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Dizzee Rascal with Wiley against the background of the three towers in Bow

Mad About Grime youth project

Roman Road LDN is partnering up with Eastside youth centre to run Mad About Grime, a digital media course for young people in Bow.

Funded by Action for Bow, the course will give participants a crash course in multimedia publishing, culminating in press night with bona fide E3 grime legends. See the trailer for it here.

Students will be applying their journalistic skills to the music and culture of grime, the genre formed in Bow and which has gone on to become a global phenomenon. During grime’s early days artists developed many of the same skills we’ll be teaching: writing, filming, and editing.

The course is an opportunity to develop valuable skills and unearth some of Bow’s richest cultural heritage. Good journalism is about telling important stories. What better story to practice on than the rise of grime music?

The course is completely free and will run from 5 November to 10 December, comprising of five Tuesday evening workshops at Eastside Youth Centre on Parnell Road and a press night finale at Café East.

Interviews will be published on Roman Road LDN.

The workshops at Eastside Youth Centre

From conducting interviews to recording and editing videos, the workshops will be delivered by professionals with years of experience in the media industry. 

  • 5 November : Research with Roman Road LDN
  • 12 November: Interviewing ft Kiss FM’s DJ MK
  • 19 November: Filming ft Lucia Helenka, director of grime documentary Roll Deeper, and Troy A Plus Miller grime DVD pioneer 
  • 26 November: Writing with Roman Road LDN
  • 3 December: Going Live! Events and Social Media ft Rich Mix Martha Rumney 

Learn from media moguls

Students who have completed the course will have the opportunity to interview local grime legends at a private Press Night held at Cafe East. Confirmed so far:

Tabitha Stapely

Founding director of Roman Road LDN, Tabitha Stapely, will be leading the working on Research and Writing.

Tabitha Stapely has worked in media for thirty years. Stapely started as Editorial Assistant on GQ magazine, Style Editor for Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Health and Beauty Editor for Cosmopolitan’s sister magazine Zest, Deputy Editor of Red online magazine and Digital Director of Elle magazine. She left Elle magazine to bring the benefit of journalism to local community and launched Roman Road LDN in January 2018. It now receives 25,000 unique visitors per month.

DJ MK

Radio DJ for Kiss FM, DJ MK will be leading the workshop on Interviews, sharing his stories of interviewing the stars and tips on how to get interviewees to open up.

Lucia Helenka

Visual creative Lucia Helenka will be leading the working on filming and sharing her tips on creating short films with just a smart phone. 

Lucia Helenka is a visual creative working in photography, film and VR. After studying fine art at Goldsmiths, London, she set up Minky Productions to produce documentaries, live drama and animation content for online and TV broadcast. In 2004 she hooked up with the unsigned Roll Deep Crew and produced Roll Deeper which went on to be bonus content on their debut album In At The Deep End in 2005. Lucia also curated and toured a series of pioneer Grime films, including the work of Troy A plus Miller in galleries and film festivals.

Martha Rumney

Events coordinator for cultural centre Rich Mix,  Martha Rumney will be talking to us about the importance of events in the media world.

Martha Rumney, Arts & Culture Programme Coordinator for local East London Arts Centre, Rich Mix and freelance Producer. Martha recently co-curated Generation Grime: Back2Bow an interactive sound walk featuring DJ Slimzee and MC God’s Gift discussing the importance of Bow and Roman Rd in the emergence of the genre. Martha is passionate about producing and coordinating events that are rooted in the community so is especially excited about getting involved with Mad About Grime.

The press night at Cafe East

In the spirit of Bow’s proud music heritage, the final event will be a press night at Cafe East where local young people will interview local legends of the Bow grime scene.

Cafe East has become the hangout for local music scene. Many of them were childhood friends of owner Mustafa Has. ‘The artists have popped in, my friends like Rudimental come here, Jorja Smith, Tinchy Stryder, Wiley, all the local boys, the Roll Deep boys, Ruff Sqwad boys, the Boy Better Know crew, and Ghetts is in everyday – all these artists which represent east London. It almost feels like we’re continuing the Rhythm Division, just in a different way.’

The press night will be a PRIVATE event held on Tuesday 10 December.

Interview local grime legends

Students who have completed the course will have the opportunity to interview local grime legends at a private Press Night held at Cafe East. Confirmed so far:

Mercston

Mercston, local resident and grime artist, is one of the scene’s hottest talents. His song “Summertime” is one of the genre’s early anthems. After collaborations with artists like Ghetts and Wretch 32, he is preparing to launch his long awaited debut album, Top Tier.

Risky Roadz

Risky Roadz, local resident and videographer, was the first to film all of the stars of todays grime music scene. Now the creative juice behind the viral phenomenon that is Grime Gran (his gran in real life).

Girls of Grime: Lady Shocker

Lady Shocker, local resident and grime artist, is an artist in her own right but also part of the Girls of Grime collective, helping raising the voices of of women in grime music, local resident and grime artist, is an artist in her own right but also part of the Girls of Grime collective, helping raising the voices of of women in grime music.

Volunteering opportunities

Want to get involved? We want this project to inspire local children from a wide range of backgrounds to consider a future in the creative and media industries.

Help us make this project even more memorable by contributed in the following ways:

•  Social media expert? Live social media coverage during press night.

•  Interest in event management? Help the event go smoothly on the night

•  Photographer? Amateur or professional, help document the young children interviewing grime legends on the night.

•  Work in PR? Help us let the world

•  Media professional? Would you like to help run one of the workshops and talk about your field of expertise to the young people

What to get involved? Get in touch at hello@romanroadlondon.com

Our gratitude to...

Thank you so much to the following volunteers:

Local resident and graphic designer Perry Harding who designed the Mad About Grime flyers that will be handed out to children at local schools in October.

Martha Rumney for offering to bring her expertise as programme coordinator to help out on the night. 

Mad About Grime youth project flyer

Our sponsors and partners

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