Southern E Media Education Arts (SEMEA) is based in the Vestry Offices. It supports intercultural exchange and team building between Southern artists and the community.
In December, as part of its Burngreave Cultural Industries Challenge, the project brought together the band Son Para Todos led by Armando Murillo, the Somali Female Messengers led by Amina Suleiman and SOSA-XA! Sounds of Southern Africa led by Mandla Sibanda, who appeared recently for the BBC ‘Last Choir Standing’ festival. They explored the ‘Lost African Chord’ to the enthusiastic crowd of adults and young people in the Vestry Hall.
Coming up this year
SEMEA's Kutamba Kids! will run February half term project to engage young people in dance, theatre, and digital arts. The project is also launching the premiere of a new play- Dambudzo Revisited. Directed by Ethel Dlamini, will explore the life of this extraordinary African author.
On April 25/26 the Challenge launches Zambuko/Izibuko Cultural Crossings workshops in African harmonies, theatre and African film. The project be joined by local mbira artists, SOSAXA, Zango and Channel 4 film director Simon Bright who will conduct master classes.