Rich Mix Live

Rich Mix Live

in association with BBC LONDON
Saturday 24 July
Rich Mix
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA

East London’s dynamic cross-cultural arts centre, Rich Mix and BBC London 94.9 will join together to mark two years to go until the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games by hosting a free festival on Saturday 24th July called Rich Mix Live. Forming part of the Olympics’ Open Weekend taking place across the country, Rich Mix Live will act as a mini Cultural Olympiad, a festival promoting the diverse cultures of the area in preparation for the Games in 2012. The day will be inclusive and family-focused, with an emphasis on celebrating London life and encouraging young people to learn new skills.


12pm – 6pm
A bustling marketplace of stalls held by local community, sports and arts organisations and by tenants of the Rich Mix building.


12pm – 6pm
Learn how to play this popular Bangladeshi table top game with a team of handy helpers.


London Youth Games Demos
1.45pm – 2.45pm
Europe’s largest annual youth sports event exhibits its talents, expect weight-lifting and indoor rowing.


Apples and Snakes
12.15pm – 1pm
Apples & Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry, brings you fun rhymes for all the family.


Monolgueslam Taster
1pm – 1.45pm
A taster session of monologues and improvisation from Rich Mix stalwarts.


Olympic Q&A
3pm – 4pm
A Q&A with representatives from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (guests TBC).


Q&A with The Inbetweeners
5pm – 6pm
A Q&A with the cast a creators of the hit BBC sitcom The Inbetweeners.


The World in One City
The unveiling of a unique image linking together Londoners from every one of the Olympic list of nations. By Philippe Sibelly.


Brilliant Bodies
12pm – 3pm
A family art workshop led by Chila Burman.


Percussion workshop
3.30pm – 4.10pm and 4.30pm – 5.10pm
Family workshops with percussion legend Chris Brannick, presented by CoMA.


Headliners Journalism Workshop
3pm – 5.30pm
Media training for young people.


New voices from Wired4Music
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Wired4Music, the youth music Council for young Londoners, presents some of its most promising new voices.


DJ Ritu presents Carnaval del Pueblo
8pm – 10pm

The BBC’s world music DJ presents some of London’s finest Latin American musicians from the largest Latin American out-door festival in Europe.


Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution + KMT
10pm – 12pm
Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution bring good vibes and infectious beats to round off the festivities at Rich Mix Live. Followed by a DJ set from KMT.

More information:

The event will turn the Rich Mix bar into a marketplace for a day – filled with stalls held by community, sports and arts organisations that energize and inspire young people in the capital. See appendix A for a list of the organisations represented.

Our partnership with BBC London will see them broadcasting the Sports Show, presented by Phil Parry, live from Rich Mix from 2pm to 7pm, with loads of exciting guests talking about their hopes for 2012. The BBC will be bringing with them Paul Ross, who is not only a born and bred East Londoner, but is truly passionate about the impact The Olympics will have on the area. He will be joined by TV reporter, Matt Morris, who will be on hand to give tips on filming and the Olympics Correspondent, Adrian Warner, will run a session where the public try to catch him out with questions he can’t answer about the Olympics. There are also plans for the BBC to do a live TV broadcast from the event.

BBC London’s unstoppable DJ Eddie Nestor will be on stage throughout the afternoon compering an action-packed entertainment programme. These will include: live feats of sporting brilliance by athletes from London Youth Games, the astonishing performance poetry of Apples and Snakes’ poets, a furious showcase of monologues and improvisation brought to you by Monologueslam and some of the city’s finest young musical talents, brought together through Sound Connections’ Wired4Music programme. Rich Mix Live will also give you the chance to ask your heroes from the sports field and the people in charge of making the Olympics happen what you’ve always wanted to know, with a panel Q&A with representatives from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (guests TBC). All this broadcast live from the building on BBC London 94.9. Rounding off our entertainment programme for the day will be a Q&A with some true comedy geniuses: the writers and actors from the award-winning comedy The Inbetweeners.

The Olympic Open Weekend is also intended to create a challenge for its audiences, and especially for young people. To ensure Rich Mix Live achieves this, Rich Mix Live will host a range of workshops where young people can pick up new skills and challenge themselves. These workshops will again reflect the cultural diversity of the East London area, with an attention-grabbing art workshop delivered by mutli-media artist and local favourite Chila Burman. Children can get an ear for a drum beat and make some music in one of Chris Brannick’s legendary percussion workshops, brought to you by CoMA. Young people (12-19 years) can sharpen their pencils and get their voices heard with journalism training by industry experts Headliners.

There will be the opportunity to learn how to play Bangladeshi table-top game Carrom with a team of helpful instructors, open to all ages. You can even take in some art, with photographer Philippe Sibelly’s ‘The World in One City’, a unique image linking together Londoners from every one of the Olympic list of nations, unveiled and exhibited on the day.

Bringing the celebrations into the evening, from 7.00 to 12.00pm musicians and DJs will perform live on the Rich Mix stage. DJ Ritu will be broadcasting her BBC London world music programme ‘A World In London’ from the BBC studio in the building. She will be bringing with her musicians from London’s Carnaval del Pueblo, the largest Latin American out-door festival in Europe, held annually in Brockwell park. Finishing off the evening will be new supergroup Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution, playing a seamless and healing mixture of continental-wide Afrikan musical styles, and their very own DJ KMT, cooking up a heady mix of urban music styles.

With a focus on the diversity of East London’s culture and community and a commitment to inspiring young people, Rich Mix Live will demonstrate how well the venue, its tenants and its partners, and its connections in the area, support the ethos of the Cultural Olympiad and the Games themselves.

Appendix A:

Organisations represented in the Rich Mix Live marketplace will include:

BBC London: The broadcasters for the 2012 Olympics flaunt their knowledge and
Invite you to join the fun.
Blue Sky Media: Production company based in East London.
CoMA: Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs, promoting participation in contemporary music.
Hackney Museum: The museum introduces its ‘Mapping the Change’ exhibition.
Headliners: Journalism training for young people.
Lake of Stars: The music festival in Malawi, powered by volunteers.
Leyton Orient: East London’s greatest football team strengthening communities through sport.
London Borough Tower Hamlets: The local council talk about their plans for 2012.
London Youth Games: The UK’s largest annual multi-sport event.
Osmani Trust: Youth and community organisation based in Tower Hamlets and Newham.
Oxford House: A place where voluntary sector, arts organisations & social businesses come together.
Pants to Poverty: Ridding the world of bad pants and raising underwearness!
Shoreditch Citizens: The Shoreditch wing of Citizens UK, community organisers.
Showcase London: The platform for emerging artists in the visual and dramatic arts.
Sound Connections: Working to increase access to quality music opportunities for young Londoners.
Think Act Vote: The campaign to inspire us to think positively about our future and the votes we cast, today, tomorrow and forever.
Tower Hamlets College: Courses to help you reach your dream destination.
Volunteering England: Give, Receive, Achieve. Volunteering programmes.
Youth Net: The charity behind Do-it, providing volunteering opportunities online.

Region: All
Start Date: 24/07/2010
End Date: 24/07/2010
Start Time: 12:00
Venue: Rich Mix
Venue Address: 35-47 Bethnal Green, London
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Harriet Bird
Phone: 020 7613 7490