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8 June 2017

Celebrating Carnival Mash Up 2017!

It’s raining this week in Leeds but last week we had our own early Summer fun bringing Carnival to life with children from all over Leeds.

Our ‘Masqueraders’ (the troupes name for the week) made their own Costumes, ‘Soco’ Danced with true Carnival style and attitude and Beat the SteelPan, all with the help of local experts from the Leeds West Indian Carnival scene.

We’d like to congratulate all our Masquerader’s and thank them for their energy and enthusiasm all week!

We’d also like to thank all of the creative staff who put in some much hard work, as well as our volunteers Taysia and Adeline who gave up their own spring break to give us a hand.

For more Carnival Mash Up and other activites please sign up to our newsletterGCF Insider’

We hope to see you again soon!

Selina, Umi and Kathleen

 

20 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Artist: Sammie Rutter

We interviewed Sammie Rutter about her career so far and what to expect from her Creative Café on ‘Street Dance’ on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
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How did you become an artist?

I have danced since the age of 3, taking part in community classes such as ballet, tap and modern. I soon began dancing competitively and was often placed in medal positions. This sparked my passion in dance and I went on to study a BTEC in Performance and then a dance degree.

Who and what inspires you?

Many things such as art, music, inspire me daily, other choreographers work but most of all, I am inspired by the students I work with, each group has their own style, strengths and flavour which is why each piece I create is so different.

What was the proudest moment of your career?

Recently, a group I teach at Leeds City College have auditioned and been accepted for FRESH 2017 and Breakin’ Convention Salford. I was extremely proud because many of the students involved have not performed in anything of this size before.

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

I think it is so difficult for young artists to access training, there are so many classes around but these can often be too expensive for them. Also, the competition has grown, particularly since the rise of TV talent shows, the amount of people auditioning for dance jobs has grown significantly.

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

Lots of fun and lots of energy.

Where can we find out more about you?

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

And don’t forget to Follow Sammie’s dance group! @EXPLOSIVE-UK

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13 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Associate Artist: Claudio Kron Do Brazil

We interviewed our Creative Associate Claudio Kron about his career so far and what to expect from his Creative Café on ‘Rhythm and Percussion’ on Thursday 16th March 2017.
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How did you become an artist?

C: I become an artist by curiosity and the urge and need to entertain myself and others subsequently.

Who and what inspires you?

C: People, nature, politics, history, geography, sounds, innovation, arts as an educational source

What was the proudest moment of your career?

C: In terms of grand performances and achievements!  When I took part in REFLECTIONS 200 years of abolition of the slavery trade in Ghana, alongside great artists including Geraldine Connor, Mustapha Tettey Addy, Hugh Massekela, London Gospel Choir in the presence of Ghana’s president John Kufuor
Also when I performed to the Brazilian president Lula da Silva in London and Accra.
Other times when I see people who somehow I know I had contributed.
My children engaging in my music passion, Not just for the sake for them been performance artist but to know something about music and arts

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

C: Many challenges, however the challenges are what make us a better artist! Not suffering

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

C: My passion to aspect of the art I see it as a whole!  Wanting to be part of it somehow!
In this one off workshop I want to show many things that affect the arts direct and indirectly! Links between Bahia the place I come from Brasil and Africa.
Demonstration of: Percussion, interactive songs, techniques, stories

Where can we find out more?

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

You can discover more about Claudio and his work at his websites:

www.claudiokron.com

www.papajaca.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJsaZEKDPe96pQx0T6wdmw

Or contact him for a chat via
Twitter: @claudiokron

 

7 March 2017

5 Minutes with an Associate Artist: Khadijah Ibrahiim

We interviewed our Creative Associate Khadijah Ibrahiim about her career so far and what to expect from her Creative Café on ‘Writing for Performance’ on Thursday 9th March 2017.

Khadijah Ibrahiim
Khadijah Ibrahiim

How did you become an artist?

K: I was introduced to the arts from a young age as I was involved in dance and theatre in and outside of school. I attended Intake school of performing arts so it was a natural progression to go into the arts. My mother, attended a writing group at Roseville art centre, and had her short story published. This inspired me, since I enjoyed writing stories, painting and drawing, and convinced my siblings or friends to be in my plays, or productions at school (and then later on in college and university). My grandparents were activists and were part of many campaigns in Chapeltown where artists often featured, and the basement of their home sometimes acted as a rehearsal space for musicians.

Who and what inspires you?

K: One of my early inspirations for poetry was the revolutionary Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, his poetry contained the social commentary of the 70s and 80s. Louise Bennett, another Jamaican poet and storyteller and singer-songwriter David Bowie were also key influences at the time. Other artists such as Jonzi D inspire me, and that of the works of Brazilian theatre maker Augusto Boal and his ‘theatre of the oppressed’. Everyday life inspires me, it is theatre in itself, especially the communities in which people live. I like the fact that an audience can be more than just ‘spectators’ they can be and should be spect-actors.

What was the proudest moment of your career?

K: When I finished my first full poetry collection ‘Another Crossing’ and launched as a one-woman show at the West Yorkshire playhouse. Writing the collection was extremely personal and it was a lesson in trusting myself and the quality of my work. One of my writing mentors Jacob Ross once said ‘these stories are not yours to keep, they belongs to the people’ in others words I needed to let go, so other people could enjoy the collection of poems.

What do you think are the challenges for young artists?

K: Being confident enough to engage in activities available to them, there are far more things now than there was at the beginning of my career. Having said that, opportunities can be geographically based and sporadic or inconsistent so more than often, young people may lack the courage and drive to go further afield and step out of their comfort zone to track them down. Many young people may feel, they don’t belong in certain art spaces or buildings, It’s up to, those arts organisations to find ways to make those changes.

What can we expect from your Creative Café workshop?

K: You should expect the excitement of writing and performing and the chance to explore your imagination through the use of visuals and text. You’ll have the freedom to experiment because there is no right or wrong in this workshop, here one can put any fear aside and put your creative mind and heart out there.

Where can we find out more?

 

To find out more about the Creative Café and register for updates CLICK HERE!

You can read more about Khadijah’s work ‘Another Crossing’ here:

http://www.peepaltreepress.com/books/another-crossing

British Council South Africa exchange http://badilishapoetry.com/khadijah-ibrahim/

Tedx Woman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUbiul6hduM

 

Don’t forget to check out Leeds Young Authors, established by Khadijah, which has received international acclaim and are the subject of the Multi award-winning documentary ‘We Are Poets’ which recently featured on the BBC

https://leedsyoungauthors.org/

https://www.youtube.com/user/LeedYoungAuthors 

15 January 2017

Announcing the Creative Café Introducing Sessions!

 

Zodwa Nyoni and Christella Litras
Zodwa Nyoni and Christella Litras

We are pleased to announce our first series of workshops in what promises to be a thrilling year full of new challenges and opportunities!

Our latest workshops are aimed at those aged 14 and over and will bring out your hidden talents! Focusing on technique and your own personal journey to help you become a multi-talented performer.

But we’re not alone, joining us in the workshops are our own multi-talented Creative Associate Artists! Their years of experience will be jam-packed into our 2 hour weekly sessions. Read more about our Artists here

The Line Up!

On Thursday 23rd February 6-8pm
Intro to: Singing & Vocal Technique with Christella Litras

On Thursday 2nd March, 6-8pm
Intro to: Creating Narrative with Zodwa Nyoni

On Thursday 9th March, 6-8pm
Intro to: Writing for Performance with Khadijah Ibrahiim

On Thursday 16th March, 6-8pm
Intro to: Rhythm & Percussion with Claudio Kron 

On Thursday 23rd March, 6-8pm
Intro to: Street Dance with Sammie Rutter

On Thursday 30th March 6-8pm
Intro to: Movement & Physical Theatre with TBC

 

 @Leeds City College, Park Lane Campus, Park Ln, Leeds LS3 1AA

Come along, explore your hidden talents and add those important extra touches to your portfolio

Register your interest here

Khadijah Ibrahiim and Claudio Kron
Khadijah Ibrahiim and Claudio Kron

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