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Debate RACE! Celebrate RACE!

Debate RACE! Celebrate RACE!

DEBATE RACE! CELEBRATE RACE! Thursday 28th September 2017 6pm - 9pm 2Funky Music Cafe, Leicester This event is FREE and is open to anyone of any age - just turn up on the day

Festival2Funky Presents Shut It Down Dance Battles - £500 Prizes

Festival2Funky Presents Shut It Down Dance Battles - £500 Prizes

#Festival2Funky Presents Shut It Down Dance Battles

Festival2Funky 2017

Festival2Funky 2017

Festival2Funky 2017

Festival2Funky Presents Guide to Music Promo & Radio Airplay

Festival2Funky Presents Guide to Music Promo & Radio Airplay

#Festival2Funky Presented Guide to Music Promotion & Radio Airplay with EAVA FM & Horus Music

Festival2Funky Presents Jon1st DJ Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presents Jon1st DJ Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presents Jon1st DJ Masterclass

 Festival2Funky Presents Decypher Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presents Decypher Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presents Decypher Masterclass On Stage Presence

2Funky Comedy Jam

2Funky Comedy Jam

2Funky’s brings you an exhilarating stand-up comedy show

2Funky Record Fair

2Funky Record Fair

Expect to purchase soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, dub, disco, motown, drum & bass, house, ukg and all other genres in between.

2Funky Arts And HQ Presented... LC UNITE - With Live Performance from English singer and rapper DONAE'O

BHM Record Fair

BHM Record Fair

2Funky Music Cafe hosted it's first record fair which tied in well with Black History Month.

Akala, Its not a Rumour 10th Anniversary Tour!

Akala, Its not a Rumour 10th Anniversary Tour!

Akala celebrated Its not a Rumour 10th Anniversary Tour!

2Funky LIVE BHM Special

2Funky LIVE BHM Special

2Funky Launched a brand new night showcasing LIVE bands and acoustic sets

iluvlive Leicester 26.9.16

iluvlive Leicester 26.9.16

iluvlive Leicester 26.9.16 Headliner: Yxng Bane Skeez | Lindsey Wells | Okiem | Uchenne Nwabude

Pete Rock & CL Smooth Live in Leicester!

Pete Rock & CL Smooth Live in Leicester!

Pete Rock & CL Smooth Live in Leicester!

WILL-E - One Man Show Plus Support

WILL-E - One Man Show Plus Support

Get Ready For An Explosive Evening With Will-E Like You Have Never Seen Him Before And See Why He Was P.diddy's No.1 Bad Boy Of Comedy!!

SOUL ACOUSTIC TOUR Leicester

SOUL ACOUSTIC TOUR Leicester

SOUL ACOUSTIC IS BACK and doing it for the girls with an all-female lineup, honouring women’s contributions to music.

International Music Hero Roy Ayers Live in Leicester

International Music Hero Roy Ayers Live in Leicester

Iconic musician/ vocalist Roy Ayers played live on Saturday 12 December at the new 2Funky Music Café, to a full house.

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2015

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2015

The sensational urban dance competition is back!

Say It Loud - Featuring Floacist (Floetry)

Say It Loud - Featuring Floacist (Floetry)

Baby People are proud to announce its ‘Say It Loud’ Tour - a celebration of UK LGBT black music.

Addict Crowned Leicester’s Best Dance Crew 2015

Addict Crowned Leicester’s Best Dance Crew 2015

ow in its sixth year, 2Funky Arts’ Leicester’s Best Dance Crew returned to Curve Theatre, Leicester, on Saturday 25 April 2015, for the show’s sixth year.

2Funy Comedy Show

2Funy Comedy Show

2Funy Comedy presented 2 nights of laughs with some of the UK’s comedy circuit favourites in Leicester & Nottingham

Festival2Funky 2014

Festival2Funky 2014

8 Events, 5 Venues Over 100 Bands, Artists, DJS, Workshops & B-Boys

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2014

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2014

12 crews battled it out to win this year’s £1000 prize and the winner’s title, in Midlands Best Dance Crew 2014!

Blaze Master Jam UK Qualifiers

Blaze Master Jam UK Qualifiers

Karam Singh, aged 15 from Derby, has won the UK qualifier for a high profile, international breakin competition.

Soul Acoustic

Soul Acoustic

As part of the Inside Out Festival, 2Funky Arts joined forces with Punch Records, for Soul Acoustic.

Leicesters Best Dance Crew 2014

Leicesters Best Dance Crew 2014

12 dance crews performed at Curve Theatre on Saturday 1 February, in the sold-out event run by 2Funky Arts with the £1K cash prize.

My Highfields Exhibition

My Highfields Exhibition

My Highfields was an exciting photographic and biographical exhibition, exploring diversity within this vibrant inner city area.

Leicester Roots

Leicester Roots

Discovering the roots of hip hop in Leicester

Leicesters Best Dance Crew 2013

Leicesters Best Dance Crew 2013

Local group TXS have been crowned official winners of Leicester’s Best Dance Crew 2013!

Divercity 2012

Divercity 2012

Taking place on Saturday 6 October at Curve Theatre, as part of Black History Season 2012, DiverCity was a spectacular display of some of the finest dancers from across Leicester and beyond!

Words without Weapons Round 3

Words without Weapons Round 3

Between July and September 2012, eleven young people from Leicester took part in workshops at Curve Theatre, with urban artist Bizzi, to explore themes surrounding knife and violent crime and write lyrics with anti-crime messages.

Market Bosworth High School: Youth activities

Market Bosworth High School: Youth activities

2Funky Arts recently teamed up with Market Bosworth High School (MBHS), to run a project aimed at piloting and long-term planning for new youth arts provision in the Market Bosworth area.

Words without Weapons!

Words without Weapons!

Words Without Weapons is a 2Funky Arts project that uses lyricism and music as a vehicle for exploring issues surrounding violent and knife crime

2Funky Dance Crew

2Funky Dance Crew

From January-March 2012, our very own 2Funky Dance Crew took part in an exciting 'Bollywood meets hip-hop' project, funded by BBC Performing Arts Fund.

Master class with Brooke Milliner

Master class with Brooke Milliner

In January 2012, talented local young people took part in a masterclass with Hip Hop genius Brooke.

BASE

BASE

2Funky Arts recently completed a two year creative project, funded by Big Lottery’s Young People’s Fund 2.

Summer Urban Academy

Summer Urban Academy

2Funky Arts Summer Urban Arts Academy with Bizzi and MC Fire

May Half Term - Recording time.

May Half Term - Recording time.

New to 2Funky Arts, our very rough vocal booth.

May Half Term - Music Production.

May Half Term - Music Production.

Music Production workshop with Gra.

Youth Committee meeting 17/02/11

Youth Committee meeting 17/02/11

2Funky Youth Committee meet every few months and decide on the type of projects they want to be doing at 2Funky Arts Base.

Singing with Mellow Baku

Singing with Mellow Baku

A group of young people joined with the talented Mellow Baku to create and record some original music.

Urban Style Challenge

Urban Style Challenge

February half term saw the premier of the Urban Style Challenge here at 2Funky Arts BASE.

Maxi Priest Visits Base!

Maxi Priest Visits Base!

Reggae legend and superstar Maxi priest visited Base for an impromptu masterclass in February 2011.

Half term workshop - DJing with Kid J

Half term workshop - DJing with Kid J

DJ Kid J led an amazing workshop covering scratching, mixing CD's, and working as a professional DJ, all in the space of two hours.

DiverCity Dance

DiverCity Dance

Young people's dance groups came together to perform at a fantastic show at the Peepul Centre as part of Black History Season 2010.

ILUVLYRICS

ILUVLYRICS

The very successful ILUVLYRICS urban poetry, lyric writing and spoken word workshops ended with the young people supporting Decypher Collective in their new show 8sixteen32 at the Peepul Centre.

We are in From Dusk 2 Dawn Magazine!

We are in From Dusk 2 Dawn Magazine!

We have been given a whole feature in FD2D magazine thanks to the good work we have been doing around the City. Click for more!

Artist Enterprise

Artist Enterprise

The fantastic Artist Enterprise programme has now finished and was a huge success.

Lyric Lounge Leicester 2010

Lyric Lounge Leicester 2010

This summer saw New Walk Museum transformed into ‘Lyric Lounge Leicester’ – an enchanting performance space celebrating the power of live literature.

Aeroplane Dope Dubstep Masterclasses

Aeroplane Dope Dubstep Masterclasses

Young people produced a Dubstep album and mixtape lead by local artist Aeroplane Dope.

Igniting Hip Hop

Igniting Hip Hop

A spell-binding hip hop theatre piece, performed by young people from Moat Community College and Directed by Donald Edwards.

Young People Help to Heal Haiti

Young People Help to Heal Haiti

Our recent V funded project (VOL:UME) saw a team of local young people organise an awesome showcase event and raise £447.07 in aid of the Haiti appeal.

Singing Workshops with Mellow Baku

Singing Workshops with Mellow Baku

A group of young people worked with Mellow Baku at BASE to develop their vocal and lyric writing skills.

BASS Masterclasses

BASS Masterclasses

DJSS, DJ G Child, Baby J, Ras Kwame and Street Rhymers all led awesome masterclasses at Base in the first half of 2010. They were more popular than we could have imagined!

Surround Sounds 08 & 09

Surround Sounds 08 & 09

A two year music production and promotion project for young people aged 13-19 who are not in education, employment or training. Supported by Connexions Leicestershire.

Urban Legacy Exhibition

Urban Legacy Exhibition

A photographic exhibition and community event celebrating Leicester’s urban and Black music scene over the last 40 years, featuring Cornershop, Carol Leeming and DJSS. Funded by Awards for All.

Creative Partnerships

Creative Partnerships

We completed a range of Creative Partnership projects with schools and pupil referral units around the city between 2007 & 8.

Dance and Music Academies

Dance and Music Academies

2Funky Arts have completed a number of vacation time workshop programmes in areas of Leicester such as the West End, Beaumont Leys and Saffron Lane Estate. Read more about the West End project!

Tha Lo'Down

Tha Lo'Down

A compilation and showcase featuring the very best unsigned urban artists in Leicestershire. Commissioned by Creative Leicestershire and Leicester City Council and supported by EMMNET.

Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio LIVE!

Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio LIVE!

Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio LIVE!

Festival2funky Presents Graffiti Workshops

Festival2funky Presents Graffiti Workshops

Festival2funky Presents Graffiti Workshops

Festival2Funky Presented Bizzi Dixon Vocal Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presented Bizzi Dixon Vocal Masterclass

Festival2Funky Presented Bizzi Dixon Vocal Masterclass

 Festival2funky Presents Make Music Make Sense Masterclass

Festival2funky Presents Make Music Make Sense Masterclass

Festival2funky Presents Make Music Make Sense Masterclass Saturday 27th May 1pm - 2pm

Shut It Down Outdoor Hip-Hop Stage At Breakin Convention

Shut It Down Outdoor Hip-Hop Stage At Breakin Convention

2Funky Arts & Unite The Scene Presents... Shut It Down Outdoor Stage @ Breakin Conventio

Shalamar LIVE

Shalamar LIVE

2Funky Arts & Sonic Attractions Presents Shalamar LIVE

Project Band Phase 2

Project Band Phase 2

Project Band Phase 2 - Launches 7th March 2017 Calling all musicians, singers, spoken word artists, rappers and aged 16-25.

LC Unite free funday

LC Unite free funday

2Funky Arts and HQ Recording Studio joined forces to host a Free event funded by The Big Lottery

Gang Starr Foundation World Tour in Leicester!

Gang Starr Foundation World Tour in Leicester!

2FUNKY MUSIC CAFE & HQ RECORDING STUDIO PRESENTS... GANG STARR FOUNDATION WORLD TOUR

LOVERS ROCK MONOLOGUES

LOVERS ROCK MONOLOGUES

Lovers Rock icons Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans come together to celebrate its golden years.

BHM Aba Shanti-I

BHM Aba Shanti-I

Aba Shanti-I solo session on his own sound system.

Kane Brown “The Oath” Comedy Show

Kane Brown “The Oath” Comedy Show

A compelling one man comedy show

Sky News Features 2Funky Arts

Sky News Features 2Funky Arts

Our Director Vijay Mistry was recently quoted in a Sky News article

JULIAN MARLEY LIVE!

JULIAN MARLEY LIVE!

As part of his UK tour and in conjunction with his new album, catch Julian Marley live with his full band.

Project Band

Project Band

Project Band Calling all singers, spoken word artists, rappers and musicians aged 16-25. Take part in a FREE 3 month workshop programme

Festival2Funky 2016

Festival2Funky 2016

Now in its 3rd year, Festival2Funky will be a fantastic celebration of Black music and arts, running from 23-29 May 2016.

2Funky’s 20th Birthday Jam!

2Funky’s 20th Birthday Jam!

2Funky 20th Birthday Celebration

Project:LIVE Showcase

Project:LIVE Showcase

Watch performances by the East Midlands’ hottest up-and-coming urban artists and musicians.

Radio2Funky 95.1FM

Radio2Funky 95.1FM

Radio2Funky Embraces Black History Month 2015

SLUM VILLAGE LIVE

SLUM VILLAGE LIVE

Slum Village from Detroit, was formed by three members: rappers Baatin (deceased, 31 July 2009) and T3, plus rapper and producer J Dilla (deceased, 10 February 2006).

2Funky Comedy Jam & Afterparty

2Funky Comedy Jam & Afterparty

2Funky Comedy Jam returned to Athena, in February 2015; back due to public demand.

2Sing - Youth Vocal Project

2Sing - Youth Vocal Project

In 2014, local young people aged 16-19, were given the chance to work with professional music artists in a nine month programme.

Botown

Botown

Their first time at Curve Theatre, Botown wowed audiences on 4 October with their powerful fusion of soul and Bollywood.

Spectrum: video and website

Spectrum: video and website

2Funky Arts put together a unique documentary and website on the history of music of Black origin in Leicester. Spectrum tracks the city’s history of soul, disco, reggae, R&B, gospel, drum 'n' bass, hip hop and ‘urban’ music over the last 40 years.

Jaki Graham LIVE

Jaki Graham LIVE

UK singer Jaki Graham was live in Leicester at Abbey Sports and Leisure Club, on Saturday 3 May 2014, as part of a 70’s, 80’s & 90’s soul night.

The Real McCoy Comedy Show

The Real McCoy Comedy Show

The original cast members from the groundbreaking nineties series The Real McCoy took to the stage at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on 29 March 2014.

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2013

Midlands Best Dance Crew 2013

Leicester act Base have been crowned official winners of Midlands Best Dance Crew 2013. Second place went to Nuvo III, of Birmingham, and third to Ruby Dolls from Leicester. This is the first time the urban dance competition has been staged in Leicester.

ILUVLYRICS - Our Big Gig

ILUVLYRICS - Our Big Gig

On Sunday 14 July 2013, 2Funky Arts held a massive showcase of music and lyricism, as part of Our Big Gig.

Festival2Funky 2013

Festival2Funky 2013

Festival2Funky was a massive celebration of urban music, on Saturday 25 May 2013. Taking place across four venues on Leicester’s Braunstone Gate.

Dance-Abetic

Dance-Abetic

In Autumn 2012, 2Funky Arts ran Dance-abetic – a community dance and Type 2 Diabetes awareness programme. For 12 weeks, 35 local adults and young people took part in street & Bollywood dance workshops.

ILUVLYRICS Slam 2012

ILUVLYRICS Slam 2012

Hosted by Glastonbury Slam Champion John Berkavitch, this ILUVLYRICS slam was an evening of lyricism, poetry and spoken word magic, from some of Leicester’s finest performers.

Swim 2 Funky Music

Swim 2 Funky Music

Summer 2012 saw our first Swim2funkymusic project.

Suits & Saris showcase

Suits & Saris showcase

On Friday 1 June 2012, 2Funky Arts organised Suits and Saris Showcase, in a massive celebration of Eastern and Western music, dance and fashion.

Easter Hip Hop Dance workshops

Easter Hip Hop Dance workshops

2Funky Arts recently ran an inspiring Easter programme of Hip-Hop dance workshops, with experienced practitioner Chi.

Leicester’s Best Dance Crew 2012

Leicester’s Best Dance Crew 2012

Ten dance crews performed at Curve Theatre on Sunday 12 February 2012, in the sold-out event run by 2Funky Arts. Leicester and Leicestershire’s most talented crews battled it out to win the trophy, as well as a stonking £1000 prize.

Smoothie

Smoothie

2Funky Arts was approached by Brightsparks Arts in Mental Health Group and the Creative Arts Coordinators for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, to host Smoothie - an exciting music project that ran from Autumn 2010 to Summer 2011.

Everybody's Reading Poetry Slam!

Everybody's Reading Poetry Slam!

2Funky Arts took ILUVLYRICS to Young adults day at Everybody's reading festival.

DJing for beginners course with DJ Kid J

DJing for beginners course with DJ Kid J

A successful 8 week DJing course.

2Funky Arts @ Word!

2Funky Arts @ Word!

2Funky's ILUVLYRICS group performed at the spoken word event WORD AT THE Y Theatre.

May Half Term - DJing workshop.

May Half Term - DJing workshop.

DJing workshop with DJ Kid J.

May half term - Radio Production.

May half term - Radio Production.

Radio Production workshop with Natalie from Demon FM.

Arts Award Achievers.

Arts Award Achievers.

15 young people have achieved their Arts Award with us!

February Half Term Photography Workshop

February Half Term Photography Workshop

Kajal lead another brilliant photography workshop in February half term 2011. Funded by Leicester City Council PAYP fund.

February Half Term 2011: Music Production.

February Half Term 2011: Music Production.

A packed out Music Production session finished with everyone walking away with a tune they made that day. Funded by Leicester City Council PAYP.

Mcing and singing with Bizzi

Mcing and singing with Bizzi

Bizzi kicked off the session by playing an instrumental then two hours later the group had the beginnings of two wicked tracks.

Connexions Project 4

Connexions Project 4

2Funky Arts and Connexions teamed up to put on a number of taster sessions.

Bosworth Community College Visit

Bosworth Community College Visit

Students attending the Business and Enterprise course at Bosworth Community College paid us a visit to find out more about how we work.

Everybody's Reading

Everybody's Reading

In an effort to get more people reading and writing, 2Funky Arts held Urban Tea Time and a lyrical open mic performance.

Bali Rai Visit

Bali Rai Visit

Renowned author Bali Rai visited 2Funky Arts to talk to young people about his work and how they can get started as young writers.

Daljit Nagra Poetry Masterclass

Daljit Nagra Poetry Masterclass

Award winning poet Daljit Nagra brought his blend of culture and wit to a one off poetry workshop at Base.

Beats and Bars (Round 2)

Beats and Bars (Round 2)

Young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training worked together to create a CD album and progress onto other opportunities.

June Half Term

June Half Term

Read on for the summary of our June 2010 half term workshops.

Beats & Bars 2010 (Round 1)

Beats & Bars 2010 (Round 1)

Read on for a story about our first round of Beats & Bars, in 2010.

DJing Workshops with Kid J

DJing Workshops with Kid J

Professional DJ Kid J worked with a group of young people to develop their DJing skills at BASE.

What's the Point?

What's the Point?

2Funky Arts were commissioned by local health partners, to plan a safe, alcohol free night of Urban sounds for 13 – 17 year olds, to promote smoking cessation and prevention.

City DJs

City DJs

2Funky Arts' DJing Summer School for people in Riverside areas with Glamour and Kid J.

The Lyric Lounge (2009)

The Lyric Lounge (2009)

Seven days and seven nights of live literature at The Y Theatre! Managed, marketed and delivered on behalf of a range of partners, as part of Renaissance East Midlands’ contribution to the Igniting Ambition programme. Inspired by London 2012.

Partnership with The Spark Children's Arts Festival

Partnership with The Spark Children's Arts Festival

2Funky Arts has a strong partnership with The Spark Children’s Arts Festival.

BASS Festival (East Midlands)

BASS Festival (East Midlands)

A feast of urban arts, in partnership with Punch Records. Supported by Arts Council East Midlands.

Beyond The Underground

Beyond The Underground

Supporting a young person in the development of a major music industry conference for other young people.

Passport to Volunteer Scheme
We want to recognise and support local volunteers and encourage more people to get involved in volunteering.
Bright Lights: BAME Role Models and Leaders in Arts and Culture
Join us for the launch of The Pocket Guide to BAME Role Models and Leaders in the Performing Arts
DEVELOPING YOUR CHOREOGRAPHIC VOICE 3
This unique professional development experience will give participants the chance to see and develop new skills and be inspired by great dance practice presented by renowned artist Cameron McKinney