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Griot Elders Project

In partnership with the Black Arts Forum, this project aims to engage and learn from elders across Aston, Newtown and the surrounding areas by bringing to life stories of their past and present through the art they create.

Working with the people who have come to call the area their home, The Griot Elders Project uses storytelling, dance, music, and visual arts to tell the story of life in Aston and Newtown to improve wellbeing, bring people together and combat isolation in elders.

The artistic outcomes of the project will be shared at the beginning of 2018 in the community and at mac. See planned events below.

Why ‘The Griot’?

In West African tradition, a griot is a person in the community who draws out the stories in others to share them more widely with the community at large. They do so through storytelling, poetry, music and singing.

This project aims to do just that by running a diverse programme of activity for elders across the region, encouraging them to share their stories through the mediums of dance, music, art and storytelling between September 2017 to February 2018.

Get involved

Organisations: At present, the team behind the project is establishing places and times from which to run the project across the region. If you are an organisation keen to provide space for elders to meet and engage in the programme of activity being curated, then please get in contact using the email address or phone number at the bottom of the page.

Individuals: If you are an individual eager to find out more about upcoming opportunities, classes, gatherings and workshops across the region please join our database of elders by using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Volunteers: If you are keen to volunteer your time to ensure this project is a success please contact To England below.

The Griot Project is being led by Tom England, You can contact him directly at: tom.england@macbirmingham.co.uk.

Images: Herbert Walters


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