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The Workshops

On Saturday 30 June we have a series of free workshops and masterclasses:

Dreph Street Art Workshop
10am – 12pm, The Arches, Sage Gateshead
Neequaye Dreph Dsane was born in Nottingham in 1973. He is a versatile visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on portraiture, he is best known for his large-scale murals and oil paintings. His portraits and their accompanying backstories present an alternative narrative, a tribute to living unsung heroes and heroines. His works are arresting and beautifully drafted, with an honesty and depth of emotion that bring his subjects to life. With an Art, Design and Media degree, he is influenced, as much by is comic books and New York subway art as he is the old masters. After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph is widely regarded as a stalwart of the scene and has painted in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central and South America and throughout Europe. He is currently working on ‘Migration’, a national series of paintings exploring the human stories of those who have travelled from abroad and made the UK their home. Dreph is a former secondary school art teacher with extensive experience working with young people with special education needs and disabilities and those with diverse social and emotional needs.
Suitable for ages 16+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Seek the Northerner and Leddie MC – Lyric and Cypher Workshop
12pm – 1pm, The Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead
Boothboxers and Northentic Records boss Seek the Northerner joins forces with Teeside talent Leddie MC and the CoMusica team to create a rare opportunity for up and coming writers to get feedback on their rhymes and learn industry tips through workshop elements and group cypher. Not for the shy, get ready to spit some bars.
Suitable for ages 16+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Carpetface Beatbox Workshop
1.30pm – 2.30pm, Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead
CARPETFACE is a critically acclaimed, award-winning international hiphop artist, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from London, having supported the likes of De La Soul, ONYX and DJ YODA on tour all over UK and Europe, along with solo tours in South Africa, Gambia, Japan and USA. It will come as no surprise that CARPETFACE takes you back to the golden era of hiphop, through vocal, percussion and beat box sounds that inspire maximum audience participation.
Outside his work as a musical artist, CARPETFACE has now also founded a brand new non-profit organisation called “NEWBIAS CIC”, undertaking multiple roles promoting and curating a series of “JAMNESTY” music events for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK via the brand ‘WAKEUP!TOURS” along with various Hip Hop based projects in the areas of education, therapy and academia, including “Hip Hop & HOPE” – panel discussion events examining Hip Hop in Social Change.
Suitable for ages 13+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

DJ Smoove Workshop
1pm – 2pm, The Arches, Sage Gateshead
Smoove can boast a career in the music industry that dates back almost two decades. A man of many talents he is not only the producer & driving force behind Smoove and Turrell but his passion and love of music has guided him onto a path that includes international DJ, label boss, Re-mixer & live performer. His obsession of digging for vinyl is second to none travelling the globe seeking out those golden nuggets. Smoove’s integrity & originality was spotted by legend Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz Records) in 2005 when he signed Smoove to release his first solo record “Dead Men’s Shirts” and after the success of the singles “Coming Back” & The Revolution Will be Televised” both Smoove and Eddie realised a follow up was on the cards. “Gravy” was released in 2007 with the now B-Boy classic “I’m a man” featured in its list of classic dance floor fillers. More recently Smoove joined forces with the 45Live Crew, a new collective of DJ’s who share one thing in common, a real passion for the 7” single.
Smoove is one part of the talented team that deliver Generators Switch project at the CoMusica Arches.
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Introduction to Spray Can Art with CoMusica and GMC
2pm -3pm, The Arches, Sage Gateshead
A beginners session for young people interested in spray can and street art. This informative and fun session will teach you the basics around different paints, caps and effects and let you go wild on the walls.
Suitable for ages 12+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Bad Taste Cru – Breakdance Workshop
3pm – 4pm, The Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead
We are very happy to welcome back Bad Taste Cru to Sage Gateshead who will be running this introduction to breakin’ workshop.
BTC are passionate about education and culture, spreading knowledge through the positive messages of Hip Hop Culture. Renowned for their battling prowess, individuality and family ethos, BTC have a highly decorated history of competing in the UK and in Worldwide, by winning every major UK bboy competition over the years and representing at a high level abroad. Some of their accolades include Battle of the Year World Finals, Germany (2008) Representing the UK at Evolution World Finals (NYC, USA 2010) , Tear it Up UK Champions (2011), Get Down UK (2013) Fresh Factory UK (2014). Not to mention organising and hosting Just Jam International for a staggering 10 years, growing it into a highlight of the international bboy calendar.
Suitable for ages 11+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Soca-To-Me Dance Workshop
4pm – 5pm, The Barbour Room, Sage Gateshead
Soca-To-Me fuse dancehall and Afrotastiq, two styles back to back using the Dancehall grooves with the funky footwork’s of Africa. Tutor Lerato has fast built up a solid reputation as teacher, choreographer and performer, and this is a great cahnce to sample the workshops delivered at the Soca-To-Me dance studio based in Newcastle.
Suitable for ages 13+
Tickets are available via eventbrite here.

Sketchbook Sessions with Arts Award
3pm – 5pm, Concourse and Cafe Sage Gateshead
Drop in Arts Award session for Discover level with pre printed worksheets, colouring pages and blank paper supported by CoMusica Artist team plus special guest illustrators.
Suitable for all ages/Arts Award for ages 5-25