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We’re always looking for people to perform at The Ideas Kitchen, provide food or just help out on the day. If you are interested or have a suggestion, please drop us an email with your details and someone will get back to you.
I am the CEO and Artistic Director of X7eaven Academy, a pioneering award winning performing arts school based in East London. I trained at Urdang Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts and have been working in the music industry as a performer, choreographer and Writer/Director for over fifteen years working with artists such as Sean Paul, Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, East17, Boyzone, Styles and Mark Morrison, P Diddy, Worlds Apart and LL Cool J. I have a unique and special talent when it comes to helping performers to develop their artistic abilities and inner confidence which is demonstrated through my dynamic style of directing and choreographing. Sam is no stranger to the stage, as a Dancer, Choreographer I’ve been involved with The Ideas kitchen from the beginning and I’m excited to work alongside like-minded creative people, who share the same vision of empowering the talented community of Waltham Forest.
I have over fifteen years experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility with a particular focus on community partnerships, investment and development. I have developed and managed community investment strategies, including the charitable giving budgets, of several large businesses including Guardian News & Media, as well as managing community development grant giving for a local authority (EB4U, Brighton & Hove) and been on the other side of the table applying for and managing funding whilst working in the voluntary sector. I am passionate about community initiatives that enable people to work together creatively and improve society for all. I founded BeBop Baby which is a family focused music events organisation, focused on providing accessible, affordable and inclusive local gigs for families. We are in our 4th year in E17 and have just under 1000 families with young children in our network.
I’m a creative producer, consultant and Founder of Sour Lemons. I have over seven years’ experience of producing, fundraising and marketing at organisations such as The Bush Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, Ogilvy & Mather and the Barbican Centre. I specialise in engaging diverse communities, producing events and developing training programmes and personal development initiatives. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of working for the Barbican, developing projects in the Waltham Forest community such as The Ideas Kitchen and the Community Masterclasses. I have worked on the Walthamstow Garden Party for the last two years and for 2017, I will be working closely with the Barbican and the local community partners to develop the long-term legacy plan for the festival. I am a passionate advocate against youth homelessness, increasing diversity and creative education.
I am educator with a passion for the Arts. After more than 10 years in Secondary English teaching, I left to pursue my interests in Arts education. Currently I am based at Gnome House community asset and I am working in events management alongside more administrative functions. I have been involved with the Barbican’s Ideas Kitchen project since the beginning and we have successfully produced three community dinners.
I am a Waltham Forest resident and entirely committed to improving our quality of life through ‘the arts’. I am the administration officer and lead events volunteer at The Mill Community Centre in Walthamstow. I produced The Community Marquee at The Walthamstow Garden Party in 2016 and am currently working on this year’s festival. I have worked and volunteered with a multitude of local organisations in developing and delivering events in the borough including The William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum and Artillery (Cultivate). I am currently studying for an MA in Museum and Gallery Studies at Kingston University. I love to sing, to read and to socialise.
I am a member of Chingford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADOS) and a long time trustee/representative to Waltham Forest Arts Council, since the 1990’s. I work for the Waltham Forest Council Highways department and have been a treasurer for Carefree Kids, CADOS and Apex Arts for many years.
I am a Walthamstow based poet; as @HerbieHerb I was the official ‘Micropoet’ for the Words over Waltham Forest Literary festival. I’ve performed at the Walthamstow Garden Party in 2016 and recently at an open mic at the Rose and Crown organised by the Forest Poets. My twitter poems are regularly read out on Soho Radio. I also work as a senior policy advisor at the Department for Transport, where I’m the Branch Organiser for PCS, the union. I’ve been a trustee of Apex Arts since 2012 and was formerly a Trustee of The Mill.