Fri 3 Mar | 6pm | Tickets £10 | Theatre | Age 14+
PA/NG celebrates the best in local emerging artists spanning music, live art, performance and digital art at mac. Co-curated by The Vibe and featuring cameos from nationally-acclaimed artists, PA/NG will be part-gig, part-meal and part-opportunity to meet other like-minded young people.
Different coloured wristbands will be given out based on your age so do remember to bring your ID.
Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her poetry collection How You Might Know Me is out now with Outspoken Press and she has had seven of her plays published by Methuen Bloomsbury. She has work included in The Good Immigrant (Unbound), Here I Stand (Walker Books) and Craft of Use (Routledge). She is the editor of the forthcoming Saqi Books anthology Hear Us Now: Writings by British Muslim Women.
She is currently working with the V&A Museum, Royal Opera House, Futures Theatre and Clean Break. Her 2016 plays are With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough); Slug (nabokov); Battleface (Bush Theatre); Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and The Love I Feel Is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Her play Chef won a 2014 Fringe First Award and Clean was produced by Traverse Theatre and transferred to New York in 2014. Sabrina has been the Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, Leverhulme Playwright in Residence and Associate Artist at Bush Theatre.
Sabrina's poetry and writing has been performed and produced for TV, radio and film and includes Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse (BBC2); We Belong Here (BBC iPlayer); Breaking the Code (BBC3) and Sabrina Mahfouz: Arts Academy Scholar (Sky Arts).
PA/NG will be compered by local favourite and regular at The Nightingale Club, Yshee Black (pronouced 'why is she'). With witty humour and a loud personality, Yshee performs a fun and fiesty set with songs celebrating strong, independent women and touching on the current media.
Ginny Lemon is the long lost sister of Lewis Spelt Backwards, upon hearing about his mysterious disappearance. Ginny Lemon quit her job cleaning toilets in Droitwich to perform a Lewis Spelt Backwards tribute act in her own unique style.
Layered disjointed pop vocals and beats with an eclectic mix of music, fashion, comedy and glamour, Ginny Lemon is one beautifully hideous creation that will install fear in your hearts and womping in your knickers! Fancy a slice?
Find out more about Ginny Lemon on Facebook.
Nomadis, two nomads meet with instant recognition. Falling into the force of a vortex that brings them here, shaping the ‘now’. Merging the bodies in curves and falling into the pulse of the encounter. An animalistic crossing where instinct is the only thing left.
Humanhood works collaborativelly with local and international mixed field artists from the firsts stages of the creative process. They create immersive dance productions fusing light, costume, sound & movement, each at its highest quality. The company has also explored multi sensorial approaches using scents and 360º surround sound installations during dance performances in theatre settings.
They collaborate with physicists to open a dialogue between scientists and artists as well as to integrate the researches and theories of science in their everyday practice. These conversations and exchanges inform the creative process of Humanhood’s productions. Rudi and Julia are associate artists at mac birmingham and Déda, Derby.
Their works include Certamen Coreografico de Madrid 2014 finalist, official selection at Masdanza and Burgos-NY short duet The Masks Behind Doors, outdoor piece Nomadis, comissioned Cobosmika postgraduate piece Loose Strings. Their first full length production Zero premiered in October 2016 at mac birmingham has won 1st Prize at Certamen Coreografico de Madrid 2016.
Chloe Clarke is a spoken word poet, in 2014-2015 she was Worcestershire Young poet laureate, she was commissioned and performed for Worcester county council, the teen choice book awards and Worcester Bosch. During 2015 she co-founded ProjectSPEAK, a freelance poetry organisation in which she has taught spoken word poetry in schools for the ages of 4 to 15 and worked alongside the National Trust to provide workshops in the summer. Most recently she was commended in Foyles young poet’s competitions.
Through poetry Chloe explores political and social issues such as mental health, body image and race relations, along with the serious inconveniences that falling in love can bring.
Find out more about Chloe on her website.
A digital artist based in Birmingham, James' audiovisual interaction design examines approaches to combining audio, visual and environmental elements in ways that produce emergent forms. The individual components of his work play with the boundary between autonomy and synchrony, revealing hidden their hidden connections and creating a sense of place.
His works have been exhibited internationally at festivals including: SPECTRA (MY), SonADA (UK), Electric Nights (GR), Slingshot (US). Recent works include formuls an algorithmically controlled audiovisual performance; #medianatures an interactive work examining our increasing reliance upon technology and its future impact; esthesis an AHRC commissioned audiovisual performance exploring hand-gesture controlled sound sculpting. James is currently the co-ordinator of Integra Lab at Birmingham Conservatoire, a research lab focused on music interaction design.
Rachel Nwokoro is a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, 2016 UK SLAM Champion and World Slam Semi-Finalist.
A Spoken Word Artist, Actor, Director, Writer and Mental Health Vlogger born and bred in London. She is a young black woman of Nigerian heritage who through an unfortunate mix of battles, trauma and discrimination has discovered an appreciation of seemingly small things and enjoys finding beauty in dark spaces. She mostly writes in a bid to understand things that she doesn’t, encourage awareness and conversation around important issues and most importantly… because she loves it.
She has been performing spoken word poetry professionally for two years now at different venues in the UK and Paris and this year represented the UK in the World SLAM Championships in Paris. She began circling the Open Mic circuit in a bid to curtail her crippling anxiety and was baffled and warmed by the positive responses she received for her performances. After winning several well-contested slam championships and securing professional feature slots, Rachel has steadily grown in confidence and is grateful towards people who listen to all the rambling words that she scribbles.
She likes cuddles and pancakes so if you have either of the two at mac then they will be happily received.
A short extract from an ongoing project supported by Fierce FWD, We are going to the White man’s land is about journey, loss, immigration and race.
Vivian Chinasa Ezugha is a Nigerian interdisciplinary artist working and living in Norwich, UK. Graduated from Aberystwyth University, School of Art, 2014. She is the founder of ‘Live Art in Wymondham’, a one day site specific event aiming to bring emerging artists working in live art to rural Norfolk. Vivian is currently a Fierce FWD artist and her work has been presented at festivals across Europe, America and the UK.
Zara Sykes is a Rap artist, Songwriter, entertainer and host who was born and raised in Birmingham. She began writing songs/poems at the age of 9 years old and clearly has no intention of slowing down. Once in her teens, Zara Sykes truly began to take her art-form seriously this female has no intention of being pigeon-holed.
“I just wanted to write poems, songs and rhymes, as I got older, I began to understand that this was my way of getting my thoughts and feelings out. I heard rap songs and knew that was what I wanted to do”.
As an Independent artist Zara Sykes’s musical achievements are somewhat to be desired opening concerts for major artists Mary J Blige, Angie Stone, Jon B, Melba Moore, Mario Winas, Buju Banton and Performing at Olympics 2012 Zara sure does know how to please an audience.
In November 2016 Zara Sykes teamed up with Regents Street Records releasing 5 hit singles: Feel good, Collide, Shadow, Losing Time and Winner these have been taking from the album ‘Contagious’ which will be available in 2017. Contagious features the Grammy nominated Producer Paul Horton, Reggae legends eye to Eye the critically acclaimed duo Soundmasters, Andy Wann, Jermaine Redstaar and Raju Mali, with the voices of Yelitza, Tiffany, Vanessa Pearson, Tarnia Sturridge, Cassie Reid and KID bringing a variety of flavours to appease her audiences.
In 2014 Zara Sykes received her first official award ‘Inspiring Entertainment & Achievement Award’ this was awarded by ‘Be inspired’ Youth Award in Association with Somewhereto and AJN’s Annual Gala In 2015 and 2016 Zara performed at the Movie Video Screen Awards MVSA Awards at the ICC in celebrating British Black Actors. This is the biggest movie awards show in the uk and in 2016 MVSA celebrated its 10th year.
Zara Sykes more recently hosted at VIP Rooms in Rotterdam, Holland with celebrity DJ Dave Roelvink alongside Miss Holland 2007 and CEO of Music Model Agency DJ Melissa Sneekes as well as hosting at Lust Meets Envy.
Zara Sykes has had featured articles in DIVA Magazine, The Birmingham Mail and The Voice and this has certainly raised the profile of this artist.
Jack Parker (know to some bands as Jacky P) has been a champion of new music in the West Midlands & beyond since 2011. Cutting his teeth on student radio; Jack has gone on to present weekly shows on new music station Amazing Radio and on BBC West Midlands as part of the BBC WM Introducing radio show.
When not on the radio you will most likely find Jack either at a gig, DJing or running his monthly rap club-night SKIT that puts fresh talent from the realms of rap onto the stage. Jack's baby brain child SKIT has been bridging the gap between Birmingham, London and various other cities and corners of the UK; bringing together rappers for truly chaotic nights.
Working under its own dedicated producer, mac's Next Gen programme provides opportunities for young people and emerging artists aged 14 - 30.
mac birmingham offers an entry point and catalyst for young people and emerging artists to discover or re-discover their creative capabilities in a supported environment, and to develop skills through exposure and training in a variety of areas. Working both within mac's building and out across the region, we're proud of the impact our work is making on the artists of tomorrow.
The Vibe Brum! Is a new youth led talk should about the 18-30’s who are creating work in the city. The Vibe is about celebrating and highlighting the rich cultural scene in Birmingham, and a new creative way to spread the word about the current explosion of creativity in the city. The Vibe will have guests from established organisations in Birmingham and it gives a chance for young people in the city to learn more about the personalities and people behind the scenes of those arts organisations. Along side this the vibe will be having local talent as guests and interviewing them in order to share information and connect the city.
The Vibe is very passionate about highlighting issues around the arts scene, LGBTQ, race and social issues and this is reflected in the background of our hosts – several of which run events centred around self expression, identity and equality, and want to bring issues like these to the observation of our viewership. Giving a fresh and honest perspective on what 18 to 30 year olds really think about what’s happening in the world around them today.
Image credit: Tom Chimiak