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23.  05.  2007

Freedom Showcase Seeks experienced freelancers to join its creative team

The Freedom Showcase is a regional spoken word event of culturally diverse writing/performance taking place on Thursday 19 July 2007 at Phoenix Arts in Leicester. It brings together talented writers and creative practitioners from the cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham and is linked to the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

The Project Group seeks an experienced Musical Director and Visual Designer with enthusiastic interest in spoken word and live literature and proven experience in your field.

Musical Director: we are looking for a musician and composer with wide musical tastes and a keenness to collaborate with the Artistic Director and team on a spoken word showcase.  You will be required to create or arrange new music and accompaniment that responds to the project's themes and the writing that emerges from the project.

Duration and fee: estimated as up to five days work paid at nationally recognised rates, according to experience.

Availability: You must be available to contribute to and attend the showcase on Thursday 19 July.  You should be available to start work in June 2007.

Visual Designer: we are looking for an experienced VJ, designer or videomaker who works across media formats and is able to work with the Artistic Director and team to respond to newly-commissioned writing and can prepare and operate visuals at the showcase.

Fee negotiable

Availability: You must be available to contribute to and attend the showcase on Thursday 19 July.  You should be available to start work in June 2007.

To apply for either post please email a CV together with a letter that clearly outlines your interest in one or other post and why you are suitable. Please email your CV and letter to Freedom Showcase at mailto:ukspokenword@yahoo.co.uk on or before 2pm on Monday 28 May.  For enquiries about either post, please address your queries to the Artistic Director at the same email.

Interviews will be held on Friday 1 June, Monday 4 June and Wednesday 6 June.

Project Summary
2007 is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. This is being commemorated in major events, linking with libraries, museums, arts and cultural providers.

In 2007, the three cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester have a vibrant mix of culturally diverse communities and a growing number of writers and spoken word artists, fusing words, music, lyricism, street performance, poetry and theatrical presentation.  Each city hosts regular 'spoken word'
open mic nights in which this work is shared with audiences.

This project will create a regional showcase event featuring new commissioned work on the theme 'Freedom' featuring emerging and professional writers from the three cities. The Showcase Patron is Jean Binta Breeze. It will be produced and publicised in association with the regions Literature Network, the three open mic nights across the cities and the national performance poetry organization Apples and Snakes and Mainstream Partnership, which provides professional development support to culturally diverse artists and organisations.

The Showcase Event
The showcase will be staged in Leicester at Phoenix Arts in July 2007.
Leicester has the best transport links nationally as well as regionally and is the easiest city to attract London promoters and producers into, with a travel time of just 1.5 hours. London and nationally based spoken word artists and producers will be invited to attend the showcase. Leicester has a strong live literature and performance programme developed by the city LDO and a particularly good link with Phoenix Arts (a member of the national live literature consortium, featured at the recent national showcase Lit Up).

The showcase event will have high quality production values and be a 'must see' event for promoters, audiences and writers from the three cities, as well as national figures from within live literature and spoken word.

The Freedom Showcase is a Literature Network Project in partnership with Mainstream Partnership, Apples and Snakes, Blackdrop, The Word, Sugar Shack, Derby City Council, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Council.  The project is supported by Three Cities Create and Connect, Arts Council England, ERDF and emda.



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