanks to the funders who have enabled us to create a top-quality arts activity with incredible artists, completely free for the benefit of local individuals and communities; Arts Council England, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Colchester Borough Council.
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ROOM TO MOVE !
February Half Term! Three Days of African and Chinese Music Fusion for 5-17 year olds!
Swirling Ribbons, Harp String Melodies, Drumming, Strumming and Singing.
An introduction to West African and Chinese Music with super musicians Sefo Kanuteh, Ling Peng, Hilary Cornell and Josh Doughty.
Participants who attend all three days can achieve nationally recognised qualification Arts Award.
Sunday 12th February 2017 10-4pm
The Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
Monday 13th February 2017 10-4pm
Firstsite Gallery, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Tuesday 14th February 2017 10-4pm (Performance for Parents 3.15pm)
Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF
Please bring a packed lunch
Information: Daisy 07990 802776 www.la-olam.com
To book visit www.colchesterartscentre.com or call 01206 500 900
An Arts La'Olam and Colchester Arts Centre Project generously funded by Essex Music Education Hub and supported by Firstsite, The Mercury Theatre, Still Waters Church, The Colchester Community Chinese School, African Families in the UK, Refugees Welcome, Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Colchester Community Voluntary Services ..... more news to follow shortly....
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
CRANWORTH, NORFOLK (lecture)
Saturday 12th November, 7pm
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
ROOM TO MOVE: World Music Workshops for Children
Announcing our exciting new project funded by Essex Music Services, Essex County Council.
Arts La’Olam and Colchester Arts Centre Present:
Let’s make ROOM TO MOVE! Let’s create space to celebrate intercultural musical fusion. A special series of participatory music workshops within an enriching, creative environment. Lead by internationally recognised musicians, this is a dynamic experience for young people from 5-17 years to explore World Music and composition of Chinese & West African music, using African Djembe drums and Chinese instruments.
VENUE: COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
DATE: 21 AUGUST 2016
TICKETS: All Tickets £4 - available through Colchester Arts Centre
01206 500 900 www.colchesterartscentre.com
TIME: Doors 10.30am, starts 11am, finishes 4pm
AGE: Suitable for all ages over 5 to 17 years : Limited capacity, advance booking recommended.
Part of Colchester Arts Centre’s Kids Summer Arts Music Festival World Music Weekender with artists Sefo Kanuteh, Ling Peng, Josh Doughty and Hilary Cornell.
An introduction to African and Chinese musical fusion accompanied by swirling ribbons and harp string melodies, drumming and strumming with optional dance and a hundred Chinese instruments to try. Please bring a packed lunch.
This pilot event will lead to a Arts Award accredited three-day music workshop which will take place in Half Term February 2017 in three leading arts venues in Colchester;
Sunday 12th February The Mercury Theatre10-4pm
Monday 13th February Firstsite 10-4pm
Tuesday 14th February Colchester Arts Centre 10-4pm
Gambian Master Kora musician with 20 years experience in international performance in theatres and music venues with high profile artists from West Africa including Baaba Maal and Vieux Farka Toure.
Chinese Classical Musician and Chinese cultural education professional. Ling has worked extensively in schools and with regional art organisations. Her contribution to the popularisation of Chinese music and access to Chinese culture in general has been repeatedly recognised by the Arts Council England.
Kora musician and community education workshops facilitator.
Musician, Percussionist, Essex Music Service tutor, cajon and ukulele player, singer songwriter and performer, music workshop facilitation in schools
Many thanks to our community partners:
Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Colchester Welcome Refugees Colchester Campaign, Tendring And Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership and Colchester Community Voluntary Services (CCVS) and associated Multi Ethnic Forum, Colchester Chinese Culture Society/Colchester Chinese Culture School, African Families in The UK CIC and Colchester Still Waters Church.
Many thanks to our venue partners: Firstsite Gallery and The Mercury Theatre.
How exciting! Anna Mudeka has been invited not once but TWICE this year to Latitude Festival, We really hope to see you if you can come and say hello. We'll be at the WaterAid Stage at 12 noon (Anna Solo) and at the BBC Introducing Stage hosted by Bob Harris, Lopa Kothari and Max Reinhardt at 5.30pm, both shows are on Sunday 17th July 2016.... http://www.latitudefestival.com/news/announcing-new-bbc-introducing-stage.... sure to be a treat !
Southburgh Festival of World Music near Thetford is in its 7th year, growing from strength to strength - with ever more exiting line-ups and workshop programmes from year to year. We realised people are travelling to the festival which has been billed as "WOMAD's little sister" and less than 50% of the visitors are from the local area. So Southburgh Festival and Arts La'Olam are embarking on a new community project arm of the festival in an effort to engage with the local people and further enable them to come and celebrate the whole world of music, art and food which is on their doorstep.
Namvula and Samia both have years of experience of delivering creative singing workshops, drawing on their musical heritages of Zambia and Pakistan with voice, Guitar, Tabla and Tanpura. We have commissioned them to work together for the first time, creating a Zambian-Pakistani Fusion in the process, teaching local people their original and traditional songs, and creating pop-up choirs for the festival!
This project is generously supported by Arts Council England, Norfolk County Council and Breckland District Council as well as local businesses and volunteers.
See the events page for specific details, and we would love it if you come too to sing with the neighbours of Southburgh Festival !
7th May 8pm £donations Leydon Gallery London E1 7LE www.leydengallery.com 0207 655 4825
12th/19th May (invitation only) Southall Black Sisters London
14th May 7.30pm Usurp Gallery £donations London HA1 4EB www.usurp.org.uk 0208 426 6264
27th May 8pm with Bharatnatyam dancer Anne Tiburtius £8 The Cut Halesworth IP19 8BY http://newcut.org/events/entry/4310 01986 873285
10th/17th June (invitation only) 4women Resource Centre Colegate, Norwich
6th July 8pm with Bharatnatyam dancer Anne Tiburtius £2/5/8/10 Norwich Arts Centre NR2 4PG www.norwichartscentre.co.uk 01603 660352
8th/9th July Drum Camp Bungey Suffolk http://www.drumcamp.co.uk 07770 740708
29th/30th July Southburgh Festival of World Music Norfolk IP25 7SU http://southburghfestival.co.uk 07879 493845
2nd Sept 6pm with Bharatnatyam dancer Anne Tiburtius £donations Asylum Undercroft Norwich NR2 1NH email@example.com 07982 238190
Essex Cultural Diversity Project's Indi Sandu and the Cultural Development Team of Essex County Council hosted a fantabulous event on the 3rd of April modelled on Arts La'Olam's Music on the Mayflower project from 2010. With little responsibility for the project aside from day management assistance I could roll up and see good friends like Efua Sey (pictured rocking it in lime green) and the Efua Sey Cultural Academy girls and boys dancing to expert percussionists and drummers from Ghana. Efua's school runs every Saturday in Harlow. Pictured also is BrazilArte from Southend and this was the very hot warm up session in the waiting room at Wickford Train Station. Wickford and Southminster train stations and three train carriages were decorated with flags and bunting, and passengers were treated to either West African or Brazillian rhythms, Kora (West African Harp) or Sitar. There was curry on sale on the station platform and mesmerising Bollywood Dance in the car park at Southminster. Ticket collectors dressed up in Punjabi robes and waistcoats and a wild and wonderful day was had by all - celebrating Global connections, music food and art on an underused train line.
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