Strike a Light are delighted to be partnering with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture. AfriKàBa is an annual festival that showcases high quality work from artists with African and Caribbean heritage and engages audiences with unique and enriching experiences.
We’ve got funding to provide free activities that positively promote African Caribbean culture, crafts and food. These will take place on 29th September at Stade Hall, Hastings from 12 – 7pm.
Our program offers the following:
- African Caribbean inspired craft activities for the public, all ages and backgrounds.
- Musical workshops
- Storytelling for families
- Demonstration in hairstyling
- Demonstration and tasting of African Caribbean cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.
We will also be offering the following activity at the Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings Old Town on the 6th October:
- A morning matinee with activities and film screening for children – new Black Panther film at 11am
- An evening performance of Stash a film geared to a more mature audience. The evening performance will be from HKBFINN artist.
STASH a HKB FiNN film + performance by HKBFiNN + Q&AFilm Duration 1hr 48 minsEvent starts 7pm
STASH is a film about a group of degenerates who live outside of society. The film centres on Stephanie having difficulties with love, life, her sanity & her safety. The film portrays the complexity of women in powerful positions, recognising that strength and power can also come wrapped in soft coating and vulnerability.
- Funding for the films and performance will allow a heavily reduced ticket price to £5. We also offer free tickets to young people.
The performance will be with HKBFinn a spoken word artist with a difference. His work explores the connections between cultures. His music is a unique combination of Jazz, Hip Hop & World Music. FiNN blends this mixture with Poetry on a range of topics from love to spiritual upliftment creating a unique soundscape that is fresh and somehow familiar.
An engaging performer, HKB FiNN has collaborated with a number of musical luminaries including:- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Nojazz, Roots Manuva, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, Nitin Sahwney, Kasse Mady Diabate, Tunde Jegede, The Royal Opera House, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and many more. HKB FiNN is a cultural ambassador from the UK who has performed in over 25 countries.
Background to our project
AfriKàBa started October 2010 in Hastings. It was conceptualised and delivered by Gwyneth Wint, supported by funding from Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council and other strategic partners.
AfriKàBa works with schools, colleges, academies and libraries to give children and young people the opportunity to experience the rich diversity of Africa and learn of her universal legacy.
AfriKàBa also programs an exciting, annual program for Black History Month, a time to challenge clichéd ideas, re-contextualise history, and regain perspective on the rich and diverse continent that is Africa, showing her strengths and contributions seen in culture, creativity, in resources, minerals, scientific discovery and the legacy in her children across the world.
We’ve been lucky to receive funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust to deliver these activities and for this many thanks!