I am a musical stand-up comedian. A semi-finalist at Amused Moose 2016, a finalist at Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2017, 1st Brighton Fringe Show in May 2018, Quarter Finalist in the Leicester Square Theatre’s New Comedian of the Year Award 2017 and semi-finalist of the musical comedian award 2018. See some of my work on YouTube
Project Female dance company is a Brighton based organisation created to give young female dancers a variety of unique creative experiences. At the heart of our ethos is an inclusive non-judgemental environment in which dancers can feel accepted and valued. Through a collaborative creative process we development dance pieces which directly address the issues faced by their generation everyday. It is a space for them to feel empowered to express themselves through dance. We currently have five dance companies which train weekly in various locations across the city. The piece being performed today is co-created by the dance company Project Fire and addresses the conflict between people’s actions vs their values. Piece Title: Pretty Little Fears // Artist: 6lack
I regularly host Lava Elastic, I came from an acting background since I was very young (played Alice in Alice in Wonderland at Edinburgh Fringe at the age of 9, in choruses of professional shows from around that time too…other kids played out, I rehearsed, took classes, prepared for dance, singing and performance exams, performed, read lots…and obsessively watched comedy) but since my diagnosis I have finally found a way to be myself on stage (because when you get a late diagnosis – Asperger’s in my case, you can finally explore who ‘yourself’ is) so as host for Lava Elastic rather than being the funny one in between acts I am very open at my ‘neurodivergence’ (which began when I was doing the Stealth Aspies show really) and I share my obsession with lights, light fittings and all related stuff…including demonstrating different lights onstage in a kind of ‘neurodivergent show n tell’ I genuinely am deeply sensitive to light, it’s one of my major sensory differences, so I choose to be very open about it now.
Marianna Harlotta is a character comedy creation of performer Sarah Saeed’s, actress, singer and general comedy performer. ‘La Harlotta’ (as she likes to be called) is an ‘International Diva Extraordinaire’ with a repertoire with a twist. Sarah is a mezzo soprano herself, so she’s not ‘faking it’ on the singing front, although La Harlotta is something of a bizarre legend in her own lunchtime. Songs range from ‘Psycho Killer’ to ‘The Thong Song’ to ‘I am the Walrus’…so quite an unusual repertoire for a classical diva. The diva also comes complete with stories about performances for dignitaries world-wide, her love of owls (more than humans) and a pretty short fuse…
Prepare for an operatic recital.
Hidden Sussex by Writing Our Legacy: Performers
Georgina is a writer and poet and is of Lebanese and Anglo-Irish heritage. She has a background in international development and specifically gender, climate change and food security. She has been living in Sussex for 15 years.
Jenny is both English and East African. She grew up in Brighton and Sussex as well as Uganda and Tanzania. She feels strong connections to all these places, which are entwined with her family life. She calls all three places home, they all encapsulate her emotions and experiences and her poetry reflects these aspects of her life.
Josephine is a writer and creator, of Jamaican and English descent, who grew up in Cornwall and enjoys experimenting and adventuring. She lives in Brighton and writes about creative approaches to travel, mental health and living lightly on the earth as well as dabbling in poetry, song and memoir.
Sally-Claire was born in West Sussex, the daughter of a Trinidadian father and an English mother. Sally writes poetry and prose and has worked as a storyteller and poet throughout Sussex. At this time, she is working on a novel and has just completed the first year of an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.
Writing Our Legacy is an organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living or connected to Sussex and the South East.
We employ Mosaic charity’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.
The organisation was established in April 2012. We run events across Sussex and the South East that showcase emerging and established BME writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities.
Strike A Light
Strike a Light is Arts & Heritage is a successful and respected community interest company.
Formed in 2010, we work on funded and commissioned projects to engage a wide range of groups including schools, older people, intergenerational participants, and professional clients in creative and heritage activities, encouraging engagement and outreach, whilst exploring memories and archive material;
Through this we utilise life stories to create accessible projects, exhibitions and art with diverse outcomes including events, books, reminiscence, performance, textiles, oral history and mosaic to transform public and private spaces. We also offer training, consultancy, partnership working, and studio space.
Based in Brighton, Strike a Light aims to work with and for the wider community in Sussex.
Hidden Sussex by Writing Our Legacy: Book Stall
Hidden Sussex is a new anthology for Sussex: Fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experience. Twenty-three contributors from across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton tell their own stories and narratives. The anthology tells stories of many firsts – first trip to Afro-Caribbean hairdressers, first sexual awakenings, first visit to the Chattri Memorial. The writing also deals with middles and ends – raising children, solitary pursuits, and the deaths of friends and family. We are transported to local places of interest such as Cuckmere Haven and Brighton Pavilion, and also elsewhere – to Pakistan, India, Iran. Some authors deal with pressing issues of contemporary Britain, including Brexit and the Windrush scandal, while others cast their eye over history and the natural environment.
Contributors: Georgina Aboud, Jenny Arach, Sheila Auguste, Alinah Azadeh, Priti Barua, Bebb Burchell, Josef Cabey, Suchi Chatterjee, Lisa Climie, Joyoti Grech Cato, Sally-Claire Fadelle, Josephine Hall, Jasmine Harris, Maggie Harris, L Oluwafemi Hughes Jonas, Farah Edwards Khan, Dulani Kulasinghe, Georgina Parke, Annie Richardson, Zaid S Sethi, Hayat Nezameddin Shehab, Sonny Singh and Nina Thaddeus.
Editors: Umi Sinha, Dean Atta
Hidden Sussex was published in 2019 by Writing Our Legacy (add hyperlink) and is on sale through Amazon in UK & worldwide Ebook £6.99 Paperback £11.39 https://smarturl.it/HiddenSussex
Look out for writers Georgina, Jenny, Sally-Claire and Josephine who will be performing some of their work in pop up appearances throughout the Summit.
Museum of Ordinary People
The Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP) work with members of the public, who have a collection of objects that tell a story about someone’s life – such as diaries, documents, letters, photos, belongings and found items.
MOOP facilitates creative workshops where participants gain new skills to archive and curate their own experiences and stories, leading to exhibitions displayed in their pop-up museum.
Brighton’s only sewing Social Enterprise. The home of community sewing in Brighton. We are an environmentally friendly and professionally equipped community sewing studio based in Brighton Open Market. Offering a range of creative classes and workshops. Sewing and textiles classes for all ages and abilities with a sliding payment scale.
Our mission is to empower people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity in a sustainable and conscious fashion.
Small class sizes and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere are guaranteed. Our experienced tutors and staff provide lots of individual attention.
We are a Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company. This means we are a not for profit business with social and environmental aims.
Synergy Creative Community is a mental health peer-led community organisation based in Brighton, East Sussex. They started in 2009 and registered as a Community Interest Company in 2015. We take a creative approach to well-being and mental health by running weekly sessions of art, music, creative writing, cookery and mindfulness meditation. Synergy has become a space to connect with others and share experiences.
Our projects is where we love getting creative every Tuesday 12-5pm throughout the year at West Hill Community Hall, Seven Dials. Our creative drop-in session has a feast of activities for all the senses.
Network of International Women
Voluntary and community action makes our society and local areas better. We want to make sure it does, and that it has the greatest positive impact on everyone. To achieve this we create the support and networks that help people and organisations to use their time, expertise and energy effectively. We give voluntary and community organisations the support and platform they need to make a difference to local lives and issues. We help people who want to volunteer their time to find local opportunities that make the most of their abilities and ambitions. We connect local businesses with voluntary and community organisations so they can both benefit. We also work with the public sector to ensure they can connect with local voluntary and community action. The support and networks we create between organisations and people help to build stronger and fairer local areas for everyone.
Throughout the day we’ll be screening a series of short films highlighting some of the amazing initiatives happening in and around Brighton delivered by artists, community-based groups, voluntary agencies, arts organisations and educational institutions;
- Abraham Ologundudu
- Audio Active
- Burrogande Films
- Community Works
- Diversity & Ability
- Diversity Lewes
- KP Projects
- Marina Studios Foundation
- Museum of Ordinary People (MOOP)
- Quiet Down There
- Remix The Museum
- Rocket Artists Studio
- Sew Fabulous
- South East Dance
- Strike A Light
- Trust for Developing Communities
- University of Brighton MA Inclusive Arts
Tunde is a media creative with over a decade’s experience in the production of social change photo & film documentaries. His passion lies in working on humanitarian narratives that contribute to improve human conditions in marginalised communities and disrupt existing hierarchies of power relations. He has executed many media projects for charity and corporate organisations, some of which have been broadcast, published online, and in traditional media.
He has been commissioned by several charities, corporate and governmental organisations, including UNICEF, GTBank, Globacom, Lagos state government and University of Sussex in their visual storytelling. His images have been exhibited in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Germany, Britain and the USA. In 2012, his work was selected from 31,400 photos from 120 countries and was featured on TIME Magazine cover, 27 August edition. His short film, Nigeria Rocks, was screened during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at the United Nations General Assembly 2005.