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The Unremembered project

IMG_2934We’re pleased to have been commissioned to make a wreath for The Unremembered project in Hastings and St Leonards.
This is with the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.


We created the wreath with 22 older people who meet at the Elizabeth Blackman Centre in Hastings, East Sussex. The session was facilitated by Strike a Light Director Cath Tajima Powell and it went really well. We’re really pleased with how it’s turned out!

The Unremembered project background:
This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.
Who were the Labour Corps?

 Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.
 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.
British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.
Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.


 
 
 
 
 

That's all from AfrikaBa 2018!

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!

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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!
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AfrikaBa festival – tomorrow!


 
 
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)
FREE!
The Stade has level access and disabled toilets.

 
 
 
 

Strike a Light and free AfrikaBa events this month!

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 2 – 9pm.

Get updates on the activities here!

At the Stade, Hastings –
Saturday September 29th  2pm – 5.30pm
  • 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.

Stade Hall
Musa Mboob is at the Stade Open Space, Hastings – September 29th.
FREE concert starting at 7pm. 
Gambian master percussionist and lead vocalist Musa Mboob brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro Manding fusion and tantalizing traditional West African rhythms stem from the deep roots of vibrant life and cultures of the smiling coast of Africa.
Blending and fusing the traditional instruments with modern electronic guitars to meet the demand of the 21st century diaspora, Musa has earned himself a reputation of a true entertainer and a master of the art through his creativity and innovative approach to the new style of West African Music. Come and share in the vibrant music from the smiling coast of Africa.

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AfrikaBa cinema!
All screenings at Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings Old Town – October 5th and 6th.

5th October:
Betty – They Say I’m Different 
The story of Funk Queen with Q&A with the film’s director. 8pm £7/8
6th October:
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  • Black Panther film screening – Noon (12pm).                                            All tickets only £5! With a 12A rating this is for young people and the young at heart.

 
 
 
 
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  • STASH a HKB FiNN film + performance by HKBFiNN + Q&A
    Film Duration 1hr 48 mins
    Event starts 7.30pm

    HKB FiNN will do a live set followed by a screening of his new film Stash.

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.

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!
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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!
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New Strike a Light Associates

Strike a Light hosts a dedicated group of related Associates who include specialists in an extensive range of related professional areas from Production Management to Arts Production to Teaching, and Administration.
This way of working means that we are flexible and adaptable, creating a bespoke team for each project. This has led us to a more efficient and economical way of working. We are a practical, friendly, and approachable team  – we care about what we do and we it shows!
We’re pleased to announce our new Associates for Strike a Light:

Associates:

Sam CarrollDr Sam Carroll managed Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty project from August 2013 to January 2014 and also took on the role of Heritage and Education Resource Facilitator, producing the learning resource and booklet “Ale Tales”.
Sam specialises in Life History Research with a wide range of experience in both the academic and community arenas across many research projects as trainer, tutor, project worker, project manager, student mentor and consultant. She has taught on post-graduate programmes at the University of Sussex and open courses at the Mass Observation Archive. She is the Community Heritage Researcher for the AHRC funded Gateways to the First World War Engagement Centre (University of Kent) and the Administrator for the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton). 

ef1f038bc5f37e201b988d243e3a8f19Clare Hankinson has collaborated with Strike a Light on creative heritage projects in Brighton since 2010 as event organiser, project coordinator, and fundraiser. She is currently the Audience Development Manager – Older People for Fabrica, Brighton to engage older people with contemporary art.

Through this and her parallel Project Manager role, she works with artists and facilitators to explore different ways of meeting and engaging audiences, through exhibitions and events at Fabrica, other arts venues and in the community.  She is also a freelancer and artist in her own right and runs her own creative practice in a studio at Phoenix Brighton.
IMG_0068Cath Tajima-Powell worked most recently on Strike a Light’s Ale and Hearty Heritage Lottery Funded project. She has a wide base of experience working in accessible heritage events and  community projects as well as art festivals and  creative industries.
Direct engagement and good communication are the keystones for her contribution on many successful projects such as Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Stade Development, Ale and Hearty, the Martlett (HLF projects),  and Heritage Open Days. As founder of a popular local lifestyle magazine and brand she also has excellent marketing and fundraising skills.

Luan biog picLuan Blake has worked with freelancers from Strike a Light in various capacities. She is currently working on her new large scale project called Machine Women, drawing out theunheard voices and experiences of female factory workers and machinists in the UK. The project includes research, oral testimonies, clog dancing, film, installation and performance.

Luan is a performance practitioner, and was the Artistic Director of Ragroof Theatre from 2000-2012 (www.ragrooftheatre.co.uk). She led Ragroof to deliver many successful touring, heritage and participatory theatre projects in the South-East, the UK and internationally. Luan is also a freelance teacher, project manager, and volunteer co-ordinator, working within the arts and heritage sector.