Legacy

2017

Legacy was a community arts library project devised by Lyrici Arts and in partnership with Medway Libraries and Medway Council’s Arts Development Team. It was a season of free lyrical and literature events which included adult author talks, poetry, music, dance and theatre events, storytelling, family workshops and food – all rooted in African and Caribbean culture.

A dancer performs at a Lyrici event

Project Details

Events included:

• Legacy Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day: Iconic black poetry and prose.
• Hip Hop and Dancehall Dance Workshop
• Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5’s
• ‘We Dance, We Work, We Sing’ Scratch theatre performance
• Caribbean Storytime with Anansi the Spider and Brer Rabbit:Stories/
• ‘I am the Referee’ book talk with Ian John Lewis and author Mark Heffernan
• The Story of Lovers Rock feat Menelik Shabazz
• Wil Johnson: A Kent actor’s career from grass roots to National fame
• MOBO: Through the Ages feat The Vanbrugh Hill Syndicate
• How music came to the world: African storytelling feat Olusola Oyeleye
• Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Playtext analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
• Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre feat Wil Johnson and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon.

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Past Events

A Legacy poster next to three wooden books with flowers on top

Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day - Iconic black poetry and prose featuring Yomi Sode

Saturday 14 January 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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A wooden box containing shakers and a mango

Caribbean Rhyme Time

Friday 17 February 2017
10:30 - 11:30 AM
2:30 - 3:15 PM

Tuesday 8 August 2017
10:45 - 11:15 AM
1:45 - 2:45 PM

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A wooden book with a photo of a woman braiding a young girls hair inside

We Dance, We Work, We Sing

Saturday 4 March 2017
2:00 - 3:00 PM

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A book display in a library

Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds

Tuesday 4 April 2017
10:30 - 11:30 AM

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Red boxing gloves

I am the Referee

Thursday 6 April 2017
7:30 - 9:00 PM

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A DVD case for The Story of Lovers Rock

The Story of Lovers Rock directed by Menelik Shabazz

Thursday 4 May 2017
7:30 - 9:00 PM

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A book display at a library

Hiphop and Dancehall Dance Workshops

Tuesday 30 May 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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A display with a poster for a Legacy event, a black hat, wooden books and a DVD

Wil Johnson: A Kent actor’s career from grassroots to National fame

Thursday 1 June 2017
7:30 - 9:00 PM

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A book displaying showing a collection of books about music and a saxophone

MOBO: Through the Ages, with The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate

Saturday 1 July 2017
1:30 - 4:00 PM

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A shekere and a colourfully painted tambourine

How Music Came to the World, feat Olusola Oyeleye

Wednesday 9 August 2017
2:00 - 2:45 PM

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A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof poster

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

Saturday 2 September 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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A Legacy display at a library

Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Saturday 7 October 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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“Great music, great food. It’s fantastic to experience new/ different culture to the local norm.”

— Benjamin

“This is how our libraries
should be used, it was amazing to see! Groundbreaking & cultural, forward thinking. The person who didn’t come MISSED OUT!”

— Natasha

“It was memorable and wonderful. We must keep our libraries alive and going for the community.”

— Alison

Supported By

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  • Lottery Funded Arts Council England Logo
  • Battersea Arts Centre Logo
  • Collaborative Touring Network Logo
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  • logo for kent city council
  • Glasbox Theatre Logo
  • Back Medway UK City of Culture 2025 Logo