Music on the Train
Music on the Train was run by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership between Wickford and Southminster, in conjunction with Essex Cultural Diversity Project.
Efua Sey Cultural Academy were a key delivery partner in the project with performances at both Wickford and Southminster stations and engaging with audiences on the platforms, train journeys and ticket office.
Over 300 passengers, young and old, climbed aboard the two sell-out Music on the Train events, which ran along the Crouch Valley Line. The project saw scores of children treated to a wide range of music and dance, from Bollywood to Kora, from Samba to Djembe drumming. With traditional Indian food and henna hand painting on the platform at Wickford, there was something for everyone.
Village Green Festival
As part of the 10th Village Green Festival, Essex Cultural Diversity Project hosted the Global Village world music and dance stage, showcasing the best of local diverse talent alongside national and international artists.
2019 saw the Global Village stage expanding into a Global Arena with additional activities including Global Village Plus food and henna stalls along with several workshops, from Chinese calligraphy to flower making, culinary arts to djembe drumming.
Global Village Plus featured the Arts in Transit van by artist Lata Upadhyaya, a mobile performing arts space that will host culinary arts with guest chef Paul Singh Babra from Canterbury Curry Club and Vibha Osbon from Madras Café. Harlow based Ghanaian artist Efua Sey also joined the van, providing African Djembe and dance workshops.
The focus of this year’s Global Village was the Caravanserai, featuring circus, dance, music, folklore, and storytelling. Caravanserai is a stopping place; an inn defined by a central courtyard for travellers in the desert regions of Asia. They existed along the Silk Road and became cultural hubs through which stories and various art forms travelled and transformed between cultures from village to village. Similarly, another form of travelling culture existed: From the 1600’s until the mid-nineteenth century, groups of actors and acrobats known as Troubadours toured the region bringing theatre and arts to the people.
25 flag bearers from Kinetika joined the activity in the arena through a Global Procession from Chalkwell House to Global Village with a combined troupe of artists representing Brazil, Ghana, China, India, Congo for a grand finale along with drums, silk flags and puppets.
Oh, the Places We’ll Go!
As part of our continuing partnership with Essex Book Festival, we co-hosted a fun-packed afternoon of storytelling and family activities with a theme of journeys, adventures and places around the world, both real and imagined.
The event took place at The Transition & Foyles Bookshop in Chelmsford City Centre, during the opening weekend of the Chelmsford Festival.
At Foyles Bookshop we had a pop-up storytelling armchair, and at The Transition there were Traditional Stories from Africa and Djembe drumming with Efua Sey Korbi, Chinese calligraphy workshops with the Colchester Chinese Culture Society, flash fiction writing, Bollywood dancing with ABCD Bollywood Dance School, and bilingual storytelling with JaJaJa Books.