Anni & Annie at #ResistanceIsFertile

Happy National Poetry Day peoples! We have a wealth of poetry created since our genesis in 2010 and biiig plans to publish, record and podcast more. In the meantime check our archive of poetry-related content on this link and enjoy these performances from Anni and Annie recorded at our last showcase #ResistanceisFertile hosted by Numbi […]

Shake! at Afrikans on Film Festival

I got goosebumps doing this duet with Luwi earlier this year at the 6th Shake! Showcase at Rich Mix: #ResistanceIsFertile. Lil Sis went in <3 Looking forward to doing it again with Adinkra Arts Collective Afrikans on Film Festival Saturday 10th Sept at Bussey Building, Peckham. Check this link for more details about the film […]

Black Words Matter

Today, we’ll be sharing our films, poems, and other alternative media at ‪#‎BlackWordsMatter‬ Rich Mix London: a conversation about media justice – poetry – film – performance. How do Black words matter? To whom should they matter? And aren’t words only part of the story? And what about the power to have those words heard […]

Shake! #FoodFight Reflections

By Jethro Jenkins Shake! is a 5-day intensive course for 16-25 yr olds, consisting of creative workshops designed to equip them with the tools they need to fight oppression and build campaigns in their communities. Through various art forms – poetry, filmmaking, music and zine-making – and in an environment in which oppressive ideas are […]

#Shake2015: #FoodFight – Applications open

Our next shake! up >> 3rd-7th August 2015<< at Spotlight, Tower Hamlets. Applications now open for our FREE! 5 day course on Art/ Race/ Media/ Power for 16-25’s. See below for more info & how to apply #FOODFIGHT  16-25? Angry about the injustice you see around you? Come shake tings up with performance poets, film-makers, […]

Thoughts on #FoodFight – Shake! Summer Intensive 2015

When the team was asked (I volunteered) to write a blog about the war being waged on our food systems for the next Shake Intensive course ‘#FoodFight’, I started to consider my own relationship with food, what I have personally seen with regard to changing attitudes and patterns of behaviour around food, and found that […]

Home Cooking: Trauma Genes by Sammy Brough

Congratulations to Sammy for her commission to produce the latest Apples & Snakes Homecooking podcast. Sammy was inspired to create this project on the subject of Trauma Genes after studying and responding to Audre Lorde’s poem “Litany for Survival” during our recent #StatesOfViolence 5-day intensive arts/activism course at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. This spoken word […]

Exploring the State of Violence – by Zena Edwards

The new Shake! Course is nearly here! Monday 16th February, we begin unpacking one of the most contentious subjects our species confronts: Violence. We will be exploring what makes violence, physical and ideological, a seemingly imherent part of modern day life. As a poet I think about the word ‘violence’ as  anything that is excessively […]

When Students Are The Teachers – Shakers are the Facilitators: Power Sharing

“Education as Freedom.  Through dialogue,  the teacher-of-the-students and the students-of-the-teacher (terminology)  ceases to exist and a new term emerges:  teacher-student with students-teachers… The students — no longer docile listeners —  are now critical co-investigators in dialogue with the teacher.”  – Paulo Friere   Shake! Mission Statement, Item No.4   To unite the energy of artistic generations  to […]

Few words from Zena post Shake!”13 @ BGAC

Zee grooving to Lucas Kelly’s poem “Messy Python”                                             I am speechless. I can’t even talk about tired after an intensive week of youth arts and activism because I’ve been so inspired by the voices of the young people on the this weeks Shake course. It has been empowering, emotional…. oh I could go on […]

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