Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Join writers and poets for a lively evening of spoken word, literature and tales from around the world.

With special guests Umi Sinha (Milton Keynes), Colin Grant (Crawley) and Hannah Lowe (Crawley) and live DJ set from the legendary African Night Fever.

Food & drink by donation, books for sale.

Milton Keynes – Fri 10 March, 7-8.30pm @ MKGallery
Crawley  – Thurs 18 May, 7.30-9pm @ Crawley Library, part of WORDfest

Free entry

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Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne

Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne

 

Latin Voices Live! 2014

November brings the usual assortment of ghoulish treats, and what better way to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos than to join a traditional Latin celebration, with a modern twist?

This year, we are pleased to be involved with two events – MEXSAS’s Dia De Muertos on 30 October at Sussex University campus and Ghost Worlds on Friday 28 November at Eastbourne’s Towner.

MEXSAS Dia De Muertos

Thursday 30 October 2014
Sussex University, Mandella Hall (Falmer House)

Music, culture, dance, food, this Sussex University society party has it all. Performances will take place from Pollito Boogaloo, dance performance by Eduardo Santiago’s Atlachinolli Pre-hispanic Aztec Dance Group. Plus face painting, Latin readings and Mexican food including the traditional Pan de Muertos. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

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Ghost Worlds

Friday 28 November 2014
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

Latin DJ party, ghost stories, workshops, talks and films explore photography, cinema and the uncanny across 2 floors at Towner. With a nod to Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, the night will also bring to life ghost worlds through arts & craft, face painting and decor.

  • Spooky storytelling from Umi Sinha, Tara Gould & others in a candle-lit room
  • Latin DJ set from Portuguese DJ AndreiA (http://www.mixcloud.com/andreiabambo/)
  • Facepainting in Day of the Dead style or other Halloween ghouls
  • Plus a specially decorated Mexican ofrenda (altar) to honour the dead

Curated by Amy Zamarripa Solis (Grit Lit , Writing Our LegacyLatin Voices Live!) in partnership with Mexican Students Society at Sussex (MEXSAS)

Tickets now on sale £6/£5 conc./£4.50 members
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Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

 print_innervisionsposterEvery writer has their own special soundtrack that inspires them, whether it’s the music that they listened to in their teens or the music that gets them in that calm and chilled out place as an adult. Well, we’ve got a night that will get you inspired to write, read and rock n roll all at the same time.

We are working with Crawley Black History Foundation to produce a special event called Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, which is part of the Crawley Wordfest, a two-week long festival that takes place in Crawley from 16 to 28 March 2013.

The night runs on 20 March 7.30 to 9pm and is free entry, with world cuisine food and drink (wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverage) for sale.

Update: Authentic Caribbean food from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen will be on sale on the night. Jerk chicken and vegetable curry plates will be on sale for £6 each, accompanied by rice, salad and more.

I’m really thrilled that we are returning to the fab Crawley Library to do another unique event that makes writing and literature, in all its different shapes and sizes, fun and accessible to a wide range of audiences, showcasing local Black and ethnic minority talent.

For this event, we’ve got historian and author Colin Grant reading from &I, The Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers and talking about the music that informed his book: ska, reggae and the mento that fuelled the music of Jamaica.

We’ve also also got the totally compelling Rounke Coker, a Nigerian writer and storyteller, who will be writing a new short story based on the influence of Western music in Nigeria in decades past, with Bob Marley’s music playing a prominent role. Expect to laugh your socks off!

Gregory Dax will be performing, playing popular Black music taking you through the decades. Set to be an inspiring and intimate night.

Presented by Crawley Black History Foundation & Writing Our Legacy  as part of Crawley Wordfest

Inner Visions, Wednesday 20 March, 7.30-9pm. With Colin Grant, Rounke Coker and Gregory Dax. Catering from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen, with plates at £6. Drinks for sale. To book your free place, go to http://crawleyinnervisions.eventbrite.co.uk