The New Normal: Post BREXIT Working in the EU

In the UK, the term “The New Normal” is usually connected with living in Coronavirus times, however there is another invisible life changer coming towards us in the creative industry. Yep it’s the B word. BREXIT!

If like me you work, tour or do projects with our friends in the Europe Union there is a whole list of new things to consider.

Thankfully Howard Goodall has created this BREXIT busting twitter thread to break it down for us! Yay!!!

Take a look and let us know what you think. Giving what looks like minimum support from the UK government for the art here at home, what additional impact do you think this will have on us in the arts?

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Film Night At Theatre Peckham

We’re proud to announce that we are working with CFFF to turn Theatre Peckham into a pop-up Cinema! With live performance events and venues, still in lockdown, since the Corona Virus hit the industry and of course, the world, we wanted to do something. We’re creatives, so we try to create solutions.

For our first outing together as The Reel TP, will be our screening of hip hop doc, Fresh Dressed (2015). It features big names such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, ASAP Rocky, and Sean “Puffy” Combs, talking about their reach for freedom of expression and a better life by a culture that refused to be squashed, would, through sheer originality and swagger, take over the mainstream.

We’ll also be introducing local talent who are trying to make their mark in the industry.

We think it’s important to support our local event spaces and communities to ride this storm and hope that you can join us to find a way back to normal.

Watch the trailer here below.

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Stand Up / Take Down

As with any photo or any piece artwork, be it public or private, there is a story.

Even for your next social media posts, there is a story behind it.

Be it where you re-shared it from, to how long it took to take the shot, whether it is interpreted as it was intended by its viewer or if the image even tells the “true story”.

Now on first glance, you may think this photo is to do with the current “statue debate” and only exists because of said debate, however, and somewhat ironically I guess, this shot was actually taken in London during one of many Black Lives Matter marches whilst at the same time in Bristol the already controversial statue of “slave-tradesman” Edward Colston was being toppled.

 

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I’m posting this as an output of my genuine thought process and is not representative of Jiggy Creationz as a business, but my own personal thoughts in trying to navigate the waves of emotion posed by the current incarnation of the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m fully aware that everyone has their own views but I will try to articulate mine here as a Black Man born and living in the UK.

With that said. As an artist, photographer, and creative I know my take on the world is very different to many. I’ve passed many a statue on my travels, but admittedly, if I even register them in my eyesight, I rarely enquire about the story behind the statue. Why was it made, why is the person significant, who made it, when and how? I usually look at the craftsmanship and think about the skill or creative process it took to make it, simply appreciating it’s sculptural qualities.

It’s for this reason that I really like the ‘Roller Skating Girl‘ as seen in my Instagram post.  The style, form, and structure of the character seems so strong and free, and being on roller skates meant that is a particular piece by Andre Wallace really connected with me, as I am a roller skater who believes in inner strength and freedom within movement. Who is she?

Now, maybe it’s because I live in the present more than in the past. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say the past doesn’t mean anything. In fact, history fascinates me and I believe in cause and effect, yet at the same time, our past doesn’t define us to the point we cant make a change. I also don’t really idolise, attach my emotions, or hold strong beliefs about material like statues. My attitude is generally, acknowledge it and use it to move forward and grow.

That lead me to ask these questions. How far back do people go to remove, hide, eradicate history? How come my focus isn’t on the ‘takedown’? and for me, this isn’t how I personally ‘stand up’?

I guess my drive and focus isn’t on those statues because I’m too busy trying to be active daily in the conversations I have and the actions I take to try and fight and break down walls for myself, for my family, and for my community.

If I detach the emotion from what statues like that of  Edward Colston in Bristol represents, I’m not sure what difference taking the down will actually make to the bigger picture. To me, the money which is now used to relocate statues or even rebrand street names could be used for other things that could go to support the BAME community through business, creative spaces, or even educational programs and resources. If it’s about what it mean’s and represents does that me I should change my names and go on a journey to trace my original African name instead of the names of my slave names?

In order for people to be able to stand up, something must fall down, right? That’s how we get harmony. But does the “taking down” of these monuments have any effect in the dismantling of the systems that hold back people of colour?

What are your thoughts?

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© André Wallace

Roller Skating Girl – Who is She

Roller Skating Girl during BLM March London
© Craig Jiggy / Jiggy Creationz 2020
I’ve passed the “Roller Skating Girl” sculpture on so many occasions and I’ve always been drawn to it.
Maybe it’s the way she appears to be calm and effortlessly frozen in motion. It makes me think of skating freely with the wind in my face. That freedom and feel of flying.
Her clench fist shows grit and determination. Strong like many of the roller girls in our team of #CreativePeopleOnWheels.
She’s even sparked of many of a creative idea in me…. #WarningCreationzInProgress.
So who is this girl? I’ve wondered for over the years and to answer the question, and the following skate by the piece during a Black Lives Matter march past, I reached out to Anderé Wallice, creator of this sculpture and “The Whisperer”  for the answer.

From André

When I contacted André, I shared my photo of myself next to Roller Skating Girl during a BLM march in London. I expressed my feeling towards the piece, and if she was (as I interpreted) possibly being of black heritage.
He responded kindly with “I’m really pleased you feel so positively toward the Roller skater especially in connection with Black Lives Matter.”
André continued
“Originally when asked to come up with ideas for the sculpture I drew on the community feel of Morton Street, the presence of the school and I wanted to introduce the notion of ‘Play’.  I wanted to create a sculpture which was positive and dynamic and reflected the youth and vitality of an urban street. I wanted to represent a girl/woman with independence and attitude. The sculpture was not based on one particular person but appeared through my imagination and past experience and observations.”

Rubble

During a recent studio clear-out, André the original plaster for the Bronze cast was broken down.
©André Wallace
Interestingly, the timely nature of this post means this image lends itself to the debate around taking down and defacing of historical monuments. Although is post is nothing more than the story of the Roller Skating Girl.
Thanks and Blessings go out to André for his thoughts and images.
#StayHumble #StayCreative #KeepItJiggy

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#SkateOfMind – Mental Health Awareness Week

So we’re here in #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek which would have been the count down to our event with Theatre Peckham this Saturday but as with most events, the recent health crisis has put it on pause.

However, it still is Mental Health Awareness Week, and for many, anxiety and depression have been reported to be on the increase due to isolation and lockdowns.

Many of us have found a way to adapted and find a way to keep skating, but for some of us who have limited space, this has been a relatively hard time, with no way to vent via their usual skate outlet.

For this reason, we think it’s important to continue to share our #SkateOfMind stories with you this week.

 

 

Special Thanks Roller Girl Gang and to those who have contributed and allowed us to share with you how skating has helped them through some hard times.

When things are back to some stake of normal, we will be back with Theatre Peckham, but in the meantime, Roll Safe.

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For More Information and If you need professional help please visit Rethink Mental Illness.

 

 

 

Special Thanks To
Katrina Russel-Adams Vanessa Bunn Suzann Mclean
Ellie Ronke Nomi Mel
Sarah-Jane Roller Girl Gang Theatre Peckham

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Love In Antwerp

Usually when I travel, especially if it’s somewhere I’m visiting for the first time, I give my self enough time to do a photo walk. If you’ve never heard of a photo walk or photo walking, it’s basically wandering around talking photos as you explore.

The Photowalk

This was my second visit to Antwerp for another Roller Skating based event, and as usual, it clashed with a Red Rolled and Seen photography workshop. So seeing as I was double booked. I contacted Bella, the creator of Red Rolled and Seen, and asked if I could join in remotely. Whilst standing in a park in Antwerp as the sun rose, I whipped out my phone and WhatsApped Bella. My question was “how would you feel if I took the ‘Love’ theme of the workshop and instead of Peckham being the location, use Antwerp?”. With enthusiasm and a bucketful of support, Bella said yes! Instantly I switched focus and began seeking out ways to visualise love, but this photography swiftly turned into a short project on challenging the idea of love.

Heres’s some of the shot’s I put forward for the workshop.

 

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It’s 229 miles from Peckham, London to Antwerp, Belgium, but “Love” exists all day, everyday, all across the globe. . . These shot’s taken as part of the @redrolledandseen #Love #PhotowalkChallenge, candidly explore situation where the love is? . . What “Love” is, is open to interpretation and even between those connected by love, they have different ideas of what “it” is. The expectations it creates, and the fear of not having it lead to a load of stories. . . Love isn’t really visible, but peoples idea of love is. So if you can’t see your perception of Love… is it still love? . . Is it even for us to question??? . ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡. . . 📸 @craigjiggy #CraigJiggySnaps . . . #TeamJiggy #CandidPhotography #PhotoChallenges #photography #documentinglife #Antwerp #Belgium #streetphotography #AntwerbyLondoners #Photowalking #Photowalks #SmartPhonePhotography

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But is your idea of “love” and how do you capture it?

Visit Antwerp

Antwerp has a really good transport network, but apart from using 1 tram, it’s easy to walk around it’s flat, sometimes cobbled streets. Why not visit for yourself and witness the tonnes of outdoor arts, the culture and the stories carved into the buildings. Search Booking.com for somewhere to stay.


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Es Quint UK: Brighton Spring Roll Call 2020 – Where to Stay

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Brighton for Es Quint Foundation Spring Roll Call!

To help you decide where to stay here are a few options for you.

Get Cashback on your Travel

If your are UK based, you can claim money back on your travel and accommodation by signing up and using TopCashback. I usually use a comparison site like Trivago to get a rough idea of prices in an area. Then once I found somewhere which looks affordable, head over to the TopCashback website and search for the booking agent (eg Booking.com, Hotels.com, etc.) to see if there are any cashback or money off offers for that site.

You can also use TopCashback to book your train or coach to Brighton.

At the time of writing this you can also get an additional M&S e-gift voucher if you sign up to TopCashback today!

Suggestions

So here are a few places, which seem affordable and not too far from central Brighton and the host venue.
NOTE: These suggestions are based purely on price and location only. We have no affiliation with the venues and have not stayed here ourselves. 

Find you spot…

If those ideas don’t take you, use the location finder below (powered by Booking.com) to customise your stay.



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Hopefully this will help you and myself and the team look forward to rolling with us in Brighton for Es Quint’s 2020 Spring Roll Call.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact us via the event page on facebook.

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Photowalking Prague with BeRightBack Travel

I’ve always thought about going to one of the many gothic cities across Europe, but I just never got around to it. Maybe my initial perception of the “eastern-block” as a place which might be unsafe for me as a “black man” made it more of a reason not to go. I guess this idea was strongly based on images from football matches and hooliganism in the 80’s – 90s, but thanks to the awesome guys at BeRightBack I can say from my experience that’s not the case. So here’s my guide to Prague as I went #Photowalking through the Czech Republic Capital thanks to BRB.

What Is BeRightBack Travel?

BeRightBack (BRB) is a UK subscription-based travel service which takes the hustle of working out where to go next. If you like surprises, or simply just go to the same old places all the time then BRB could be what you need. Read more about why I recommend BRB, and how you could join me on my next surprise destination.

A Little About Prague

As previously mentioned, Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Like my home town of London, it is split in two by the Vltava River. In the early 19th centry, it was dubbed “the City of a Hundred Spires” by Austrian historian Josef Hormayr. Looking across the city from Castle View I can see why.

 

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Prague is known for it’s Old Town Square, it’s historical colourful baroque buildings, the Charles Bridge, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock.

Photowalking Prague

Prague is packed full of beautiful architecture and everywhere you turned there was something well worth snapping.
As I love London at night I wanted to see what #LowLightPrague would have to offer, so off I went into the night for some photography whilst joining a local ghost walk.

Prague at Low Light

Photowalking… on water

Drawing comparisons with the London’s River Thames, the Vltava River runs through the Czech capital and is spanned by 17 Bridges. So the quickest way to see them was to book myself onto a river cruise. From the BRB site, you have easy access to the GetYourGuide site which is where I booked my spot. Food, Drink and English Narration were provided, making it easy to identify what I was seeing.

 

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Staying in Prague

As part of my BRB #SupriseDestination package, your accommodation is also sorted out for you. For this adventure, I stayed at the Royal Prague City Appartments, which was pretty much in the centre of the city. As with most of the city, the apartments are located in a historical building between the Vltava River and the Petřínské Sady park. My room was very stylishly decorated with modern touches which complimented the old Edwardian look. When I checked in I was given discount vouchers for two local restaurants, which was definitely a bonus. The wifi signal was perfect, which I needed as I was working on the move. The room itself had an ensuite bathroom, kitchen, small dining area with TV, safe and an awesome, super-comfy double bed. Definitely somewhere I’d stay again.

Food and Drink

As someone with lots of food allergies, I always have to be careful with what I eat, no matter how much I love the sight of a well-presented dish. All of the places where I stopped to eat had English menus available, so it was easy to spot any allergens to avoid.

There was no limit to the array of restaurants offering international food, from Chinese and Thai to Italian and Indian. So I took the short stroll from my apartment to Medduzy’s and ordered the popular Czech Fried Chicken Schnitzel, together with a glass of hot apple juice.

When it comes to discovering somewhere to eat, the Old Town is the perfect place to start. For me, this is where I found the traditional Bohemian dessert, Tredlník. A sort of spiral sugar and a cinnamon doughnut, topped with a choice of double flavoured of ice cream, also known as “Chimney Cake”.

The main thing is there is something for everyone and you definitely won’t leave Prague without your taste buds being tingled and a few snaps of your food for the old Instagram.

Discover Prague

To me, Prague is full of beauty. From the amazing carvings and sculptures which decorate almost every building in the Old Town to the views you get from hills and towers which adorn the city, I think there is something for everyone. The Prague Card  offers 2, 3 or 4 day discounts for shows and tours, or free entry to attractions and historical monuments. Here are a few things to do which I would like to try on my next visit.

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