As We Speak LIVE: Panel Discussion and Q&A

Wednesday 27th July 5:30pm BST | Poet and Author Anika Christopher from Road Town, Tortola, BVI

You are invited to As We Speak LIVE – 2 panel discussions with an incredible line up of artists from across the Commonwealth.

You are invited to As We Speak LIVE. Join Beatfreeks this July for 2 panel discussions featuring an incredible line up of artists and community organisers from aross the Commonwealth. Tune in for an exclusive artist talk, a Q&A, and to connect with a creative community from across the globe. This event will be co-hosted by the British Council and Beatfreeks, presented by Birmingham 2022.

About this event

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, As We Speak is a funding scheme which has awarded 10 artists across the Commonwealth with a ‘no-strings-attached’ grant. Unlike traditional commissions and funding, we are simply supporting their existing practice and taking off the pressure. So… now is your chance to hear from the funded artists themselves. Join us to meet:

WED 20th JULY 10.30AM:

  • Spoken word collective Projects Prodets from Chennai, India
  • Visual artist Sakshi Kumar from Karachi, Pakistan
  • Poet, storyteller and activist Adjei Sun from Birmingham, UK
  • Dancer and educator The Urbansong from Kigali, Rwanda


  • Poet and author Anika Christopher from Roadtown, BVI
  • Artist, producer and film-maker Mohd Jayzuan from Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Multi-discipliniary artist Javaughn Forde from Trinidad & Tobago
  • Musician Rap Poet from Kampala, Uganda

Both sessions will be hosted by Beatfreeks’ very own Ella Brandt.

Don’t miss out! Here’s how you reserve your spot:

Book your space to receive a reminder and joining instructions, ahead of each panel discussion.

If you would prefer not to sign up here, you can always visit @Beatfreeks on social media on the day, where we will also be sharing the link.

About As We Speak:

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 FestivalAs We Speak tells the story of 10 young artists and community organisers from across the Commonwealth. It is a worldwide funding and storytelling scheme based on the simple premise that people who have built their lives around creativity and community already know best what they need. Unlike traditional commissions and funding streams, we have decided to support artists’ existing practice, and give them a platform to show it to the rest of the world.

Each contributing creative is offered a no-strings-attached grant to simply continue and deepen their existing work, and we showcase their process to the wider public, eventually bringing the threads together in one inspiring story. Call it trust-based support; call it a documentary; call it a global experiment in shared experience and purpose.

Whatever you call it, it’s happening as we speak. Learn more here.

As We Speak is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the British Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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