Continuing to the end of June, highlights from our spring programme dig in to East London’s fertile ground for expression and creativity.
Now open in our new Gallery space, Lost Dreams is an exhibition in partnership with Simon Wheatley, looking through the eyes of today’s young East London photographers. Next month, Dam Van Huynh presents In Realness, an artistic dance collage of sounds, collected texts, and movement that resists the status quo.
We’ll have theatre with The Art of Fake News, combining visual art, talks, film, performance and music presented by a group of Latin American and European artists to debate culture and raise awareness of the phenomenon and effects of fake news. Tomisin Adepeju hosts a screening of BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated short films for Otherness: Interrogating the Politics of Racial Identity in Modern Britain.
Stepney Heritage Project presents Home Seamstresses – The Untold Stories of First Generation, with a book launch, exhibition and theatre based on the experiences of Bangladeshi seamstresses during 1975-1995. We’ll have more cinema from He’s Vulnerable When, a powerful documentary exploring the journey of Black mens’ healing and vulnerability in the UK. Natalie Davies’ Full English uses first hand accounts to piece together stories from migrant workers arriving in England in the 1950s. And Stuck in the Lift brings us a salon-style scratch night, with a performative playground for five local artists testing their latest work and experiments.
Later into the programme we’ll be welcoming El Waili, Zaid Khaled, Idreesi and Donia Waelll for a showcase of singers from Egypt and Jordan, produced by Marsm. Then in the final weeks of Re-Rooted, the Flamenco Festival 2022 arrives with Cuerpo Nombrado.
After an incredible beginning to the programme with the likes of Dialled In, Certain Blacks and Passing Gloves, we’re so excited for more live music, theatre, spoken word and community events celebrating our roots, as well as new shoots of creative connections.
JAN – APR 2022
Live events are back at Rich Mix with a programme featuring our usual heady mix of art forms (performance, music, spoken word, comedy, visual art, talks and more!) where we platform art that has something to say about the world we’re living in. As we heal and grow new roots, let us celebrate creative expression and culture, the talent that is unearthing and delve into the deep connections of our rich history.
Themes of collective creativity kick-off with the return of London Short Film Festival in January, boasting (and we don’t say this lightly) something for everyone. Look out for some cross-artform nights in Juju Stories + Ese & The Vooduu People, the infamous Sketch Night, an audio-visual project with artists from the Asian diaspora Baesianz: super☆sonic, plus a symposium of visuals, music and discussion on underground Black British music of the 80s and 90s in UK Blak.
We have some fresh new events and partnerships including Staging Decadence, where artists and speakers will gather for a salon-style evening, as well as Dialled In who showcase the vast talent in UK’s South Asian underground. Art collective Daytimers are also new to our programme, digging into the fertile ground of poetry and spoken word. The Mollusc Dimension brings us Asians Have Feelings Too filled with transformative tales and rebel songs whilst we get our visual art fix with Passing Gloves – an immersive exhibition on lost stories of Jewish boxers.
We’re bringing back some favourites… yes Jawdance returns! Plus London Remixed Festival, and Love Music Hate Racism’s concert celebrating UN Anti-Racism Day. Rich Mix Residents Wired4Music will also be celebrating music by their 16-25 year old members. The best in live and underground music are back in The Stage.
We also welcome back All Purpose LDN whose intimate evenings of rising Black talent provided some much-needed collective healing in 2021. We’ll also be feeling the power of the collective and shared experiences with DON’T SLEEP ON US, Numbi Arts, The Hen-nah Party and Arab Women Artist Now Festival presented by Arts Canteen.
Our friends Certain Blacks explore what it is to be British and diverse with Shipbuilding Festival, featuring contemporary dance from Alleyne Dance, DICK – One Man in 1000, poet Abstract Benna and Black Sheep by Livia Kojo Alour.
For families, we have our regular creative fun workshops, including Mwalimu Express bringing us African family adventures, a theatre-show developed by Discover Children’s Story Centre, and a special Everyone a Maker – Lunar New Year‘s Chinese Ribbon Dance and movement session.
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