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Launch of new cultural diversity initiative – Shades of Black

April 29, 2016

May marks the launch of our exciting new initiative that aims to showcase diversity and culture within the Arts. The initiative, named Shades of Black, will be on-going, and will introduce a variety of productions and events into the our already jam-packed entertainments schedule. South Hill Park’s CEO, Ron McAllister, said:

[vc_testimonial author=”Ron McAllister” company=”CEO”] South Hill Park is committed to providing an inclusive arts programme and we hope that ‘Shades of Black’ will welcome many new patrons to SHP. One of our Managers, Sharon Titus, has worked alongside myself and our marketing team to put this season’s events together. We hope you enjoy it! [/vc_testimonial]

The first event in the Shades of Black programme is a play by Ambreen Razia and Black Theatre Live, called The Diary of a Hounslow Girl. Taking place on Tuesday 10 May in the Art Centres’ Studio Theatre, the production, performed by Ambreen herself, tells the story of a 16 year old British Muslim girl growing up in West London. From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a funny, bold, provocative play, highlighting the challenges of being brought up as a young woman in a traditional Muslim family.

Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of eight regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) touring theatre.

Saturday 25 June see’s the majestic voices of The South African Cultural Talent Choir (SATC) take to the Wilde Theatre stage for a spectacular South African Gospel Choir performance. Singing a cappella or with instruments, their repertoire encompasses traditional, popular and even classical pieces, interspersed with energetic Zulu dance that always tells a story and brings much excitement to their performances.

The South African Cultural Talent Choir (SATC) has amongst its members some of the UK’s most talented and professional South African artists, with their aim being to promote and showcase South African heritage and culture.

If you’re a lover of the 1920’s, you’ll want to join Reading’s own Julia Titus and her legendary Pigfoot band on Saturday 16 July in the Art Centre’s atmospheric Cellar Bar, as they transport you back to the days of prohibition, with their exclusive Speakeasy Night. Expect the revival of the great divas of Jazz, Blues and Soul in an evening of excessive flapping and musical fun.

The team at South Hill Park look forward to welcoming more top quality acts in the autumn season, as part of the Art Centre’s ongoing ‘Shades of Black’ initiative.