About: Our Story
The Beginning: Two women, One Vision
In 2013, two women from diverse cultural backgrounds and a single passion to use art as a form for social political engagement started a day festival.
Hannabiell Sanders, an African American Jamaican born in New Jersey-USA, is a bass trombonist, an African and Latin hand percussionist, and a composer. She is a progressive music teacher who strives to teach her students different ways of using their voices to build and make unified communities through music.
Yilis dell Carmen Suriel, born in Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana, and moved to the United States at the age of nine, is a Printmaker, papermaker, a multimedia artist, performer, and musician. She is an educator, artist, and musician who believes in the power of people to make change.
Since moving to the UK in 2009, Hannabiell & Yilis, have produced various events, concerts, workshops and festivals. They have created and designed live concerts, and have booked a list of renowned local and international touring and professional artists, produced marketing materials, acquired established live music venue and provided on site production while also supervising staff and volunteers.
They have worked with and collaborated with local, national, and international artists including:
Black Voices, Seckou Keita, Sens Sagna, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, Climbing Poetree, Camp Vamps, The Baghdaddies, AfroKru, Northern Monkey Brass Band, Ajah UK, Martin Hylton, Alan Vaughan, Ella Mesma, Kema Kay, Jack Drum Arts, Martha Hill, Crossings, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, Nansady Keita, Drum Din, Drummed up, Tenth Avenue Band, Too Spicy, Sidiki Dembele, Volta 45, Anansi, Afsumu Blue, Linos Wengara Magaya and Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vives, the Din, Guessman, James Joys, DJ Panco, DJ Mariam Rezai, Nik Barreras, DJ Zero dB, DJ Alexo, DJ Carlitos, DJ Lalya, Tim Shaw, Nik Alevroyiannis.
Several of their concerts and workshops have taken place in various settings throughout the North East including Star & Shadow Cinema, The Cluny, Cobalt Studio, Live Theatre, Cumberland Arms, Holts Yard, Newcastle University, The Cluny, Northumbira University.
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