Panel Discussion from QM Records Presents. Photo: Anya Arnold
Panel Discussion from QM Records Presents. Photo: Anya Arnold

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF CULTURE


19 June 2018

A series of performances, talks, and events

Throughout May Lighthouse curated a series of free talks, workshops and events exploring ritual, ceremony and the future of culture. A variety of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and presenters considered the future of culture, including two new commissions. The programme centred around The Wave Epoch, a collaboration between Elijah (grime DJ/Producer), GAIKA (Artist/Musician), and artists Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs, conceived during their recent residency at CERN.


Aqwea and K Minor during #NormalNotNovelty Photo: Riana Tamara

#NormalNotNovelty from RedBull Studios

One of a series of workshops for female identifying DJs, sound engineers, and producers to learn from peers and gain insight into being a woman in the music industry. The evening began with a panel discussion with Katie Tavini, Livia Nagy and Thea Cochrane, who spoke about their experiences working in sound engineering for theatre and cultural organisations. They spoke about how to apply sound engineering skills to non-standard roles within the industry.

Following this was an electronic production demonstration with Aqwea and K Minor, and a Q&A with Flava D and Madam X. During the Q&A Flava D spoke about her career so far including insight into what it is like being a woman in a male dominant industry.

QM Records Presents

The Brighton based label put on an evening of live music and talks – debating the future of touring, streaming and music PR. QM’s nights are known as a chance for musicians, producers and artists to come together in one room – and their evening at Lighthouse was no exception.


The Rise of Radio Panel Discussion. Photo: Anya Arnold

The Rise of Radio

A panel discussion on the increase of online radio stations and what the future of radio will look like. Natty Kasambala, Fauzia Habib, and Saygul Yusuf discussed how online broadcasting is now accessible to more people and what this means for the next generation of radio.

Typical Girls Issue Four Launch

The launch of the independent print magazine’s fourth issue, the ‘Typical’ issue, which delves into the contemporary issues of toxic masculinity and black fatherhood. The launch included a panel discussion with the Typical Girls team – Jamila Prowse, Chani Wisdom and Celiya Koster about why they started the publication and the experience of self publishing.

DV8 Showcase
DV8 are a small creative college in the heart of Brighton. The student took over the gallery space to showcase their creativity across a variety of mediums. Students from a range of courses demonstrated a mix of DJing, film, art, photography, and fashion, and gave us a glimpse into the next generation of creative production.


AudioActive’s audience. Photo: Anya Arnold

AudioActive Presents debate escape

AudioActive hosted an evening of talks and performances – beginning with a highly emotive performance from Potent Whisper, who spoke passionately about austerity in Britain and the Grenfell Tower. We were then treated to a live preview of Ninjaman Stinj’s new EP ‘The Matrix’.

This was followed by a lively debate on the relationship between music and society with panellists Ninjaman Stinj, Boudicca, Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks) and James Donaghy. The panellists discussed how the music we choose to listen to can truly effect what we go out and do in our day to day lives.

The evening closed with a series of performances that exhibited the strong community spirit present in Brighton’s urban music scene right now.


The 3 Wise Gals during Platform B’s Live Broadcast, in front of work by Lois O’Hara. Photo: Stewart Gardiner

Platform B Live Broadcast

Building on the success of their regular radio broadcast from The Green Door Store, Platform B presented a fierce femme DJ line up live from Lighthouse. This show had a great mixture of discussion on female experience and opportunity in the music industry, and next-generation DJ sets showing us why Platform B are such a formidable force.

Lois O’Hara

Throughout the month we also presented the work of local artist Lois O’Hara who is currently taking over Brighton’s best spots with her highly recognisable and vibrant artwork. Lois’ work acted as a fantastic backdrop to many of our May events and set the up-beat and thought-provoking tone.


Thanks to all who contributed, collaborated, and attended our Last Dance: Re-Imagined Futures events. The project is part of Re-imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Last Dance is supported by Arts Council England’s Change Makers fund, which aims to increase the diversity of senior leadership in art and culture. The Wave Epoch is supported by Arts at CERN, in partnership with FACT.


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