Everybodys Reading Festival 2015 To Kill a Mockingbird October 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm African Caribbean Centre Leicester

Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community in the USA. A white lawyer seeks the truth, and brings hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. By reading and discussing extracts from the book, Leicester’s acclaimed author and poet Carol Leeming FRSA and poet Bobba Cass will help you discover why this book is used across the world to teach about the history of race relations in America. The event will also feature a short performance of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Free prize draw with copies of the book to be won.
This event is suitable for families, ideally 14+ as there is some adult content.

This event is free so turn up and enjoy!


Strange Fruit – Tribute to Billie Holiday & Launch of Black History Season Sept 25th 2015 City Hall Leicester

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Not to be missed !!! Strange Fruit – Tribute to Billie Holiday Concert Sept 25th 2015 at the plush newly re-furbished City Hall Charles Street Leicester, features a star studded line up of diva singers,  Carol Leeming, Mellow Baku , Lydia Unsudimi and Dee Joseph, with new arrangements of Billie Holiday songs, from musically brilliant Music Director & Pianist Neil Hunter,  leading  a hot trio of Marcus Joseph on Sax and Mark Trounson on Bass.  Serendipity Arts  organization lead by Pawlet Brookes working with Amy Grain, are now very busy with preparations , for a retro glamorous gala themed evening, paying tribute to the late great singer Billie Holiday. This historic event will also  launch the Leicester Black History Month Programme/Brochure.

Book Your Ticket Now places limited to avoid disappointment!


Common Word Superheroes of Slam Midlands Heat Sept 17th 2015 with Compere Rob Gee confirmed !!

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The excitement is now building  and attracting huge interest from across the region, for the Superheroes of Slam Poetry Midlands Heat, organized in association with Dare to Diva company for the very first time in the Midlands region.  We want very much to encourage Women BME  LGBT and Older participants for the Slam who are often under represented.   Its great news that the ebullient Spoken Word Artist Rob Gee, a well known Poetry Slam Champion himself, is confirmed as the Compere for the evening. So this event is  not to be missed Slam Event will be held at the Sept 17th 2015  Attenborough Centre Lancaster Road Leicester.

This very brilliant  national Slam Poetry Event, with its iconic imagery on the publicity material and fabulous cash prize, an opportunity for the finalist to compete in the final in Manchester courtesy of Common Word, with a chance for a bigger cash prize and Arvon course .  Importantly the competition raises awareness and  offers the Dike Omeje Award, which is  named after an important and successful Poetry Slam champion,  who was based in the Manchester area, who sadly passed away, however his outstanding legacy is continued with this competition.

Registration of  Superheroes Slam participants continues a pace and later this month we will find out who is the Superheroes of Slam of theMidlands region


2 Funky Arts East Midlands Project Live 2015


Happy in my role as the Music Director, for the exciting  ACE funded East Midlands  2 Funky Arts Project  Live. I am pleased to report planning meetings have been held with the Project Leader Vijay, myself and a team of first class professional regional musicians, as part of the project, to work with promising group of young urban music artists to develop their songs for a Music Industry Showcase to be at the end of their program me. Along with the young people completing Arts Awards qualifications as part of their project programme.

Numerous applications have been received for this important opportunity, and the deadline has been extended into early August 2015, after a selection process of the artists, with panel members, Bizzi Dixon, Mellow Baku and DJ Yess, along  with the Project Leader and Music Director. Leading to a project start, later in the Autumn 2015. As part of the program me, music sessions/rehearsals together with music industry seminars will be held at the Music Cafe Braunstone Gate Leicester.