NEWS! Arts Council funds Shake’s major programme!

Great news at Shake!  ACE funded the pilot, and have now come through for the major programme With the Arts Council coming up with a major grant of £57,000, we are 50% towards our funding target to roll Shake! out at two London centres over three years. We’ll be working intensively with 150 young people, […]

more great youth, arts and activism projects this summer

Organised by Apples and Snakes. SHAKE THE DUST – the National Youth Poetry Slam final, (featuring Yorkshire heat-winners coached by Shake’s own poet-mentor extraordinaire Sai Murray), is happening Saturday 7th July, 2 – 5pm, in London’s Southbank Centre, supported by some fantastic events in the run-up. Our Sai is performing on the Friday 6pm, as […]

Zena Edwards in new video documentary on ‘riots’

Check out a taster of this critical new film coming out soon, this one featuring Zena Edwards. To follow what’s happening with the film VoiceOver: Riots Reframed, go here.They write: ‘VoiceOver: Riots Reframed’ is an independent documentary aimed at countering mainstream discourse on last year’s riots and riots that occur in poor, racialised and marginalised communities […]

Conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence’s murderers: a new chapter

4  days ago, after 18 years, Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of killing student Stephen Lawrence in a racially motivated attack, while he waited with a friend at a bus stop in Eltham, London. Young women perform a piece for Stephen at Shake’s event ‘Britain on Trial’, Leeds, Oct 2011Artist: Pati Bongani Everyone involved […]

Zodwa Nyoni – A Letter for Mama Oluwale

One of the most successful aspects of Britain On Trial was the coming together and sharing of experiences between active, articulate, dedicated young people from two different parts of the UK and from two different artistic organisations – Leeds Young Authors and Shake!. Zodwa Nyoni, a Leeds Young Authors alumni (Leeds Superheroes of Slam winner […]

Esther puts BRITAIN ON TRIAL for Libyan War Crimes

AFRIKA SPEAKS with Sister EkuaWeds 8-10pm We were incredibly fortunate to have Esther Stanford-Xosei feature on our Britain On Trial programme and the Verdict she delivered to bring together all the issues of the day was a powerful, fitting and marvellous close to the event. Audio up on the blog soon… As ever, Esther […]

Introducing Britain on Trial Court Sketch Artist: Patricia Bongani

As well as a packed programme full of poetry, speed-lectures, film, workshops, creative writing, discussions, dialogue, movement, presentations, food, tea, exhibitions, intergenerational & interdisciplinary dialogue – phew! – we were also able to commission the artistic talents of a young poet to be our Court Sketch Artist. Here is a preview of one of Patricia […]

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