Be inspired, at the launch of Creative Cultures

A multicultural evening of performances from around the globe

Arts Development Merton and the Royal Borough of Kingston have commissioned Arts and Action to set up a new development and arts training scheme called Creative Cultures. With initial funding from the Arts Council of England, the scheme aims to nurture, support and encourage local artists from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and will be launched with the support of the Ethnic Minority Centre on Saturday 27th March 2004, at Merton Hall, South Wimbledon.

Three local artists who are already benefiting from the project will be performing at the launch of Creative Cultures:

Kathy Hall and the London Jing Kun Opera Association will perform their piece ‘The Startling Dream’, from a performance that they previously took to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. As a result of Kathy’s active involvement with promoting Chinese Opera in Merton and around Britain, she has just been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to study in China. Kathy applied for funding to allow her to further her study of Kun Opera with a Chinese master performer in China.

Also performing at the launch is Chandra Chakraborty. Chandra is a gifted North Indian vocalist who has performed all over India, as well as South Africa and the UK. She is also a teacher of North Indian music in primary and secondary schools.

Zamble African Dance Company will perform a spectacular of dance and drumming from the Ivory Coast. Gaspard Zamble, once a member of the Ivorian National Ballet, is now a freelance performer and teacher in the UK. Gaspard’s expressive and dynamic performances mesmerise audiences, and primary school children especially benefit from his teaching.

Talented musicians, vocalists and dancers such as these can now seek guidance and support in areas such as applying for grants, finding work in education, promoting their work, and practical business advice. This guidance will be provided in the form of training sessions.

Iqbal Husain, Ethnic Arts Development Officer for Merton, said: ” Artists from ethnic minorities often find it harder to get recognition for their work, but there is a wealth of untapped talent out there. The launch looks set to be a really vibrant evening and I hope it will inspire many new artists to approach Creative Cultures for support.”

There will be opportunities to learn more about the project on the night, as well as enjoying the evening’s entertainment and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome and