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Index on Censorship present… Go East!

August 25th, 2010 by Kit
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p>A day and night of cabaret, comedy and DJs, with a performance from the sensational underground Belarus Free Theatre!

Join Index on Censorship, the UK’s leading freedom of expression organisation, and the Belarus Free Theatre at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, for a packed night of cabaret, comedy from Sony award short listed Miriam Elia and The Fix – and all-night mischief. Come and see a mischievous mix of Belarusian funk DJs, live music, cabaret and comedians – all for the exceptionally brave people who dare to speak up, and challenge Belarus’s dictator Lukashenko.

The multi-award winning Belarus Free Theatre, banned in their native Belarus, is renowned for staging underground and uncensored performances that draw attention to the continuing problems faced by Belarusians in “Europe’s last dictatorship”. Their recent performances, including at the Soho Theatre, London and the Under the Radar Festival, New York, have won widespread acclaim. On July 13 the troop performed a rendition of ‘Numbers’ in an event hosted by Index on Censorship and presented by Tom Stoppard at the Free Word Centre in London.

Confirmed DJs:, Mr. Chips, DJ Perry Stroika and the Tblisi Sound Machine & DJ Gaz Nost.

Get your tickets :   H E R E

Reviews of the Belarus Free Theatre:

“Intensely dramatic and extremely well acted… they are truly gifted, devoted, utterly focused… I feel humbled… these are people are on the barricades, they’re brave”

Sir Tom Stoppard

‘This dazzling production… shows a spiritual resilience that makes dictatorship look even more inflexible and absurd.’

The Guardian *****

‘As gripping and accomplished a piece of theatre as you’ll find in London this year… this is world class theatre, built on the raw guts of experience’

The Telegraph *****

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C*L*A*S*H – 16 July

May 25th, 2010 by Mr. T

Returning for our next installment of bringing the soundclash format bang up to date, the next CLASH will be held on Friday 16 July.  Eight teams – three tracks per round – one winner.

The registration for new teams is now open, and the July edition of the championship will see us moving into a bigger space for the summer.  No DJ ability is required, just good tune selection.

Think you have what it takes to take the prize and the glory?  Get in touch and enter a team.  Check the video for more info on the format

Mail for entry

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Radar – music video commissions

May 18th, 2010 by Mr. T

Born from The Radar Festival which showcased music video makers in 2006,  Radar Music Video is a platform that brings together recording artists who want a video with new and established directors looking to land a gig.  Even before the official launch last week, Radar could already claim credit for having a hand in video commissions for Fat Boy Slim, Tiga, London Elektricity and Crookers.

Radar Music Video

The way it works is simple and the pricing is heavily skewed to benefit the filmmakers – commissioners pay £19.99 a month to post their briefs and directors pay just £3.99 a month to view and respond to them.  Judging by the testimonials on the site, this business model has been very well received by all parties and we think it’s only a matter of time before it’s more widely adopted, particularly towards the budget end of the creative industries where it would hold wide appeal for those starting to establish their career.  Vulture agents beware – the middle man is being cut out.

Go check out the platform, post a commission, bid for work and see the video showcase  here —

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CLASH – April 23

April 8th, 2010 by Mr. T

As election fever strikes the nation, our MP3 battle returns for another installment on St George’s Day with a new broadcast for the CLASH Party! In keeping with British political tradition, we have claimed an old idea and spun it as our own – the soundclash.

Our manifesto is simple: 8 teams battle head to head, playing their best tunes each round to musically outfox each other. Making progress to the next stage depends on winning the support of the crowd who decide who gets knocked out. The winner takes the prize and the glory!

Musically, any genre goes. The emphasis of the night is for the audience to get involved and decide the outcome. Teams are positively encouraged to bring a secret weapon to the battle and throw down a guilty pleasure or personalised tune.

Once again, Big Rich will be hosting the night with DJs warming the crowd up and playing between the heats. Can current champions The I Team retain their crown?

There’s still a few spaces for new teams so drop us a mail if you fancy stepping up and demonstrating the quality of your tune selection. DJ ability is not required!

King’s Cross Social Club – upstairs – WC1X 9JE
Doors 8pm. Free.
Mail for entry!


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A Public View

March 23rd, 2010 by Kit

Panik came across A Public View through a friend who told us that they were doing accessible art. Public View is based on the simple idea of staging art exhibitions on the street and the 20th of March 2010 saw their first exhibition opening. The exhibition is taking place in Brighton and sees five photographs displayed in as many locations across the city. The images are of nearby windows that have been photographed, printed and pasted up near the original real window. Panik thinks it’s a really clever idea; a subtle intervention into daily life but one that allows the everyday world around us to be seen slightly differently.
We don’t know when the exhibition ends as the organisers don’t either – as long as the council allows them we guess. You can keep and eye on the progress of the work by checking out their website here, which has more information, mailing list, images of the work and a free guide to the exhibition.  A Public View was also realised through the help of Second Draft, who are small design team specialising in website design and maintenance, with an interest in helping people in the creative arts.

All images ©  A Public View 2010

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