Film-maker Yussef Nimer and creative writer Dina Murphy worked with a group of young muslims in Middlesbrough to create a film.
The Parachute Projects aimed to support, develop and celebrate the creativity of young asylum seekers, refugees and their families.
Big Sky Arts was a music project funded by the Lloyds TSB Banking Foundation which worked with adults with learning difficulties/disabilities in Hartlepool.
Tees Valley Arts is delighted to bring you not one, but two, brilliant events celebrating local and global music, bringing the wider world to your door – to set your toes tapping and your spirits soaring.
TVA thanks the Northern Rock Foundation, the Youth Music Foundation and Middlesbrough Town Hall – without all of whom these great things couldn’t happen.
WorldFest Youth and Community Event, Friday, 27th June 2014
Featuring talented young people from Teesside, many of whom take part in the TVA Musicmix project, performing great songs and music; the Tees Valley Afro-Women’s Creative Group choir – as seen live on BBC1 performing in the Great North Passion programme on Good Friday earlier this year; the Roma Band – exciting Roma music from one of our newer Teesside communities; and our very special guest Don E – soul singer and songwriter extraordinaire – who also works with many leading female vocalists including regularly touring with the very legendary Grace Jones.
This fantastic event is free – where else could you get such a great offer?
Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors 7pm start, 7.30pm to 9pm
Tickets FREE entry, all welcome, family friendly, children must be accompanied
Bar None, but soft drinks available
WorldFest, Saturday, 28th June 2014
This will be a great night of world music, to listen to, to share, to enjoy and to dance to – get on down!
We open with Heritage Survival, all the way from Zimbabwe, bringing you music from Southern Africa, guaranteed to get you dancing; then the lovely Shurooq Abu Alnas and her band bring you Arabic-flavoured music from Sudan; and finally, Dennis Bovell, Reggae Britannia maestro and doyen of Lovers’ Rock (as featured in ‘Sounds Like London – the history of 100 years of black music in the capital’), brings his Dub Reggae Sound System to close out the night.
Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Doors open 7.30pm, start 8pm to 11pm
Tickets £5 on the door or available here. Under 14’s free
Bar Yes but Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and will be wristbanded at the door; Under 25s may need ID.
Tees Valley Arts is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £71,962 over three years from The Baring Foundation to support its work with refugees and asylum seekers.
The grant will permit Tees Valley Arts to employ a part-time Refugee Arts Worker with the dedicated remit of developing, supporting, co-ordinating and promoting the cultural activities of newly arrived peoples and their creative/cultural interests.
An example of the work that TVA has developed in this sector is WorldFest which celebrates diversity in the Tees Valley and showcases world class talent. WorldFest, now in its fourth year, has brought acts such as Tinariwen, Aswad, Horace Andy and Gregory Isaacs to the region.
The worker would be based at and managed by TVA but would offer a service to other partner organisations in the Tees Valley, such as ARC, Stockton, the Tees Valley Refugee Service and the five Local Authorities.
Rowena Sommerville, Director of Tees Valley Arts commented,
“we are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Baring Foundation’s Arts Programme, one of only eight made nationally. We believe that creative activity supports individuals, groups and communities and promotes cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, to the benefit of those communities and of the host populations.”