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Project Phakama UK

Phakama was originally launched as an arts exchange programme involving young people and arts and education practitioners from communities throughout South Africa and the UK. In the Xhosa language, Phakama means ‘rise up, empower yourself’.

Phakama’s young people and facilitators work together in the UK and around the world to create trailblazing, risk-taking theatrical events in any location with any young person.

Phakama is a youth arts organisation driven by the desire to make high-quality arts. They believe that individuals’ stories have the power to move, challenge and inform. Phakama creates shared spaces for young people to express, grow and perform.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £82,622
  • 2013-2014: £84,522
  • 2014-2015: £86,720

Video feed

Edible Garden | Recipes for Romance

From February until June 2013 Phakama worked with students at Newham Sixth Form College, residents at Hawthorne Green Care Home and Stepney City Farm to grow an edible garden and share stories with one another from their lives to create Recipes for Romance. Edible Garden Team: Corinne Micallef, Almudena Segura, Mike Knowlden, Caroline Jones, Alice Neiva, Sophie Herxheimer, Elaine Robertson, Juancho Gonzalez, Tom Forster, Cedoux Kadima, Reece McKenzie, Joao Goncalves, Lauren Kaur Dhamu, Dominic Cleary, Junior Ajala, Abdul Yoonis, Chandelle Uzima, Natalie Mitchell, Max Pinto, Dagmawit Mekuria, Thamana Khanom, Grace Lissner, Hazel Ferrugia, Cynthia Harrap, Kathleen Dillon, Margaret Joseph, Doris Flanagan, Charles Hall, Patrick Bergin, Harry Lipman, Thomas Sinclair, Bill Coughlin, Nettie Lipman, Carol Sinclair, Edna Sinclair. Film by Juancho Gonzalez

Spotlight Festival Beauty Is...

The Spotlight Festival 2013 was the culmination of the year long Spotlight training programme and saw two groups 'Beauty Is...' and 'thEATre' create, produce and curate their own festival of work at Queen Mary, University of London. This short film, made by Dale Mensah captures some of the highlights from the performance of 'Beauty Is...' What does beauty mean to you? Using the work of emerging artists, 'Beauty Is...' looks at peoples' perceptions of beauty, and how they change based on age and collected experience. This inter-generational project focuses on bringing together people of all ages, under a common theme. A variety of artistic practice will come together to provide an exciting, interactive event, challenging our many overlapping perceptions of beauty and the way we address such themes within the arts.

Spotlight Festival thEATre

The Spotlight Festival 2013 was the culmination of the year long Spotlight training programme and saw two groups 'Beauty Is...' and 'thEATre' create, produce and curate their own festival of work at Queen Mary, University of London. This short film, made by Dale Mensah captures some of the highlights from the performance of 'Beauty Is...' We are what we eat and actions speak louder than words said the Wise Man and then he turned into a Consumer. thEATre is an experimental piece of video-drama scrutinizing the act of eating. We ingest more than what we need, we sip and swallow the world around us. Art, love, time are consumed. What remains after a delicious meal? What remains after seeing this piece? thEATre will take you on a journey to question consumerism as a way of life and the entangled relationship between food, art and media.

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Creative Minds

This animation 'Creative Minds' was made by Ellis Lewis-Dragstra, a young film maker based in London. The film was made in response to the The Spotlight Symposium's overarching question 'How Do We Feed Creativity?' and to five specific questions we asked guests to answer- When does the door open? Who opens the door? What skills are needed to open the door? When does the penny drop? After stepping through the door, how do you stay in? The Spotlight Symposium was produced by Phakama and Dr. Caoimhe McAvinchey, Queen Mary, University of London in June 2013 and was attended by an array of arts organisations, artists, academics, young people, practitioners and policy makers who had conversations about youth employment, issues of access in the arts, and what we can do collectively to enable a more diverse range of young people entry into the industry. We were delighted to welcome Pauline Tambling, Joint CEO of CCSkills as the keynote speaker. Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed to the success of the day. To view more of Ellis' work please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/ellisLewisDragstra/videos

Message in a Bottle | Tributaries - video 3

Youth and Community. A film by Cedoux Kadima April 2013

Message in a Bottle | Tributaries - video 2

visit to the Thames foreshore April 2013 film by Dale Mensah

Message in a Bottle | Tributaries - video 1

Session at Newham Archive April 2013 film by Dale Mensah

Spotlight PROMO

A film by Dale Mensah

SPOTLIGHT TERM 1

Short video by Stephanie Kelley (QMUL student who did a placement with Phakama during term 1 of Spotlight)

Velela! Pop Up festival

A film documenting Velela! Pop Up Festival run by Phakama in London from 16-30 June 2012. A film by Dale Mensah

Phakama 15 years history

A compilation of images of Phakama's last 15 years Edited by Dale Mensah

Q&A with Sam Quinn

Sam Quinn's Peter Piper was the second of the performances in Velela' Scratch Space. We held a Q&A session with him afterwards.

Tripwires Documentary

The film follows what happened when a group of young people, professional artists and campaigners came together to explore where to draw the line in contemporary debates around freedom of expression and censorship. The film shows how understanding of rights and responsibilities of freedom of expression is developed through artistic expression, and offers an engaging lens into personal, local, national and international politics. Directed by Mariusz Majchrowski and produced by Mile End Films

Message in a Bottle (London 12-19 Nov 11) vcast 5

Message in a Bottle is a project run by Project Phakama UK in partnership with Escola Secundaria de Pedro Alexandrino, Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre Centre, Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi, Srebrenica's Youth Council & Youth Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Theatre Company U, Universidad del Pais Vasco Message in a Bottle has the support of Youth in Action Programme

Message in a Bottle (London 12-19 Nov 11) vcast 4

Message in a Bottle is a project run by Project Phakama UK in partnership with Escola Secundaria de Pedro Alexandrino, Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre Centre, Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi, Srebrenica's Youth Council & Youth Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Theatre Company U, Universidad del Pais Vasco Message in a Bottle has the support of Youth in Action Programme

Message in a Bottle (London 12-19 Nov 11) vcast 3

Message in a Bottle is a project run by Project Phakama UK in partnership with Escola Secundaria de Pedro Alexandrino, Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre Centre, Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi, Srebrenica's Youth Council & Youth Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Theatre Company U, Universidad del Pais Vasco Message in a Bottle has the support of Youth in Action Programme

Message in a Bottle (London 12-19 Nov 11) vcast 2

Message in a Bottle is a project run by Project Phakama UK in partnership with Escola Secundaria de Pedro Alexandrino, Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre Centre, Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi, Srebrenica's Youth Council & Youth Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Theatre Company U, Universidad del Pais Vasco Message in a Bottle has the support of Youth in Action Programme

Message in a Bottle (London 12-19 Nov 11) vcast 1

Message in a Bottle is a project run by Project Phakama UK in partnership with Escola Secundaria de Pedro Alexandrino, Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre Centre, Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi, Srebrenica's Youth Council & Youth Centre, Tallaght Community Arts, Theatre Company U, Universidad del Pais Vasco Message in a Bottle has the support of Youth in Action Programme

Tripwires performance

Tripwires is a collaboration between Project Phakama and Index on Censorship. We use the arts to explore freedom of expression, offence and censorship with young Londoners. On Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 April 2011 we presented an interactive multi-media performance about censorship and freedom of expression at the Mile End Arts Pavilion. Film by Juancho Gonzalez

Tripwires session 1 - part 3

A short video from the first Tripwires session.

Tripwires session 1 - video 2

A short video from the first Tripwires Session.

Tripwires Session 1 Interviews

An interview with some Tripwires participants.

We Ate London

Follow our participants in their journey to build London out of Food.

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