Open Fund: In Place Of War
GRRRL at Thames Festival Featuring Charlotte Adigéry
GRRRL is a bespoke electronic collaboration featuring revolutionary independent female artists from across the world, brought together by global charity In Place Of War. Together, these six influential artists from Brazil, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Bangladesh and the UK have worked with Laima Leyton (Mixhell/Soulwax) to create a studio and touring project that fuses together sounds of dark techno, ghetto bass, hip hop, dancehall, reggae, soul and electronica, and tells their collective stories, demonstrating how artistic creativity can conquer conflict.
Their PRS funded project supports GRRRL at Thames Festival – a brand new festival in Reading which celebrates the power of women on the centenary of women’s suffrage. Their project supports new musical collaborations between the core GRRRL artists who are from areas of conflict and marginalized communities and local female vocalists from BAME communities who will be directed by guest musical director Charlotte Adigéry (WWWater) and GRRRL’s musical director Laima Leyton. This project is a celebration of women’s achievements and the never heard before stories by women artists from marginalized communities – whilst at the same time remembering the voiceless and the women located in the most challenging environments who struggle and fight against inequality and injustice. The new work will be recorded ensuring a legacy to the project.
In Place Of War is a non-profit organization which supports artists and creative communities living in sites of war, revolution and conflict to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and bring the value of the arts to public debate.