Our Journeys is our new live cinema performance and is part of the Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture programme. It’s a collaborative and participative audiovisual project produced in association with Brent charity the Asian People’s Disability Alliance and involving Brent residents and blind musicians.
We’re all on our own journeys, both metaphorically and – for many involved in the project – quite literally. The performance is based on video interviews with residents telling their stories of how they came to live in Brent, overcoming challenges and difficulties in life, from carers to those who’ve stood against social conventions, dealt with disabilities themselves or even fled their home countries and war – from Iraq to former Yugoslavia.
Our Journeys will feature the voices of those who aren’t often heard, all to a live soundtrack performed by Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels, award winning Sri Lankan percussionist Ghow Ratnarajah, British Paraorchestra pianist Kevin Satizabal and flautist Peter Bosher – the former chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind (the organisation representing blind technology professionals).
For info, in September 2019 the Asian People’s Disability Alliance were featured in an article in The Guardian about the sidelining of disabled asian women, which can be read here. 2019 also marked the charity’s 30th anniversary, marked by a gala event at Brent Civic Centre where we performed alongside musician friends mentioned above. Our Journeys is one of the projects supported by the Brent 2020 Culture Fund, a programme exploring the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together. For more information visit www.brent2020.co.uk