Live and Talented with: Lyrix Organix and Urban Dialogues [EVENT REVIEW] By @BakitaMasala | @UDialogues & @LyrixOrganix

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Live and Talented with: Lyrix Organix and Urban Dialogues\r\n\r\n(Exhibition: 2nd-14th October)\r\n\r\nBy Bakita Masala (@Bakita Masala)\r\n\r\nThe beginning of October saw the teaming up of Urban Dialogues and Lyrix Organix, organisations that both aim to develop and publicise artists from different disciplines (including music, poetry and fine art). Urban Dialogues’ annual exhibition explores and challenges the themes of identity, faith and belief. This two week exhibition, in Shoreditich’s Red Gallery, draws out the differing perspectives, emotions and experiences- building an ‘…understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs.’\r\n\r\nLyrix Organix provides platforms for poetry and an array of music genres (including freestyle Hip Hop, Folk and and beatboxing) in lively, experimental and forward thinking ways… and the Urban Dialogues/Lyrix Organix collaboration night was no different.\r\n\r\n108\r\n\r\nThe acts performed alongside the Urban Dialogues art exhibition, an exhibition that ‘aims to challenge our understanding of who we are and what we believe’ through the works from artists a wide range of artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds.\r\n\r\nPerformances on the night included Inua Ellams and Khiyo. The poet, playwright and performer, Inua Ellams (@InuaEllams), performed some works from his collection of poems, Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, whilst the stripped back, organic acoustics sounds of the London based band, Khiyo (@KhiyoBand) gave Bengali music a modern sound- whilst sharing the message of finding God, spirituality and faith in all things.\r\n\r\n101                100\r\n\r\nThe audience enjoyed pop-up poetry from Paloma Heindorff (@PalomaHeindorff), who performed one of my favourite pieces and performances of the evening, inspired by a group installation piece- The Fury Project. When a poet is introduced with the words “female fury”, they get my attention! The Fury Project by poet Zena Edwards and collaborators, is a piece that prompts discussions about anger, its perceptions and experiences. Paloma’s own response to the artwork questioned reasoning behind anger management. Although her poem was an unfinished first draft, it was already packed with thought-provoking and emotive points- looking forward to hearing the finished article.\r\n\r\nA Lyrix Organix organiser, Natty Speaks (@NattySpeaks) performed an incredible Hip-Hop freestyle, based on The Wall Has Two sides by David Borrington and Aithan Shapira. A piece that incorporated London landscapes and iconic Londoners (both the positive and negative). Natty Speaks created an evocative fast-paced narrative that intertwined the scummy with the glorified, providing a holistic view of London focusing on the big brother mentality, victimisation and achievements taking place in the City. The performance would have been incredible even if it had been written, edited and rehearsed- the fact that it was a freestyle performance made it spectacular. As I’ve only seen Natty Speaks supporting other young talents to find and nurture their voices, it was amazing to see the educator and facilitator, in workshops, take centre of the stage on the night.\r\n\r\nThe night also included performances from Eastern European gypsy beats from Brasov String Band; and pop-up poetry from Osama MC, Abbas Maysam and Tat Yin. The live performances part of the night was closed by the incredible Kadialy Kouyate (@KKsoundarchive), a singer who drew on influences from his homeland Senegal, with his band. His uplifting beats brought many of the audience to their feet, for a dance, during the final section of the evening.\r\n

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\r\nThe relaxed atmosphere of the evening enabled guests to comfortably and freely wander around the gallery and its different floors, taking in the art pieces and live performances, whilst sampling tastes from the food street vendors.\r\n\r\nUrban Dialogues and Lyrix Organix continue to prove that unique, cultural and entertaining nights can be enjoyed on a minimal budget, packed with entertainment whilst discovering new talent.\r\n\r\nOn-going/up-coming shows: \r\n\r\nThe Urban Dialogues Exhibition is open between 2nd and 14th October, in Shoreditch’s Red Gallery and the next Lyrix Organix event will be Lyrix on Funhouse TV on 24th October (streamed online).\r\n\r\n@UDialogues: 3ff.org.uk | @LyrixOrganix: lyrixorganix.co.uk\r\n\r\n 

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Live and Talented with: Lyrix Organix and Urban Dialogues\r\n\r\n(Exhibition: 2nd-14th October)\r\n\r\nBy Bakita Masala (@Bakita Masala)\r\n\r\nThe beginning of October saw the teaming up of Urban Dialogues and Lyrix Organix, organisations that both aim to develop and publicise artists from different disciplines (including music, poetry and fine art). Urban Dialogues’ annual exhibition explores and challenges the themes of identity, faith and belief. This two week exhibition, in Shoreditich’s Red Gallery, draws out the differing perspectives, emotions and experiences- building an ‘…understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs.’\r\n\r\nLyrix Organix provides platforms for poetry and an array of music genres (including freestyle Hip Hop, Folk and and beatboxing) in lively, experimental and forward thinking ways… and the Urban Dialogues/Lyrix Organix collaboration night was no different.\r\n\r\n108\r\n\r\nThe acts performed alongside the Urban Dialogues art exhibition, an exhibition that ‘aims to challenge our understanding of who we are and what we believe’ through the works from artists a wide range of artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds.\r\n\r\nPerformances on the night included Inua Ellams and Khiyo. The poet, playwright and performer, Inua Ellams (@InuaEllams), performed some works from his collection of poems, Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, whilst the stripped back, organic acoustics sounds of the London based band, Khiyo (@KhiyoBand) gave Bengali music a modern sound- whilst sharing the message of finding God, spirituality and faith in all things.\r\n\r\n101                100\r\n\r\nThe audience enjoyed pop-up poetry from Paloma Heindorff (@PalomaHeindorff), who performed one of my favourite pieces and performances of the evening, inspired by a group installation piece- The Fury Project. When a poet is introduced with the words “female fury”, they get my attention! The Fury Project by poet Zena Edwards and collaborators, is a piece that prompts discussions about anger, its perceptions and experiences. Paloma’s own response to the artwork questioned reasoning behind anger management. Although her poem was an unfinished first draft, it was already packed with thought-provoking and emotive points- looking forward to hearing the finished article.\r\n\r\nA Lyrix Organix organiser, Natty Speaks (@NattySpeaks) performed an incredible Hip-Hop freestyle, based on The Wall Has Two sides by David Borrington and Aithan Shapira. A piece that incorporated London landscapes and iconic Londoners (both the positive and negative). Natty Speaks created an evocative fast-paced narrative that intertwined the scummy with the glorified, providing a holistic view of London focusing on the big brother mentality, victimisation and achievements taking place in the City. The performance would have been incredible even if it had been written, edited and rehearsed- the fact that it was a freestyle performance made it spectacular. As I’ve only seen Natty Speaks supporting other young talents to find and nurture their voices, it was amazing to see the educator and facilitator, in workshops, take centre of the stage on the night.\r\n\r\nThe night also included performances from Eastern European gypsy beats from Brasov String Band; and pop-up poetry from Osama MC, Abbas Maysam and Tat Yin. The live performances part of the night was closed by the incredible Kadialy Kouyate (@KKsoundarchive), a singer who drew on influences from his homeland Senegal, with his band. His uplifting beats brought many of the audience to their feet, for a dance, during the final section of the evening.\r\n

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\r\nThe relaxed atmosphere of the evening enabled guests to comfortably and freely wander around the gallery and its different floors, taking in the art pieces and live performances, whilst sampling tastes from the food street vendors.\r\n\r\nUrban Dialogues and Lyrix Organix continue to prove that unique, cultural and entertaining nights can be enjoyed on a minimal budget, packed with entertainment whilst discovering new talent.\r\n\r\nOn-going/up-coming shows: \r\n\r\nThe Urban Dialogues Exhibition is open between 2nd and 14th October, in Shoreditch’s Red Gallery and the next Lyrix Organix event will be Lyrix on Funhouse TV on 24th October (streamed online).\r\n\r\n@UDialogues: 3ff.org.uk | @LyrixOrganix: lyrixorganix.co.uk\r\n\r\n 

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