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"Playgrounds & Pastimes" 2016


Click the play button to view a short video of our "Playgrounds & Pastimes" (Breckland Intergen Dance Project).

10 weeks working with students with Litcham Primary and Swaffham Over 60's dance group to create a piece by sharing stories, laughing, dancing and getting to know each other!

Art Exhibition 2016
Sponsored Dance/ Fundraising 2015

A really busy year so far for Xen Arts with Sponsored Dance events in Norfolk and the Youth Festival in Zimbabwe we’ve had some exciting projects on the go! Here’s a brief over view of 2015 so far...

In March this year prior to the visit to Zimbabwe, young people across Norfolk had been creating their own moves to take part in a Sponsored Dance to raise money for our Youth Festival in Zimbabwe. Around 70 children and young people in Norwich and Litcham spent hours practising their moves and were kindly sponsored by friends and family raising an amazing £350. We were so proud to see the young people put in so much effort to create positive opportunities for their peers in Zimbabwe.

As well as this we were also busy with our online Indiegogo fundraiser campaign which gave us a month to raise £650 – which we did!! We raised £670 by the generous support from the general public. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who contributed – we couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you to funders; Roisin Rae, Teague Warren, Amanda Eleftheriades, Sophie Arstall, Sarah Lewis, Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, Costas, David Martin, Lucy Crook and Jane Crook and all the other anonymous funders who donated online.

Tavaziva Black History Month Residency 2013

October 2013 saw Xen Arts co-ordinate a residency bringing London based African Contemporary dance company Tavaziva to deliver an exciting week of dance for young people in rural Norfolk to celebrate Black History Month.

We had a great week in the dance studio with young people aged 9-16yrs taking part in the energetic workshops led by Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva and dancer Petros Treklis. The workshops brought to life a different culture and offered an experience which challenged stereotypes and broke down barriers. Over the week about 270 young people benefitted from the classes.

As well as daily classes, the evenings brought together committed young dancers who worked with the professionals on creating choreography which we shared with friends and family at the end of the week.

Supported by Litcham School with the use of their purpose-built dance studio and funded by Breckland Council, Norfolk Community Foundation and Norfolk County Council BHM Grant the week was an exciting and unique opportunity for all those involved.

Zimbabwean Art Exhibition 2012

In 2012 Xen Arts organised an Art Exhibition of Zimbabwean art in none other than the sea-side village of Brancaster, Norfolk. The two-day event was a chance to exhibit work by Valentine, Marcus and other artists met on travels to Zimababwe. Held in the village hall, we had tea and cake at the ready to tempt in passer-by’s who were surprised to find bright, vibrant African art instead of the familiar watercolour landscapes.

Valentine is a self-taught painter who has been living and working in Mbare, one of Harare’s busiest, noisiest suburbs for most of his life. Now 35, he remembers a time when there were more opportunities for artists to make a living. Zimbabwe’s diminishing tourist trade has had a serious effect on artists who rely on the trade to make a living. People living in the suburbs are struggling to survive on a daily basis. Among the mayhem is a particular dusty backyard which provides an escape from the loud, chaotic reality of everyday struggles. Here Valentine passes on his skills and passion for painting to young guys in the neighbourhood. It inspires hope, lifts spirits and gives the young people a reason to get up and be motivated each day.

As well as the Brancaster exhibition we were also very kindly given exhibition space in The Last Picture House Gallery in Holt. A big thanks to Carol Ann Pennington, artist and owner of the gallery for all her support.

All money raised from paintings sales went directly to the artists and donations were used to fund Xen Arts projects.

Mossbourne Academy Dance Group (M.A.D.)
Tongue Tied?
2008 - 2011

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in the meantime, here's a video of M.A.D. filmed in 2009...


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the Tongue Tied? events we ran at the
Cochrane Theatre...