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Black history tour for the Midlands


Black history tour for the Midlands

In honour of Black History Month, 2Funky Arts is creating a powerful showcase event for Midlands-based creatives that will tour the region this October. The event will present a variety of art forms, featuring a strong line-up of upcoming creatives. 

2Funky Art’s Director Vijay Mistry:

“And Still I Rise is an important project, helping to celebrate the rich history of Black culture by providing a platform for hidden stories. This showcase represents an opportunity for emerging artists to express their voices through powerful art forms such as music and poetry”.

Midlands-based  black arts and music organisation 2Funky Arts is working with a selection of 12 local artists from Black, African, & Caribbean ethnicities, as part of their And Still I Rise project. Each artist has been commissioned to create ground-breaking performance pieces across music and poetry, which reflect and celebrate the vibrancy of black history and culture.

Performance pieces will feature instinctive responses to themes surrounding Maya Angelou’s original poem (“Still I Rise”), black history (e.g. prejudice, liberation), cultural identities and/ or relevant personal experiences.

Artists will create new material with guidance from Carol Leeming MBE FRSA and Marcus Joseph, who will provide support as practitioners develop their pieces. Artists include Data, Jaya HadADream, Kupid the King, Davina SongBird, D’Vybrant, LVT, Mr Supreme, J Littles, Megs, SunSun, SPEN and Lickle Jay.

The showcase event featuring these up-and-coming Midland creatives will tour Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, and Birmingham, as part of Black History Month 2023. Tickets: £5 via

Tour Dates:

  • Baby People, Derby – 6th October
  • Centrala, Birmingham – 13th October
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Nottingham – 20th October
  • 2Funky Music Cafe, Leicester – 27th October

Partners: Punch, Baby People, Centrala and Joe Buhdha / Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

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