Open Session #19: Rap, Home and Hope

At this Open Session Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom will share the legacy of rap, hope, and home in modern Britain.
Lighthouse Project Space Launch Programme

Wednesday 17 July, 6:30-9PM

Lighthouse Project Space, New England House, Elder Place, York Hill Corner, BN1 4GH

Open Session #19: Rap, Home and Hope


Open Sessions #19: Rap, Home & Hope

Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024

Doors: 6.30 PM

Event: 7PM - 9PM

Location: Lighthouse Project Space, New England House, Elder Place, York Hill Corner, BN1 4GH

Tickets: FREE. Booking Required

This Open Session is an opportunity for both readers and rap-curious onlookers alike to ask questions and engage with Neef’s work. By structuring the open session as a "conversation" rather than an "interview" to encourage open dialogue between speakers and the audience, Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom will be in conversation with Elsa and Dred, two members of Lighthouse’s Future Creative Leaders to discuss “where we come from”.

Beginning with a reading, the session will be followed by Neef sharing some examples of how he went about documenting British music culture, balanced by music culture local to Brighton, before moving into an open discussion and questions from the audience.

“Something is happening in Britain, trembling the tracks as it unfolds. Recent years have borne witness to underground genres leaking out from the inner cities, going on to become some of the most popular music in the nation.”

- Aniefiok Ekpoudom, Where We Come From: Rap, Home and Hope in Modern Britain


Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom

Aniefiok ‘Neef’ Ekpoudom is a writer and storyteller from South London whose work documents community and culture in contemporary Britain. His debut book Where We Come From: Rap Home and Hope in Modern Britain is a social history of British Rap. It was released via Faber & Faber in January 2024.



Elsa Monteith

Elsa is a writer and broadcaster working in music, the arts, and with impact-driven organisations. She has a newsletter called Discontented which explores "content" as both a feeling and a symptom of the algorithm. Elsa is a Lighthouse Young Creatives alumni and a current member of the Future Creative Leaders cohort.



Introducing Brighton-based artist and Future Creative Leaders participant Dred. Influenced by the likes of Nines, Dave, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Nipsey Hussle, Dred uses his relatable lyricism and story-telling ability to deliver musically dense, gritty and catchy UK rap bangers. His content and creative writing point at his own real life experiences and paint vivid pictures, stirring emotions in songs like ‘Otis’, to street ready segments such as ‘Cascades’ which display his real rap foundations through and through.

Fresh off a year of firsts, including his first ever UK tour support slot with Brighton super star ‘Arrdee’, as well as headlining his first sell out show, 2024 will see Dred releasing more epic music than ever and solidifying his spot as a future UK rap staple.



Please note, that this event will be photographed/filmed. If you prefer not to be photographed please speak to a member of the Lighthouse team. The photographs and film we capture at our events are used for marketing and promotional purposes for our programme only and are stored securely.


This event will be held on the ground floor, level access, of Lighthouse Project Space, New England House, Elder Place, York Hill Corner, BN1 4GH ( map )

We have step-free access just to the left of our space. The step-free ramp is 1 metre wide, after the ramp you reach a blue door please use the 'Lighthouse' doorbell, one of the team will come to let you in and you will then go through a door that is 34 in / 86.5cm wide and after that another door in to the space that is 33.5 in / 85cm wide. There is an accessible toilet in the space on the same floor.
We have one accessible parking space that must be booked in advance. For further information email info@lighthouse.org.uk or call 01273 647197.


Future Creative Leaders (FCL) is a 12-month paid programme offering young creatives from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to work closely with Lighthouse's leadership team to explore various aspects of creative leadership. Funded and supported by Art Fund’s ‘Reimagine Grants’, over the year, participants will co-curate programmes, select participants for mini-residencies, and recruit their successors, all while exploring alternative governance structures, accountability, and power-sharing.

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