Showcase Smoothie

 

Showcase Smoothie was project managed by Beauty and Utility Arts for its first three years.

Showcase Smoothie is a major new literature and music based project, led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) and partnered by a range of arts, health and educationally based organisations. It is Patronised by the internationally acclaimed poet and performer, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, MBE and Championed by Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE; Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri and Dr. Peter Miller, CEO of LPT.

The project was designed to showcase the talents of people with experience of mental health problems, and has a particular focus on young black men. An artistic programme of workshops, mentoring and development, launched in March 2012.

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‘Showcase Smoothie’ anthology launch as part of National Poetry Day

As I’ve mentioned before I am currently very fortunate to be project managing ‘Showcase Smoothie’, an Arts Council England funded, literature and music based project, targeting predominantly young black men with experience of mental health problems.

The project is championed by John Short CEO of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford and Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri and partnered by The University of Leicester, Akwaaba Ayeh, renaissance one, BrightSparks (Arts in Mental Health Group), Beauty and Utility Arts, The Y Theatre and Leicester Adult Skills and Learning College.

This National Poetry Day (October 4th) ….

Come to ‘Lyric Lounge Leicester’ for a stella line up of one-off appearances…From the Emmy award winning, Kwame Dawes to Pauline Black – and THIS – the really, really exciting launch of ‘Poems to Read – before u die’ – The Showcase Collective’s’ already much lauded, debut anthology. Come down, get involved and discover new opportunities for your own development.

Showcase Smoothie, The Anthology Launch

Come on down for the launch of the ‘Showcase Smoothie’ collective’s first anthology!

‘Showcase Smoothie’ literature and music based project, led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, is designed to showcase the talent of young black men with experience of mental health issues and has attracted national attention. www.showcasesmoothie.com

The launch will feature members of the collective performing alongside editor, Roy McFarlane and  mentor, Kwame Dawes. Delicious refreshments provided. Mingle and pick up a copy of the book!

WHERE: Central Library, Bishop Street TIMES: From 4.15pm

To reserve your place at this event, contact Project Manager, Katherine Brown at beautyandutilityarts@hotmail.co.uk

The Showcase Collective’s Anthology, ‘Poems to Read – Before u Die’ is being produced and launched in partnership with ‘The Lyric Lounge’ (www.lyriclounge.co.uk) and it’s managing organisation, Writing East Midlands. It has been further supported by ‘Everybody’s Reading’ – Leicester festival of books and reading. Showcase Smoothie is funded by Arts Council England. Follow the project at www.showcasesmoothie.com