Around the world, people are brought together by stories that help them bridge the gaps between their understanding of the world.
Come and celebrate Black History Month with the Horniman Museum with some family-friendly musical performances and storytelling workshops from The Venus Bushfires. Performances will include the ethereal hang instrument, soothing vocals, traditional African percussion, steel pans, electric guitar, violin and a special surprise. The workshops aim to explore how we communicate with each other and share our ideas, experiences and cultures through the art of storytelling.
About The Venus Bushfires
Helen Epega, who writes and performs as The Venus Bushfires, was born in Nigeria and moved to London aged seven. She is a composer, singer-songwriter and performance artist and the two different cultures of her homes have heavily influenced her creatively. In 2015, she debuted her Pidgin English Opera “the first Pidgin Opera in the world” in King’s Cross, London. Titled Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera, the piece fuses a widely spoken vernacular language with classical music.
I want to share with you the importance of bridging the middle.
“Growing up I really really longed to hear the phrase ‘once upon a time’, I would know I was about to be transported into a magical fairyland.”
But fearing the phrase she knew would follow “…the end”, Epega has spent her life making up her own middle, She claims to be an optimist and a dreamer (“probably why I’m a musician”), but most importantly she is a storyteller.