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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 presents Betty: They Say I’m Different film screening

As part of the AfrikaBa Festival during Black History Month Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be showing this film at Electric Palace, Hastings on Friday 5th October 2018.
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

42975834_2108175835859696_2756406716609331200_o.jpgBetty 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

 

 

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.

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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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Dancing with Dementia

We are really enjoying our ongoing project Dancing with Dementia in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, and using music to trigger memories.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support and the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

Dancing with Dementia freelancers

We are currently seeking a freelance facilitator with some experience in dance, music or movement to deliver two sessions for our upcoming Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton.

Must have own existing enhanced DBS check.
If you answer this description then please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter about your experience to strikealight@rocketmail.com for a further conversation.

Trench Brothers project starts!

We’ve just been engaged to work on this lovely project ‘Trench Brothers’ in Sussex for HMDT Music.
 
Trench Brothers brings the First World War to life for students through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. It commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, enabling students to develop a creative, artistic response to the stories and immortalise the deeds of these forgotten soldiers.
 
We will be delivering free training in archives and research with volunteers in the area, alongside visits to Seaford Museum, The Keep and the Chattri. This will lead to an exhibition this summer at Newhaven Fort.
 
We’ll be sending out more information soon about how to get involved!
 

Dancing with Dementia 2018

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to hear that we’ve been given a small grant to run a new Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton in 2018, at a new purpose built residence Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing scheme in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council.
 
The grant is from the Trust for Developing Communities – Healthy Community Fund. The sessions will start early next year and focus on people with early onset dementia, their families and scheme visitors.
 
“Dancing with Dementia is another excellent example of why Strike a Light is a truly committed community organisation. It’s not all about big grants, these local, hands-on local endeavours keep us in touch with our wonderfully diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. Dancing is one of the best and most fun ways to communicate. I’m delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for support from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.”
Dr Sam Carroll – Strike a Light Director
“It’s fantastic for Strike A Light to be continuing our work with people living with dementia, thanks to the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund – we are pleased to be able to build on our successes in this project with new participants at Brook Mead, an exciting new development for the city.”

Clare Hankinson – Fabrica gallery

Free summer kids workshops

Barge_web_FLYER2 (2) final version-page-001You can see all our free youth arts workshops taking place on a floating barge later this August which are based at Brighton Marina by following the link below.

All sessions are FREE, but booking necessary due to numbers.

Ages 7-14 welcome, with or without parents & carers.

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/england–brighton/strike-a-light/?crt=regular&page=2&sort=best

Dancing with Dementia finishes

IMG_8271.JPGWe’ve just finished our successful project Dancing with Dementia – in collaboration with the charity Jewish Care at a care home in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, using music to trigger memories.

We’ve had a variety of activities and performers including music therapist Dominque Levack, Belly dancer Bettina, Sari dancing, Flamenco with Helena, Yoga sessions, and musical performance from students of Access to Music Brighton college.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support.

https://strikealight.org/projects/dancing-with-dementia/