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Meet our six Associate Artists for 2017-18. These organisations and individuals are working closely with us to deliver creative programmes throughout 2017 and beyond, with public-facing events, new commissions and learning and engagement programmes with young and local people. They have been selected because they represent the breadth and depth of our artistic programme, working across the artistic disciplines and with diversity at the heart of what they all do.
As well as presenting a programme of music, theatre, comedy, dance and visual arts from the Arab World and the Middle East, in 2017-18, Rich Mix and Arts Canteen are partnering on three festival initiatives. These are the inaugural London Arab Jazz Festival, Beirut and Beyond, and AWAN (Arab Women’s Artists Now). Rich Mix and Arts Canteen share a passion for developing and profiling brand new talent.
Baluji Shrivastav OBE and the Inner Vision Orchestra, made up entirely of visually-impaired artists, will be resident in Rich Mix’s main space, rehearsing and developing brand new material and offering workshops and masterclasses for the community. Throughout the year, the orchestra will be performing new materials as part of our artistic programme, as well as presenting collaborative works with other artists. The Baluji Music Foundation has been awarded an R&D for an International Commission by Unlimited.
Our primary partner on this year’s themed programme, Revolution17, Dash Arts and Rich Mix are presenting a year-round programme of talks, music, visual arts and theatre, drawing inspiration from the ex-Soviet Union. Highlights include May and June’s Dash Blaze concert series, June and July’s Dacha installation, and new commissions of music and theatre scheduled for the autumn. We are also working together on a Migrant Artists Programme (MAP), offering professional development for migrant artists. Our partnership is supported by PRSF.
Long-term friends and collaborators of Rich Mix, Numbi, will be working closely with us in 2017-18 to deliver a programme of music, spoken word, visual arts and workshops for the local community. Based in Tower Hamlets but with roots in Somalia and connections all over the world, Numbi share Rich Mix’s vision for bringing the global and the local closer together.
SJ Fowler is Rich Mix’s poet-in-residence for 2017, and will be curating a series of events throughout the year. His ongoing Enemies project will see new poetic collaborations between UK and overseas artists and in June 2017 – as part of our Revolution 17 series – he will be premiering an ambitious new piece of theatre, entitled Mayakovsky, part of the Land of Scoundrels event.
A brand new partnership for 2017, we are delighted to welcome our first resident orchestra. Tomorrow's Warriors will deliver a regular programme of family activities including jam sessions, open-rehearsals and masterclasses, whilst the Nu Civilisation Orchestra will rehearse and develop new work at Rich Mix. We are working together to jointly commission new work and collaborations with other artists.
[pictured: Nu Civilisation Orchestra)