Hosted by The Slumflower with Hussain Manawer, Robyn Travis Lucy Moon and Yamin Choudury
In the creative industries, artists have been turning their pain into their process and overcoming some of the common everyday challenges. A conversation exploring and understanding weaknesses with tips on how to turn them into strengths.
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Fresh off two sold out London shows, poet, mental health campaigner & spoken word artist Hussain Manawer, is redefining the sound of a generation. Using poetry as a form of self-expression, the young Londoner is taking on the unstable global climate with a fusion of social commentary and artistic wordplay.
“Performance poetry gives me the opportunity to capture my imagination in words. It allows me to express those feelings and abstract thoughts in a way that provides a release and helps me to make sense of things,” says Hussain.
With the release of his debut EP ‘Am I Going Too Deep?’through Virgin EMI, Manawer has already drawn critical praise:
“He rails against an unstable global climate… using clever wordplay against dramatic instrumentation.” The Independent
“Manawer has created a new genre of socially conscious art and in the process, has begun to blur the lines as to what constitutes music.” Huffington Post
“Am I Going Too Deep’ looks set to be an essential listen for your week” MTV
With regular airtime on stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra, Asian Network and BBC London, Hussain was recognised as a ‘future sound’ by Southbank‘s Alchemy Festival. Manawer has already supported superstar Ellie Goulding at the Royal Albert Hall and was requested to curate a one-off poem by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, entitled ‘London Legacy’ to celebrate the launch of the first night tube. Influential campaigns with Topman, Unilever and Pearson Education have since followed.
Through his work, Ilford based Manawer hopes to alleviate the stigma that exists around the topic of mental health. Most recently, he set a Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson.’ Hussain‘s global reach has seen him take the stage alongside world-renowned leaders such as Kofi Annan, Oscar winning actress Cher and Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Manawer first came to prominence when he beat thousands of entrants from over 90 countries to win a trip to space. He clinched the champion’s title of ‘Rising Star’ in the global competition after a breath-taking spoken-word performance. Manawer started the first bout of training in the summer with more sessions to follow.
As an active campaigner, his philanthropic efforts stretch far and wide; spending 19 days in Botswana re-building a village, heading up a campaign to assist the plight of the homeless in London, climbing various mountains such as Kilimanjaro for numerous causes and galvanising the support of his peers, visiting refugee camps to personally provide aid where it’s needed the most. These are just a few of the missions Hussain has undertaken in the name of humanity.
Robyn is author of Prisoner to the Streets and Mama Can’t Raise No Man which both had a huge impact on publication and garnered much interest across TV, radio and press and reached a wide readership. Mama Can’t Raise No Man was the only book published by a Black British debut male novelist in 2016 and both his books are available as audiobooks via Audible. Robyn has been a guest speaker at a number of high profile Literature Festivals including Cheltenham, WOMAD, Bare Lit and Stoke Newington and is a passionate speaker and advocate for young people. He regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations. Robyn Travis is published by OWN IT!
Lucy Moon is a twenty two year-old vlogger, blogger and podcast co-host with a collective following of over half a million. Her social channels are a diary of her thoughts on personal style, beauty and music. She also speaks about things that affect her as a twenty-something woman, whether that’s feminism, self-confidence, sex & relationships, or work-life balance.
Yamin Choudury is the Executive Producer of Creative Learning at Hackney Empire, with a particular focus on creating platforms for emerging talent and unheard voices. With a background in Inclusive Theatre, his work is primarily based around the concept that everyone has something to share, but not all have the ability to share it. Having worked extensively across the performing arts and music industry, Yamin works to create pathways and access by the mainstream to diverse, fresh and contemporary ideas. An award-winning arts practitioner and workshop director, he has, for over ten years, been supporting the next generation of creative producers and artists to discover and assert their voice.
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Chidera Eggerue, A.K.A The Slumflower
Referred to by Elle magazine as a ‘millennial mastermind’ in their ‘Stars On The Rise: 20 Power Players To Watch Out For In 2018’ list, Chidera Eggerue an award-winning blogger, a presenter for the MOBO Awards and a speaker with a growing audience of almost 100,000 across her social media accounts, is on a mission to encourage young people to take charge of their futures. Her influence spans across various platforms and she is constantly driving conversations to do with body positivity especially through the movement she created called #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER.
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Age Range: 14-25
Venue: Empire 2 at Hackney Empire
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