And Still I Rise

And Still I Rise Artist showcase ‘It’s extremely important that we provide an empowering spotlight for Black artists, as well as an opportunity to celebrate resilience and unity’. -Vijay Mistry Our 2020 project ‘And Still I Rise’, helped us to represent local black artists and give them a platform to express their artistry & voices, […]
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2Funky Comedy

2Funky Comedy 2Funky Arts first ventured into the world of UK comedy in 2009, with an event as part of Leicester Comedy Festival at The Peepul Centre. Since then, we have promoted numerous events, bringing comedians of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities to the fore, spreading hilarity along the way. HIGHLIGHTS A staging of the […]
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The Lyric Lounge

The Lyric Lounge The power of words The Lyric Lounge From 25th –31st July 2009, The Y Theatre was transformed into a unique performance space celebrating the power of live literature – as part of the cultural programme for the Special Olympics. Around 1300 people attended the Lyric Lounge festival, which featured workshops, performances, debate, […]
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Base

Base Project Base helped over 100 young people! Benefits of the programme for young people included working towards an Arts Award, CV guidance, boosting self-confidence, improving creative and technical skills, and performing as part of showcases, at venues such as the Curve and New Walk Museum. Base In 2012, 2Funky Arts completed a two-year creative […]
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Words Without Weapons

Words Without Weapons Exploring relevant issues with art Words without weapons This project allowed young people to explore sensitive themes in a supportive atmosphere. It was supported by The Home Office Communities Against Guns, Gangs and Knives Fund. Words Without Weapons From 2012-13, young people from Leicester took part in workshops at the Curve Theatre, with […]
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Midlands and Leicester’s Best Dance Crew

Midlands and Leicester’s Best Dance Crew dance development 2Funky Arts has a proud history of developing and showcasing break and street dance. 2Funky Arts’ “Leicester’s Best” and “Midlands’ Best” Dance Crew events spanned from 2012 to 2016. Running at top venues such as Athena, De Montfort Hall and the Curve, these events saw crews with […]
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Spectrum

Spectrum Project Leicester’s Black music heritage Vocalist Bizzi Dixon, who reached the semi-final in BBC1’s The Voice in 2014, was also featured. The documentary was launched at Phoenix Square in November 2013. The project saw volunteers trained in heritage research and oral history techniques. Volunteers and local music fans played a vital role in the […]
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Project LIVE

Project LIVE Artist Development Programme We always end this project with a live showcase in front of a packed crowd and industry professionals. Artists also get their own CD from this project as well as wider performance opportunities. Project live is an exciting artist development programme, led by acclaimed vocalist lisa millet. Over 6 months, […]
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Youth Music Projects

Youth Music Projects Investing in young people 2Funky Arts has run a range of projects for young people aged 16-25, funded by Youth Music, across Leicester. These have focused mainly on soul, R&B, hip hop, jazz, Afrobeats, funk and pop. They were accredited by the Bronze Arts Award. The Grime & Trap Sessions (2018-2019) This […]
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