Art is The Cure (AITC)

Had a meeting this morning with Rich Simmons and Graham over at the Art is The Cure HQ in Norwood Junction. There studio is awesome, floor to ceiling murals and amazing street art propped up all over the place, as well as covering every possible surface.


Am pleased to be able to announce that 4WD Foundation will be working in partnership with AITC and Ignite on a few youth projects based at AITC HQ this summer. For more info on Art is The Cure watch this short (pretty old school!) video featuring founder Rich Simmons:

Tomorrow Rich will be creating a street piece outside the Opera Gallery prior to featuring alongside the likes of Banksy and D*Face at The Street Art Show, which he has kindly invited me and Goldie to! My first ever art gallery private party invite! Apparently Hugh Grant is on the guest list and there is free champagne…

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It’s time to UP THE TEMPO!

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE HERE: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

Feel free to blog about the event and use the above flyers! Let us know if you do so we can big you up.

UP THE TEMPO

Over the last few months I have been organising a music industry insight event for young people in Croydon.

SUCCESS IN MUSIC NEEDS INSIGHT.. YOU WANT IT? WE’VE GOT IT!

UP THE TEMPO a free music industry information event for young people 13-21 in Croydon

Saturday 5th February 2-6pm

Industry panel: G FrSH / NU BRAND / YASMIN / CHANTELLE FIDDY / JAK FrSH / ASHLET McDERMOTT

Taster workshops: DJing / Music production / Vocal coaching / MPC demo

There is an open mic session too so you can show Croydon what you’ve got!

If you’re 13-21 register your place here: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

If you’re an org who runs youth music activities register here: http://bit.ly/f3op8B

Follow us on Twitter: @UpTheTempoEvent
Follow our hardworking crew on Twitter here: @UpTheTempoCrew
Here is our event page on Facebook

Please spread the word to any young people who might be interested.

Thank you!

DESTROYDON!

DESTROYDON by Richard DeDomenici

Just brilliant!

Save the Arts in Croydon!

The Clocktower Arts Centre in Croydon along with its Arts Participation programme is facing massive cuts and possible closure in 2011.

The council is considering five options for the future of the Arts Service in Croydon. These options range from keeping everything the same (saving no money) to cutting almost all service functions.

Options 3 and 4 will affect the Arts Participation function AKA “Clocktower arts participation activities for young people, people with learning disabilities, refugees and schools“.

Arts Participation at The Clocktower delivers a range of projects including Club Soda events run by people with learning disabilities, IGNITE arts events run by and for young people, Perpanata a theatre company for young refugees, as well as year round opportunities for local schools to workshop with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre and arts companies.

If Arts Participation in Croydon were cut it would mean: Read more of this post

Marketing Apprenticeships in the Live Arts!

If you live in Croydon, are aged 18-25 and love the arts, live music and want to gain invaluable work experience in the live arts marketing industry then I have the perfect opportunity for you!

Clocktower Arts are looking for 10 Founding Members to start up the Marketing Collective – a dynamic and vibrant team of young Croydonians from underrepresented groups who can help widen youth participation in the arts and want to learn about below-the-line marketing. The Marketing Collective will be working with the Clocktower Arts marketing team, a dedicated team of industry professionals.

Read more of this post

Calling Amateur Film Makers in Croydon!

Live or work in Croydon? Fancy yourself as an amateur film maker? Enter the I am Here film competition!

As part of the Are We Here? Festival taking place in Croydon this November,  the I am Here film competition provides YOU with the opportunity to showcase your film making talent by recording a short film on your mobile phone or camera about yourself, your surroundings and / or how you are influenced by them.

To enter the competition your edited film must be e-mailed to fq5dbycafypf@m.youtube.com with your Name and 4WD in the file title and it will then automatically be uploaded onto the Are We Here YouTube channel.

Winning films will be picked by a panel of Film, Media and Music industry professionals and be screened at the Croydon Clocktower in an ongoing exhibition.

Are We Here? is organised by Clocktower Arts and is a festival of film, music, theatre and art exploring notions of place and identity set against a backdrop of the massive programme of urban regeneration taking place in Croydon. There is a fantastic programme of live music throughout the month of November, please check out the Facebook page for full details.

SOWETO!

I love this guy. *BUFFER*

Took my lil sis to see the multi-award winning Alton Saxophonist /Rapper Soweto Kinch perform an intimate set yesterday night and his unique fusion of sexy sax and sharp tongued lyrics against a backdrop of live Jazz (THE BASS! THE DOUBLE BASS!) took us on a truly magical musical journey.

Here’s an example of what we were blessed with:

Not only an outstanding musician, he is also socially conscious; heading up the Flyover Show – an annual free inner-city open air concert for his home town- Birmingham’s young people. Next one is May 29th 2010.

What a G.

Croydon Week of Peace

Croydon Safer Partnership asked me to give a speech at the Croydon Week of Peace Launch event at the Town Hall.

It was a real honour to speak from the same podium as Reverend Nims Obunge, the Founder of the Peace Alliance.

I spoke about how my personal experiences have inspired me to set up 4WD and start working with young people to create pro-active solutions to social problems such as youth under-achievement, hostility and violence.

Check out the BBC’s article on the event and my interview HERE.