Afrikan Street Performers Project is a performance activist group ‘Causing Scenes’ to wake us to what is really going on and not following the current distractions that are happening.
Afrikan Street Performers Project (ASPP) group carries out sketches, scenes, skits and other social commentary performances to raise awareness about the mistreatment of our afrikan brothers and sisters. The stated goal of these performances is to make our afrikan community ‘think and ask questions’ to the injustices that surround us as a community.
If you’re interested in joining the project please take a moment to read over this document and find out if the (ASPP) is right for you.
What is the Afrikan Street Performers Project?
The (ASPP) is a participatory project where we investigate the injustice of our afrikan community in order to enable ourselves to become Radical and ACTive in our liberational affairs. We also creatively explore local community issues with a view to finding solutions to these problems through interactive multimedia dimensional ‘open’ performances.
What happens in (ASPP) Performance/workshop?
In a typical session we will do activities that work towards: developing our skills in order that we can perform better together, investigate a particular issue, theme or problem and devise performances that aim to raise questions around these issues.
We want to creatively explore ways of making presentations of activisms: developing effective, mediagenic activist projects around the issues at hand. We will democratically decide which projects are chosen to work on, flesh out chosen projects and develop action plans with timelines, deadlines and chains of responsibilities.
How might an (ASPP) ‘performance’ look like?
Using the concept like flash mob, our tribe members will decide on all the performance issues (the story, incident, situation or local injustice happening) and react to it by visiting that place or situation as a tribe and create a participatory improvised performance around it.
The performances must aim to be constructive around issues of mistreatment and injustice. We aim to problem solve issues around the 9 areas of our tribal activities: Economics, Education, Entertainment, Labor, Law, Politics, Religion, Sex, War/Counter-War
Similarly, we may arrive in a space or at a given location. The tribe may begin by interacting with the villager’s to gather their thoughts feeling and concerns. Depending on the villager’s already gathered, we might use a range of a multidimensional action and experience techniques, presented through sound, movement and body energy as well as through speaking. Or we might present the piece through improvisational structures, simple sketches or skits based on the current issue or problem that we have been working on or invited to explore.
Does ASPP suit you?
• You're an individual ready to creatively collaborate with others afrikans in developing this project.
• You're interested using or developing your creative and artistic skills to perform with others in public.
• You're ready to commit time and energy to collectively making this project happen.
• You've got energy and imagination, and can get things done— work with people from all walks of life, muck-in and help support what is going on as well as strategically flagging up other issues related to the project.
• You’re ready to support a project like this by being a tribe member of a steering group.
• You're interested in supporting the project virally i.e. computer and web-savvy people, design-savvy people, etc.
• You can commit to twice monthly performances/workshops
• You can make small collective financial contributions to help cover any hired space and/or refreshments costs.
If all that is a “yes”... then ASPP may be for you!
Please register your interest via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-afrikan-street-performers-project-tickets-27757733127?utm_term=eventurl_text