Wednesday 15 June 2016: 11:15 - 11:25 and 13:45 - 14:00 (Outdoor scene)
Thursday 16 June 2016: 10:50 - 11:00 and 14:35 - 14:45 (Indoor scene)
The power of culture in achieving our development goals
Six young people from the Horn of Africa - beneficiaries of the EU funded project HOLLA (Horn of Africa Leadership and Learning for Action) - address socioeconomic issues and youth related concerns through dance, poetry, music and hip hop inspired by Shakespeare.
HOLLA (Horn of Africa Leadership and Learning for Action) is a project funded by EU and implemented by British Council which contributes to the promotion of peace and development in the Horn of Africa (HoA). Specifically it aims to enhance resilience to conflict in Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia through the capacity building of civil society organisations and the promotion of a Youth Coalition supporting young people and communities.
This performance results from capacity-building workshops with young people in the Horn of Africa. The first series was led by Akala and The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company using dance and hip hop, and the second was led by UK performance poet Deanna Rodger, Dan Boyden (The Change Collective) and Dan Tsu (Lyrix Organix) on the musicality and lyricism of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Through an exploration of Shakespeare’s plays, characters and themes, modern day concerns such as poverty, gender discrimination and democracy are discussed amongst marginalised youth. These youth are then taught to express these concerns using dance, hip hop (music) and the words of Shakespeare (poetry).
2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Through these workshops, Shakespeare has been used as a platform to address socioeconomic and youth related concerns, as well as a way of enabling the participants to explore their own creative potential and develop new artistic skills.
Find out more about Hip Hop Shakespeare in the Horn of Africa