And Still I Rise

Midlands Tour

‘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

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Also supported by Belgrave Ward Councillors and Spinney Hills Ward Councillors (Community Ward Funding from Leicester City Council).

As part of Black History Month 2021, we worked with 12 Midlands based performers of Black, Caribbean and African descent, and toured 4 cities across the Midlands.  (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester & Birmingham)

We collaborated with different organisations – punch records, baby people, just cube- from each city to accomplish our goal of a Midlands tour and also networked with new artists.

Each artist was commissioned to create a performance theme that expressed their own experiences of the turbulent times shaped by Black Lies Matter and/ or the disproportionate impact of Covid-19. 

This was an amazing tour that gave representation to a variety of diverse black artists in multiple artforms spanning across: MCing, Singing, Dance, Poetry and Spoken Word.

This tour was hosted by RUKUS

Phidizz  │ CrossyR3Marcus Joseph
Michelle-Kim Vacciana │Morgan Munroe
Strizzy StraussThe OratorHelder Delgado
Jay L’BoothShauna LattyNat Negus
DJ set by DJ KMS