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Dr Blighty – Brighton activities

Strike a Light has just finished the schools and activity delivery of the Dr Blighty project for Nutkhut after a hectic six weeks in Brighton and Hove! Last we we rounded things up with a trip to the Royal Pavilion with curator Kevin Bacon who gave the Brighton and Hove Home Education Group pupils a talk about Indian Soldiers in the city during World War I.
Following this, we ran a day of creative activities along the theme of Dr Blighty at Jubilee Library which was a drop in for families and children. We hung up saris, played Diwali and Bollywood music and had help from two artists who worked with participants to create Rangoli mandalas, Indian posters and Kandil lanterns. We had 75 children in sessions, so it was a hectic but lovely day.
We are now concentrating on creating a Key Stage 2 and 3 Education Pack about the theme and which once it’s completed in January 2017, will then go out to all city schools for use in the future and promote the BME history of WWI in the city.
You can see some of the event images below.

Dr Blighty schools workshops


We’ve been having a lovely time this month with local artists going in to schools across Brighton and Hove to deliver a variety of themed arts workshops with children and young people as part of the wider Dr Blighty project.
We’ve created seven different themes to engage young people in the city linking to Indian soldiers in Brighton in WWI, including making Diwali shadow puppets, creating memorials, offering Kandil lanterns and finding out more about the men who came here through a series of centenary biographies.
Find out more about the project as a whole through the organisation Nutkhut who’ve contracted us to deliver these sessions.

Free Diwali events – Black History Month Family Day Celebration


Sunday 30th October 10am-5pm 
We’ll be delivering free drop in Diwali themed activities for Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project at this family day at the Brighton Dome on Sunday 30th October. A free all day, family celebration, taking place in Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.
Join in this annual all-day celebration of local arts and heritage. With a multitude of free children’s activities including face painting, an all- day crafts area and story-telling by Banyan Tree Theatre Group.
Enjoy pop up singing and talks, a Zumba workshop & an opening ceremony drumming procession. Plus music from African Night Fever DJ & DJ Task.
Have your head wrapped in the latest styles, design and print and own your own tote bag, then learn to dance Azonto – and of course, don’t leave without tasting something delicious from the food stalls from Africa and Asia.
Part of the weekend-long programme Africa Arts Festival at Brighton Museum.
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Free Half Term Diwali Celebration – Brighton & Hove

dr-blighty-poster-for-eventsJoin Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage in the market square at Brighton’s Open Market –  Free Half Term Diwali Celebrations this October (part of Nutkhut’s Dr Blighty project).
Drop in activities, no need to book!
10am-4pm Friday 28th October
Come along and join in the Diwali festival of light celebration fun over Brighton and Hove half term week with free workshops – artists, food, Kathak and Bollywood dance and more.
Diwali is a Hindu festival with lights, held in the period from October to November.
It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India.
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Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:

* Make colourful Kandil lanterns
* Make clay diya lights
* Create Diwali character puppets
* Listen to Indian music
* Watch a Bollywood Dance display:11.30pm, 12.30pm and 2pm
* Join a Indian Kathak dance workshop at 10.45am and 3.15pm with Eve Zandi
* Watch a Kathak dance performance 2.30pm
 
Other activities include :
Priya Henna tattoos stall
Firefly face painting
Indian Food stall
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards
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Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.cloud8.uk/new/) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.
 
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Free Dr Blighty Schools workshops and events

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running a series of free educational workshops in Brighton and Hove as part of the Dr Blighty project in October and November 2016.
We are currently scheduling our activities and a variety of workshops for both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the city, as well as a variety of free outings too. We can currently offer the following activities, and are happy to come to your school more than once for a different workshop too if you would prefer.
Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.cloud8.uk/new/) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut for the duration of the project.

Activities booking form here:
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Schools information here:
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If your school or educational provider would be interested in accessing free activities do please contact us: strikealight@rocketmail.comWorkshops offered:
Key Stage 2:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Key Stage 3:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Soldier biographies  – WWI
Dr Blighty Free Outings:
Free Half Term Diwali event day – 10am-4pm Friday 28th October, Open Market, Brighton – Come along and make Diwali lanterns, clay diya lights, listen to Indian music, have henna tatoos, and more (age 5 upwards)
Outings to Royal Pavilion, and Indian Soldiers exhibition, Brighton – Week days in November, dates to suit schools 1-1.5 hours duration (or with added talk for longer session) (Key stage 2 and 3)
The Battle of the Somme film showing – Tuesday 8th November 10.30-12.30pm (ages 12 upwards)
Testament of Youth Film Showing – 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd November at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. (ages 11 upwards).
This is a special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth, a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain. The screening will also host a speaker to give historical context, as well as free popcorn and drinks for viewers.
This screening is aimed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Brighton and Hove at Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms, Colleges and also alternative educational groups, such as Home Education Networks. Ages 11 upwards.
To book a class on this event, find out more here: http://bit.ly/2codJzN
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