Unsung Sheroes & Heroes of Afrikan Heritage

Unsung Sheroes & Heroes of Afrikan Heritage


Photo: L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa de Kayes (Mali)

‘Unsung Sheroes and Heroes of Afrikan Heritage’ Star and Shadow Takeover!

Dates and location: 6th – 30th September 2018, at Star and Shadow Cinema, Warwick St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB
Curational lead: Lalya Gaye (Attaya Projects)
Curational team: Rico Jakk, Rosa Stourac McCreery
Featured artists: Oz Peters, Madiaw Ndiaye, Abu Zayd de Gale, more tbc

Exhibition 6th-29th September, Open from 6pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 12-5pm Saturdays and Sundays at Star and Shadow Cinema.

The interactive exhibition includes specially commissioned art installations, projections and documentary panels, defined by 3 main themes: ‘Liberation’, ‘Arts and Culture’ and ‘Innovation’ with examples of the significant contributions to these fields of the lesser known people of Afrikan heritage we will feature. Our aim is to equip visitors with knowledge that can supplement and challenge their understanding of history, reframing how we see the world today, with Afrikan contribution to our world given its proper place and value. Highlighting these figures provides inspiring role models, showing young people of Afrikan origin that their heritage is powerful, worthy of celebration and acknowledgement.

The exhibition is free to attend. There will be guided visits to the exhibition for local schools, with the possibility to do a half or full day session, including optional screenings of Afrikan films for young audiences, and Afrikan food provided. Please contact rosa@dynamixcic.org for more info or to organise a visit.

We are also running workshops for teachers and other educators. Please call or e mail Rosa at: 07964212929 or rosa@dynamixcic.org for more info or to book a group visit/workshop

Mentoring Workshop and programme: Sunday 23rd September, 12-4pm, Star and Shadow Cinema.

Recognising the under-representation of people of Afrikan heritage in the Arts and Culture sector/Creative industries in the North East, this workshop is for young people of Afrikan Heritage who are interested in pursuing careers/developing their skills in arts and culture.
Young people will meet with and hear from professionals in these fields, who can share their journeys and experiences, and answer questions.
Participants and mentors will be served a delicious meal (Afro-Carribean food from Trinidad by The Calabash Tree,) as part of the event.
The participants will then work in small groups with a professional from their field of interest to explore ideas, opportunities, and understand their ambitions and goals.We then aim to pair young people with a mentor from their field of interest, who will commit to supporting them in their development, and in accessing opportunities, over the coming year.
Register to say you’re coming here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unsung-mentoring-workshop-tickets-50379202551
Mentors will be from a wide range of disciplines/fields, from film, to music, creative writing, visual art, theatre, digital arts and design, dance, and arts management, and more.

Time Commitment:

1 hour per month of ‘contact’ time with mentor (e.g. face to face meeting or skype call)
Up to 4 emails or other form of written communication per month, around advice, feedback on creative projects/ideas, highlighting and accessing opportunities, support with applications, etc.
Quarterly update on how the mentorship is going, what progress has been made, what benefits the mentoring has brought, and any issues that either mentor or mentee are experiencing with the process.

Please contact Rosa Stourac McCreery rosa@dynamixcic.org or 07964212929 to express your interest in being a mentor/mentee (someone who is paired with a mentor to support them).

‘Unsung: The Background’, Films, and more events:
This programme, consisting of an exhibition, film screenings, a theatre play and workshops, gives context and inspiration for the work of artists and activists engaged in challenging racism today, and providing role models and skills development for young people. With this programme, we also particularly want to involve and be accessible to refugees and asylum seekers, and people of Afrikan heritage living in the area. All events are free to Asylum Seekers.


Thursday 20th September, 7pm ‘Women who Prevail’: ‘Fatuma’ a film set in Tanzania, and ‘Neria’ a Zimbabwean film https://www.facebook.com/events/227324091467451/

Thursday 27th September, 7:30pm, ‘the Current and the Classics’: ‘This Island’s Mine’ Short film by Abu Zayd Degale of Sudan, ‘Sandaga Circus’ a commission for ‘Unsung’ by Madiaw Ndiaye of Senegal, ‘La Noire De’ (‘Black Girl) and ‘Borom Sarret’ by Ousmane Sembene of Senegal, the father of Afrikan cinema. https://www.facebook.com/events/843450632529735/

Full programme and tickets from the Star and Shadow website.

There will be an ‘Unsung’ Closing Party, with headliners ‘Ladies of Midnight Blue’ with support from a number of local performers of Afrikan Heritage, full line up tbc, and the world premier of new music from Oz Peters which was produced especially for the ‘Unsung’ programme, inspired by the Afrikan sounds he sampled for his sound-art installation ‘Patchwork’ featured in the Unsung exhibition.
There will be a full bar and tantalising West Afrikan food by Nobia’s catering. Book your tickets here!
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Early Bird tickets available until 9pm, 09/09/18

Events that have already taken place:

The artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane at work on one of his murals in London
The artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane at work on one of his murals in London


From 13th to 16th November, Ghanaian-born London-based artist D’sane Neequay Dreph visited Dynamix, and painted a large scale mural on the outside of the building. The mural features Afrikan Reparationist, Jurisconsult, community activist and radio broadcaster, Esther Stanford- Xosei.  You can see more about Esther’s work here.  Esther is a living inspiration to us, and we had the pleasure of meeting her when she visited the North East last October. The powerful and beautiful mural can still be viewed at Dynamix, and visitors are welcome to take photos, and to pop into Dynamix, to find out more.

Dreph has been painting since age 12, and his work has taken him around the world, but his work has recently been picked up and celebrated by the UK media, following a series of large scale murals he has painted around London, depicting women of Afrikan/Afro-Carribean heritage who are making significant contributions to their communities, called the You are Enough series.
See his website for more about his work: http://dreph.co.uk/

Celebrating Claudia Jones, 16th November 2017 from 7:30pm

Claudia Jones was an activist, agitator, community organiser, and Mother of Nottinghill Carnival!
With this event we celebrate her life and work, and discuss her legacy, and how we can follow in her footsteps and continue to be inspired by her now…
There will be a Showing of a documentary about Claudia Jones’ life and work, followed by a group discussion around the impact of her work and legacy, and how we continue in those footsteps today.
There will be delicious food of Trinidad on sale at this event, provided by The Calabash Tree! Also, Rum Punch and other Carribean-inspired drinks, and the spriit of Carinival to end the evening on a social vibe.
The event is free to attend.  Join the Facebook event here.
The event also links to a 4 day residency in Gateshead by the artist Sonya Dyer, who has created the claudia Jones Space Station. https://thenewbridgeproject.com/events/claudia-jones-space-station/ inspired by Jones’ work, and creating a living monument to her.


Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by Bilimankhwe International

Date and location: 28th October 2017, Dynamix Skatepark
Adaption and direction: Kate Stafford
Design: Hazel Albarn
Choreography: Shyne Phiri
Live music and original songs: Ben Mankhamba
Soundtrack and projections: Frederick Rich
Lead actors: Joshua Bhima, Robert Magasa, Christopher Brand, Stanley Mambo

Photo: Bilimankhwe International

On 28th October 2017, we are thrilled to be hosting a brand-new take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, by Bilimankhwe International Theatre, which will be the only performance of the show in the North East, and the last night of their UK tour. This exciting production brings together a creative and performing team from Africa and Europe, to create a version of the play which emphasises the themes of colonialism, patriarchy and power. Performed in the Amphitheatre space at Dynamix, this will be a truly unique experience.

While the show will take place at Dynamix, tickets are being sold via the Northern Stage Box Office.


There is a ticket allocation for people with Asylum Seeker or Refugee status. They can access free tickets for the show via the code: TempestFree.

Young people aged 16-21 can access a limited number of tickets for free using the code: Tempest1621.

Please be aware that the venue is not a traditional theatre space, it is a large warehouse, and can be cold, so wrap up warm!

TSHC Workshop

Date and location: 11th November, 2-4:30pm, Dynamix Skatepark
Workshops lead: Akala, The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company

Photo: The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company

The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company – founded by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian Akala – will lead a workshop with young performers, writers, musicians and activists in the North East.

The workshop will be about participants developing their skills and ideas, using rhythm, lyrics/writing, and voice to explore and express issues that are important to them, but with a particular focus on how these forms can be used to challenge racism.

This part of the programme is particularly relevant for Performing Arts, Music, and Creative Writing students, and aspiring or early career performers, musicians, MCs, spoken word poets, writers and lyricists.  There are subsidised tickets available for this workshop at £15, £10 and £3.

Forum Theatre Workshop: Sunday 16th September, 12-5pm, Star and Shadow Cinema

‘Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help build our future, rather than just waiting for it.’ Augusto Boal

This workshop will introduce participants to ‘Forum Theatre’ and looking at how this could be used as a tool to unpick and challenge prejudice and institutional racism in the North East.
Forum Theatre is a tool used for community problem-solving, and generating discussions and actions. PARTICIPANTS DO NOT NEED TO HAVE ANY PREVIOUS THEATRE EXPERIENCE. This is designed for everyone, whether they consider themselves ‘actors’ or not.
Minimum age for this workshop is 12 years old.
Please register for your free place for this workshop by e mailing Rosa at rosa@dynamixcic.org

This programme is supported by Arts Council England and Northern Stage.