The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant provisioned for IROKO Theatre to hire a new Trainee Heritage Support Officer. Kate Kelsall joined IROKO part-time in February - find out what she has been working on...
Kate Kelsall (pictured above with our partners Chike Azuonye and Hassan Aliyu from the Nigerian Arts Society UK) joined IROKO part-time in February.
With a professional background in arts/cultural marketing and publicity and fresh from finishing her History Masters at SOAS, Kate was excited to put her passion for history into practice in a community arts context. Since then, among other things, she has been co-ordinating our team of hardworking and creative volunteer researchers. Together they have been exploring all corners of the internet, libraries, academic texts, archives, museums and interviewing leading authorities and practitioners of Nigerian heritage, to collate as much information as possible on Uli, Nsibidi, Aroko and the Talking Drum – past and present practices… and future prospects. We are currently drawing all this rich content together in a resource pack that will be available online for you all to dive into!
Watch this space!! Our next newsletter will introduce you to the volunteers, inform you of the exciting interviews they have been making and (drumroll please!!) launch the ‘Speaking Without Voice’ resource pack!!! If you are not already signed up to our newsletter pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our mailing list.
On July 20th 29 excited members of the community travelled up to Liverpool, to see the Igbo Compound within the International Slavery Museum. The recreated family compound is decorated with Uli designs, commissioned from local artists!
IROKO Theatre have begun conducting a series of workshops and training sessions, teaching musical skills to different sections of the community, including school children.