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Ensemble Festival

24 July 2021

Charmaine Childs – Strong Lady – Picture Credit Sean Longmore
On Saturday 24 July Ensemble Festival will present an explosive mix of art and performance bringing the very best of UK artists to heart of the Docklands. This is the second Ensemble Festival developed by producers Certain Blacks; an arts development organisation based locally in Custom House in the Royal Docks.
This year’s event is free and presents newly commissioned projects in partnership with Without Walls, a consortium of UK festivals specializing in outdoor art and performance and funded by Arts Council England.   The festival features:
Jason Singh’s The Hidden Music of Trees is an augmented reality audio and visual installation.
Strong Enough from Strong Lady Productions is a powerfully optimistic show that celebrates stories of ‘ordinary’ people finding strength in the places where we wobble, fall, and wonder if we are strong enough.
Simple Cypher fuse Hip Hop and circus to create dynamic, uplifting experiences which dissolve the stereotypes that divide us; shattering divisions between race, education and class
Do What Yah Mama told Yah! is an immersive and vibrant comedy circus show featuring plate-spinning, food-juggling, fire-blazing and brings the family kitchen and recipes from across the globe to life.
Joli Vyann present Don’t Drink and Dance, an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theatre - blurring the boundaries of dance and circus skills Joli Vyann’s work is athletic, technical, exciting, emotive, sensitive and relevant and uses acrobatic tricks, fluid choreography and inventive characters
Emergency Exit Arts’ Recovery Poem, an inspiring light poem created by artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger as a response to the pandemic gathered through talking and listening to communities. The work reflects our recent times and the need for a collective thought.

Benna - is a Spoken-word artist born and raised in South London. He fuses observations from his environment with deep analysis to paint pictures with multiple colours for people from all walks of life to decipher.
Muntu Valdo is a jazz guitarist, harmonica player, and singer from Cameroon, whose uplifting music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery.  He has performed with Ali Farka ToureManu DibangoKeziah Jones, and Alpha Blondy and played WOMAD, London Jazz Festival