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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

Announcing this year’s Phrased and Confused commissions for Summer Sundae Weekender

We?re really excited to be able to commission four spoken word artists to create new material for this year?s Summer Sundae Weekender in Leicester (thank you Arts Council England!) Each commission is worth £1000. We?re looking for new work which responds to the question, Which Came First, The Music or the Words? and which will […]Read More

Fertilizer Festival 2009 is nearly upon us!

Fertilizer 2009? Good S**t From Poland is nearly upon us!! And here at the Fertilizer HQ we?re busy putting together the final touches, ready to hit you with a plethora of underground sounds and leftfield new music. The venues are booked, the artists have their flight tickets and we?re ready to go with this year?s […]Read More

GLA Trainee Music Education Project Officer post

Following the success of the first ever Mayor?s Music Education Summit, which was produced by the hub in January 2009, the GLA has recently announced a new Trainee Music Education Project Officer post.Read More