The Hoop Awards recognise and celebrate the the family activity organisers that go above and beyond to entertain, educate and inspire children nationwide. Tell us who has had the biggest impact for you and your child in the last twelve months.
Vote and automatically be entered to win £500 to spend on family classes and activities in 2019!
Winners will be contacted by Monday 10th April, 2019
Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The University of Birmingham Centre is a joint initiative across the Midlands with Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester, and further afield with Cardiff University, University of Durham, Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University.
The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and supports a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is bowing out until the new year to have a well earned break.
Thank you to everyone who’s been involved with our activities and projects in 2018, whether through being a participant, a volunteer, a freelancer, a director or attending a course. It’s been great to work with you all and we’ve very much enjoyed it!
We’ll be back from 4th January 2019 with lots of new events, and look forward to seeing you then.
That’s AfrikaBa for another year! Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to our varied cultural activities in Hastings in September and October.
We hope to see you again in 2019!
Strike a Light partnered with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture, alongside Hastings Borough Council, and the Electric Palace Cinema.
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 had funding to provide free activities that positively promote African Caribbean culture, crafts and food including:
African Caribbean family activities for the public, all ages and backgrounds.
Drumming and singing workshops
Storytelling for families
Demonstration and tasting of East African cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.
We received funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust to deliver these activities and for this many thanks!
BLACK PANTHER – Film Screening
We’re showing this Marvel film through the AfrikaBa festival as part of Black History Month UK this Saturday 6th October 2018 at Electric Palace, Hastings
DIRECTOR: RYAN COOGLER
CAST INCLUDES: CHADWICK BOSEMAN, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, LUPITA NYONG’O
All Tickets only £5
A special showing of this widely acclaimed superhero and African extravaganza, featuring outstanding acting, memorable action sequences, and surprising depth.
A young king T’Challa returns home to claim his rightful place but faces treachery and conflict. He must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther.
Set in the secret land of Wakanda, a high tech futuristic vision is combined with a thumping score by Kendrick Lamar and Ludwig Göransson.
“Warriors both male and female fight for control of a vividly rendered African kingdom in this handsome superhero epic” – 4 stars, The Observer http://www.afrikaba.co.uk
We’ll be showing the film Stash with musician HKB FiNN at the Electric Palace, Hastings this Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm as part of the AfrikaBa Festival.
A group of degenerates live outside of society. STASH centers on Stephanie having difficulties with love, life, her sanity and her safety. The film portrays the complexity of women in powerful positions, recognizing that strength and power can also come wrapped in soft coating and vulnerability. HKB FiNN is a pioneering spoken word artist whose work explores universal themes of despair, joy, hope and re-affirmation of our shared humanity.
As a musician and composer, his sound encompasses Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues and Reggae. Collaborations have included: Nitin Sahwney, Nojazz, Robert Mitchell, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tunde Jegede Ensemble, The Royal Opera House, Orphy Robinson, Electro & Ntoumos.
You saw him perform previously to a full house at Electric Palace. Come hear him again introduce this his latest feature film ‘STASH’.
All tickets £10
Part of AfriKaBa Festival http://www.afrikaba.co.uk
BETTY: THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT
A filmic blend of documentary and animation tracing the path of the free-spirited Black Power Goddess.
PLUS Q&A WITH DIRECTOR PHILIP COX
Betty changed the landscape for female artists in America. She “was the first…” as former husband Miles Davis said.“Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince”.
An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music.
She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles – startlingly turning him from jazz to funk. Without Betty there would not be “Bitches Brew”. She then, despite being banned and boycotted, went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before. Then suddenly – she vanished.
Creatively blending documentary and animation this movie traces the path of Betty’s life, how she grew from humble upbringings to become a fully self-realised black female pioneer the world failed to understand or appreciate.
After years of trying, the elusive Betty, forever the free-spirited Black Power Goddess, finally allowed the filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations.
A great way to celebrate Black History Month! Booking here:https://www.electricpalacecinema.com/whats-on/betty-they-say-im-different
Strike a Light are delighted to be partnering with AfriKàBa, the Hastings based festival of African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture. AfrikaBa takes place tomorrow – 29th September at Stade Hall, Hastings TN34 3DW from 2 – 9pm. All events FREE! Afternoon from 2 – 6pm
FREE family activities Stade Hall and Classroom on the Coast
Musical and singing workshops
Storytelling for families
Demonstration and tasting of authentic East African cooking at the flagship facility Classroom on the Coast.
Evening 7 -9pm – AfriKaBa at Stade Saturdays
FREE concert Musa Mboob & Xam Xam
Gambian master percussionist Musa Mboob comes to the Stade Hastings bringing an electrifying fusion of traditional West African rhythms with modern electronic guitars. Come and share in the vibrant music from the smiling coast of Africa. (special guest appearance by Vocal Explosion and Dende)
The Stade has level access and disabled toilets.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage CIC is a community arts and heritage organisation based in Brighton, working across Sussex.