We have been working with Shambala Festival for the last 8 years bringing our love of music and culture to thousands of Shambalans. The Music and Voice workshop is nestled in the haven of the meadow where our lovely hosts Dave and Annette run the healing area. The Koo Kou's stage and the Shamanic Tipi have grown as a part of our Shambala journey and we are extremely proud to be able to grow our dreams alongside a team of inspiring and creative people. We are proud to be a part of this pioneering organisation who aren't afraid to push the boundaries and explore utopia.
Our Summer School in August is held in the beautiful surroundings of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire. We feel very honored to be in such close proximity to nature and this site allows us the freedom and space sing and dance in fresh air and beautiful landscapes. Our lovely hosts Nick and Lucy make it possible for the Summer School to happen and we are very happy to be partnering with them.
Imayla offers fun and learning opportunities for young people, families and groups, combining creative arts and environmental activities inspired by the natural environment. They help their participants learn in new places and in new ways and to make connections across cultural, artistic and physical divides. We work with Imayla to bring community groups to the Summer School and other events across the year.
Kori work hard to provide support, advocacy and provisions and enable real opportunities for leadership, education, volunteering, training and work experience, both within and beyond the community. We work with Kori to bring youth to the Summer School so they can explore music, art and culture in a safe and nurturing environment.
The LARA (Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts) fund works to support the arts of asylum seekers and refugees living in Bristol, through showcasing performances and supporting development of arts, especially music, among refugees and asylum seekers. We work with LARA to give Refugee artists a platform to perform at events throughout the year. We also give opportunities for refugees to volunteer and work at our events.
We are please to partner with Dmac UK. We collaborate on various projects, sharing ideas and supporting each others work. DMAC UK hosts a huge range of dance, movement and martial arts classes at the InAlignment Studios in Bristol’s Stokes Croft. Variety is key to us at DMAC. Classes range from African Dance, Capoeira Angola to Tai, Yoga and more. Each class is run by an experienced teacher who will share their love of dance and movement in a welcoming environment.
Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It brings together groups and artists/performers of any background or political status. (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country. Platforma have supported us with a bursary for one of the team to attend and speak at the November 2015 Platforma conference in Leicester. They have also supported us with funds in 2016 towards engaging more refugee artists and individuals attending our events. We are planning more projects including a music and dance project in conjunction wth Dmacuk. We hope that the quality and diversity of the work presented within the Platforma project will encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.
Coexist is a social enterprise, setup as a community interest company based on a philosophy of open hearted and active engagement. They believe that the successful and much needed regeneration of our community is sustainable only if the growth is organic and from the bottom up! We are pleased to partner with Coexist based in Hamilton House in Bristol. As tenanats we are given a reduced rate for hire of space in then building. They also offer free hire to Bristol Wow women of the world for the monthly meetings and a number of free weeks hire for exhibitions. This year, they have also given us free use of space for various projects including a Refugee dance project in collaboration with Impermanence Dance Theatre.
Impermanence Dance Theatre
We have partnered with Alessandro Marzotto Levy of Impermanence Dance Theatre to bring Refugees together to share stories and experiences. The sessions were held at Hamilton House where dialogues and words were translated into dance movement. This was an enriching journey of discovery for all involved.
For the last 10 years Theatre Bristol has been working to create the best conditions for people to make, experience and take part in awesome theatre. They offer bespoke advice and support to artists and producers; commission and produce new work; run events (networking, inspiration, action planning); host a user-generated website; research new ways of working and develop national and international exchange opportunities. Theatre Bristol worked with us to offer a bursary place to our summer school this August. They wanted to give an opportunity to a Bristol based dance artist who had never attended the summer school and had an interest in increasing their knowledge of different cultural dance forms.