The whole concept of this segment is to allow artists to ‘PLAY’, something that we neglect or forget during the process of making. At the end of each scratch performances we will be collating online feedback from audiences to help the artists to develop the work further.
Four various artists will be presenting their scratch ideas that will be adapted online.
RUMAHfest will kick start with an online ‘easy-to-follow’ - embroidery workshop to create an empowering imagery representing allyship with the womxn in your life, hosted by Nicole Chui from @thatsewnicole, a Hong Kong born, London-based embroidery artist. Her use of hand embroidery is messy, brash, and disruptive where she wants to change the conversation around embroidery and champion the voices of womxn. Her clients include TINIE, Nike, NOW gallery, gal-dem, The Hepworth, and Converse. Recently, Nicole was selected by Nike to guest design an airmax 95 sneaker with named “VIXENS”, inspired by the foxes in hackney and her London sisterhood on/off the football pitch.
(Night club in malay)
Is an exploration of new sounds and languages. All of the artists featured in this segment are working together for the first time, matched by RUMAH.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Nush is a Tamil 24 yo artist hailing from London. With numerous global influences, she blends the east and west to bring you a modern and vibrant sound. As a self-taught guitarist, she puts heart and soul into creating music and poetry in her home studio. Her album 'Tenerife' is set to be released later this year.
Troy Cabida is a London-based Filipino poet and producer. His poems have appeared in Cha, TAYO, harana and MacMillan. He is a producer for open mic night Poetry and Shaah as well as a member of Liwayway Kolektibo. His debut pamphlet War Dove (2020) is published under Bad Betty Press.
Nazreen writes code to finance his cravings for sushi and writes poems to stay human. He uses spoken word to raise awareness on social issues and has been commissioned by the International Labour Organization to create and perform pieces for their campaigns. His piece ‘Between Two Worlds’ is set to be included in the permanent exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Livepool.
Sexy Asians In Ur Area
Dying 2 Meet U
After changing their show again and again with the rise of corona and corona-racism to then having it cancelled. It was not a hot or fresh time for the Sexy Asians. But now, they’re back, more sexy and more Asian than ever!
In this short scratch performance Camila Anvar & Zelda Solomon will transpose the exploration of being young, lost and asian-ish from their initial show onto a new digital platform. Grab your karaoke mic and your katana and join them on an online call of a lifetime!
Precious Cargo by Barton Williams and Mohamad Faizal Abdullah
Everyone has a story but not everyone has one like Cuong’s. Whilst he grapples with displacement, loss and just trying to fit in, we are taken on a very personal recount of his life, whilst learning a thing or two about how a nation deals with tolerance.
A play full of delightful optimism that contrasts with the ugly rawness of society. With a small ensemble cast capturing Cuong’s every experience, we ride the emotional roller coaster that one has growing up.
This play is a first for Australian children’s author; Barton Williams and first time collaboration with Singaporean Muslim-Malay actor and theatre-maker; Faizal Abdullah.
Comediasians is the UK’s first all Asian improv troupe dedicated to celebrating Asian performers in London. The up-and-coming crew is formed of members from some of the UK’s top comedy associations, including Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Second City, IO, Free Association, Hoopla and the BBC Writers Room.
Having moved from Jakarta to London, Arya brought his collection of vintage Asian disco, psych and funk records to play at parties in and around London, often fusing them with the rap and electronic sounds he’d heard locally in the city. He is a resident DJ at AAJA in Deptford, and has shows on NTS, Reprezent and SOAS Radio.
“Cường Phạm is a London-based researcher and community organiser. He is also actively involved in the local East & Southeast Asian communities in London, working with various local refugee and precarious communities in London. Cường is also the co-founder of Indigo Magazine, a platform for new voices in/from Southeast Asia and beyond. He also hosts a monthly show NTS, an independent online radio platform. In which he attempts to musically reframe ‘Asia’ as a contested paradigm.”
Adeeb ‘Yung Sultan’ Razak, is a rapper and interdisciplinary artist from East London. His work revolves around themes of heritage and dual identity, exploring where home is for the South Asian diaspora. His debut single ‘Brown’ - a homage to South Asian culture was released in 2018. In 2019, Adeeb created the immersive audio/visual theatre experience ‘KRL-LDN’ at Bloc, Hackney Wick exploring his struggle with dual identity. In 2020, he released the single/music video for ‘East Side Airlines’ which he created alongside rapper/producer Yemzo Katana.