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EVENT: Urban Development Presents Re:Definition 2010

25 Jun


Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Grab some loose change, top up your oyster card and jump aboard this musical excursion to discover the loves, conflicts, traditions, adventures and aspirations of the real East Enders. A co-production with Urban Development, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Barbican, Re:Defintion explores East London’s rich past, present and exciting future through the eyes of its homegrown talent.

Commissioned for Create10, Re:Definition is to be held at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July and promises to be a truly unique music experience, fusing performance and multimedia in a breath-taking live concept album.

Strap on your seatbelt, sit back and relax as local heroes Ghetts, Maxsta, Devlin, Maverick Sabre, Miss D, Shezar and the UD Vocal Collective take you on a whistle-stop tour through the sights and sounds of the place they all call home. Think barbershops, backstreets and bus routes.

Throw in a live band, R&B songstress Shola Ama, soul veteran Omar, UK Funky maestros MC Versatile and Bongo Man of Crazy Cousinz and pioneers of the grime generation, NY and Lioness and you have a line-up strong enough to make any opponent envious. Re:Definition will also feature narration from Hackney’s very own wide-boy, lyricist Mikill Pane and has been directed for the stage by Matthew ‘Excalibah’ Xia. So get ready for a rollercoaster journey set to take urban music beyond Olympic proportions.

Date: Thursday 22nd & 23rd July 2010

Venue: Theatre Royal Stratford East, 
Gerry Raffles Square, London 
E15 1BN

Transport: Stratford Tube (Jubilee / Central Line), DLR and London Overground

Doors: 7.30 – 10:30pm

Tickets: £12/£8 concessions

Box office info: 020 8534 0310  /


Caught In The Act: Comedy With A Twist

12 Apr

Caught In The Act

Nothing to do tonight? Well, get down to this…

After relaunching  this January Caught in the Act (CIA) comedy night, fronted by Justin ‘JcX’ Chinyere (one half of duo JcX and Slick) is an evening filled with comical improv, audience participation and bags of laughter. The event which will be held at the popular Central London venue, Madame Jojo’s will feature a combination of improvisation, games, stand up and live music with DJ Longers on the decks.

Justin has made  regular appearances at the prestigious Comedy Store, Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse (MTV) and The Jump Off. Previous shows have also attracted guests such as Previous guests have included Steven K Amos, Chris Martin, Richard Blackwood, Eddie Kadi, Adam Deacon, Jamelia, Bless Beats, Jamie Howard, Jason Maza, Arnold Oceng, Rachel Adedeji and Miss Frank (X-­Factor). So this show is a guaranteed to be a quality night out.

Date: Monday 12th April 2010
Time: 6.30pm – 11pm
Price: £8

People Flock To Watch Birds Playing The Guitar

15 Mar

I came across this when watching BBC News earlier and thought it was rather quirky – it’s also one of YouTube’s most watched clips with over 600,000 views in only 4 weeks.

French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has created an installation at The Curve using a flock of zebra finches and a bunch of electric guitars and instruments. The idea is that as the birds get on with their ‘daily lives’ feeding and perching on the objects, making “a captivating, live soundscape”. Boursier-Mougenot is known for creating pieces  that use “the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways”.

The exhibition is on from 27 February 2010 – 23 May 2010 at The Curve (Barbican) and admission is free.

© Extracts from Ariane Michel’s film, Les Oiseaux de Céleste. Copyright Galerie Xippas, Ariane Michel and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, 2008

Tinie Tempah & Young British Creatives Promote Bristish Art

15 Mar
Blossom - Chris Ofili

Blossom (1997) - Chris Ofili ©

I’ve been meaning to go and visit the Chris Ofili exhibiton at the Tate as the former Turner Prize winner never disappoints, so it’s nice to see young people being encouraged to embrace art.

Charlie Dark presents Bring the Noise is a free cultural extravaganza where Young British creatives have selected works from Ofili’s exhibition and provided a response using their own creative medium such as music, comedy, street art, fashion or hair cutting. The event kicked off on Sunday with the likes of comedian Eddie Kadi and poet Jan Blake sharing their perspectives. But if like me, you missed this, there is a chance to catch the second installment on Sunday 21st March, where you can “witness the evolutionary massive new tunes mixed live by Cooly G and exciting grime-pop infusion of Goldielocks, and raise the temperature with an explosive new performance by Tinie Tempah“.  There will even be an opportunity to make beats with Rolling Sound music studios, deck out your nails with some Ofili inspired nail art by WAH Nails and attend improv workshops with Kidulthood star, Adam Deacon.

Admission is free and you can view the Ofili exhibition for only £5 if you’re under 26 (ID required).

For more information, please visit

In the meantime, check out what Tinie Tempah had to say about the Ofili exhibition.

Banksy Documentary Debuts at Sundance

24 Jan

I haven’t put any art stories on the blog yet, so I was rather happy to find out that the illusive figure that is Banksy, has popped up and provided me with some material for a post.  The mysterious graffiti artist is the subject of a documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this week.

I’m pretty sure that we will not be seeing his face but at least it will give us a deeper insight about the life and work of an urban genius – hopefully this will be coming to a good arthouse cinema near me!

Check out the trailer.