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It’s Love vs Hate at the Insulting Cabaret

?In human contact, there is either love or its refusal? Hanif Kureishi What do you love to hate? Any secret loves to confess? Where do you draw the line when speaking your mind? After last year?s sell-out success, the irreverent and provocative Insulting Cabaret returns to Southwark Playhouse on 16th April, as part of International […]Read More

Supporting Musicians Abroad ? hub report published by Arts Council England and the British Council

Arts Council England and British Council have published Supporting UK Musicians Abroad, a summary of research carried out by the hub last year, which provided recommendations for how the two organisations could work together more effectively to maximise the impact and benefit of their support for musicians and music organisations wishing to develop their work […]Read More

Mayor?s music education strategy published following hub-led consultation

Following initial consultation carried out by the hub last year, the Mayor of London has launched Making Music Matter, his music education strategy for London 2010-12. Published earlier this month, just over a year after the first ever Mayor?s Music Education Summit which the hub also produced and which kicked off the consultation process, the […]Read More

Announcing The Insulting Cabaret’s Romance Novel Amnesty

Send us your Mills & Boon! Do you have a guilty secret stashed on your bookshelf? Some Barbara Cartland bosom-heavers in the selection of stuff you picked up at the car boot sale? A dusty pile of Georgette Heyer in your attic that you claim came with the house? It?s time to come clean. We […]Read More

The Learning Revolution

We were delighted to be involved with the Learning Revolution in October and were busy bringing carnival arts to people all over London. From knitting at the South Bank to carnival costumes in Brixton, samba reggae in Notting Hill to singing in Old Spitalfields Market we worked with a wide range of artists and arts […]Read More

SEAS Club talks music in Tromso

Over the past couple of days we’ve been in the effortlessly cool youth centre Tvibit here in Tromso, Northern Norway, running a webcasting workshop. And here are the results! In our webcast presenters Erica Restoften and Deirdre Melvin discuss the Tromso music and cultural scene and interview local music professional Aneta, who runs the Insomnia […]Read More

SEAS Club…Tromso

In Victorian times Tromsø earned the moniker ?Paris of the North? but not for obvious reason of architecture, oh no, it was so called because the ladies of this Arctic Circle outpost were wearing the latest fashions before the rest of Scandinavia. Today the adage still holds true and despite its diminutive size and remote […]Read More

Phrased & Confused post-festival highs and podcast delights

Summer Sundae Weekender’s over for another year, but we?re still on a high.  What a fantastic weekend!  Not only did the weather do us proud, more importantly we had a really great programme of artists this year in the Phrased & Confused tent, and the overall quality was awesome.  A real highlight was the four […]Read More

Fertilizer festival highlights and future plans

We?re finally coming down from our Fertilizer festival buzz, but luckily we?ve had lots of love from audiences about this year?s good s**t from Poland to keep us pepped up: ?It was bloody brilliant!? ?Killer show!? ?I love Polish jazz?. Want to re-live the atmosphere? Check out our podcast with the touring trio of Sing […]Read More

Phrased & Confused festival commissions announced

After working through some 75 proposals from poets around the country, we?re really pleased to announce that we?ve commissioned Joshua Idehen, Sifundo & Jamal Msebele, Hannah Silva & Alexis Kirke and Sound of Rum to create new material for the Phrased & Confused stage at Summer Sundae Weekender (14-16 August 2009).   Find out more about […]Read More