10.2.14

Celebrate Peace



Celebrate PEACE with VAANI
Join us on 26th April 2014 in an exciting Cultural extravaganza!
Venue: Ursuline High School Ilford Hall, Time: 7:00pm onwards, dinner provided 
Ticket: £5 per person
We are back, and this year let's celebrate peace in remembrance of WWI. We invite people from different cultural background to show their interpretation of peace and celebration and come together on one stage. Dance performances, skits, musical performances, song performances and poetry readings are welcome.
Cultural Event Participants Entry closes on 31st March 2014.

We are running various competitions for Redbridge residents, please show your support by participating in them. The theme for all the competition below is
"Celebration of PEACE"
The winners will be announced during the event on 26th April 2014.
Interested? Want to know more? Visit our website: www.vaani.org

Early Registration advised for Painting and Salad decoration competition due to limited space.
Contact Smita on info@vaani.org to book your tickets or register



Painting Competition
5th April 2014
14:00pm - 16:00pm
Entry: £1
1st floor Ilford Central Library
Judges: Jason Rose, Amber 
Rules: Bring your own colours, pencil, art materials, etc.
Only paper provided.
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult
Photography Competition
Last date to submit your digital entries: 25th March 2014
Email submissions to: submissions@vaani.org
Rules: Short listed entries will be asked to provide printed copy of photographs.
Include a 50 words narrative regarding your idea.
Judges: TBC
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult


Short Story and poetry competition
last date to submit: 25th March 2014
Email submissions to: submissions@vaani.org
Judges: Hema Macherla, Birri Shangha
Three age groups:

  1. Under 10 years
  2. Under 17 years
  3. Adult


Salad decoration Competition
Date: 5th April 2014
10:30am to 12:00pm
Ilford Central Library
Rules: Bring all your raw materials and tools with you.
All whole vegetables and
fruits only. No peeled, shredded, ready cut materials.
Judge: Afshan Malik, TBC
Age groups: Adults only
























































21.10.13

SALF 2013 starts 23rd Oct - Do not miss it!



South Asian Literature Festival 2013

The South Asian Literature Festival (SALF), London’s premier event for writing and discussion on the Subcontinent, returns to the capital for the fourth consecutive year from October 23rd to November 1st 2013.

SALF is a celebration of the language, culture and literary heritage of South Asia, and is produced annually by Amphora Arts. Major themes this year include Indo-Caribbean literature, Asian Britain, Partition and Mythology.

With support from Arts Council England, British Council, and the Foyle Foundation, SALF will present 30 events with over 50 writers at a number of venues across London, including Asia House, British Library, Conway Hall, Free Word Centre, University of Westminster (Regents Street) and Weiner Library, as well as schools across the capital.

Authors and speakers this year include Amit Chaudhuri, Daljit Nagra, Kamila Shamise, Damian Barr, Declan Walsh, Gaiutra Bahadur, Jaspreet Singh, Jeet Thayil, Neel Mukherjee, Razia Iqbal, Sathnam Sanghera and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Tickets are available through www.southasianlitfest.com or by calling the Festival Box Office on 01865 798797.

30.9.13

SENSE Art, Craft and Dance Workshop photos

7.6.13

VAANI at Asian Women Training and Education Fair 2013

We attended the Asian Women Training and Education Fair. VAANI's table displyed our anthology 9.69 seconds.
One of the volunteer Priyankini Pathak collected funds for VAANI by applying Henna designs on the attendees palm. The idea proved to be a big success. So Congratulations Priyankini!
Many local organisations like Ekta Project, Victim Support, UEL, Redbridge Libraries, St Andrews College etc had a table. It was a great opportunity to meet and know various organisations and also to develop partnerships.
It was a very well organised event by University of East London.

3.6.13

VAANI Culture Night photos

A BIG thank you to all those who attended VAANI's Culture Night 2013. It was great to have you with us. It was huge turn out of 200 people attending the event. Your support is precious to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

As cited in the Census 2011 the borough’s Asian/Asian-British population is now about the same size as the white population, with increase in the Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other Asian communities in particular. VAANI decided to represent different cultures in the borough but at the same time showcase the cohesion, the unity within the borough via a Culture Night. 
The VAANI Culture Night was held on 1st June 2013 in Ilford Central Library that was part of Redbrridge Book and Media Festival 2013. The Chief Guests were Sita Brahmachari (Winner of Waterstone's Children Books Prize 2011), Redbridge Mayor Councillor Felicity Banks, and the Redbridge Deputy Mayoress.

The event was a combination of dance and music performances, readings of prose and poetry, art and craft exhibition by people with learning disabilities, local Redbridge residents belonging to different ethnic groups and VAANI members including adults and children. It also showcased the cohesion of Disabled and able bodied people.

Inspiring poetry readings were by Bengali Poet Neil Mukherji, Manju Chaudhury, Somalian poetess Fatima May Ali and storyteller Jane Grell from Dominica Republic. There were dance performances in Arabic, Spanish and Indian folk style. 
Arabic dance performed by Maitreyi Bhatawdekar and Arushi Agrawal
Spanish dance performed by Vinisha Agrawal
Indian Folk dance by Priyankini Pathak, Dipika Verma, Rumi Thakur and Archana Jha

The Redbridge Israeli Dancers performed Israeli dances to which many of the audience joined in including the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. Vaani's own project SENSE (for people with learning disabilities) performed a Bollywood Dance number and much loved Damien of Woodbine Day Services performed an enthusiastic street dance.

Art Exhibition by artists Amber, Smita, Rupam and Rajesh.

VAANI's Managing Director Smita Rajesh said "The Culture Night symbolised unity in diversity. VAANI endeavours to integrate the diverse community via the medium of different Art forms. It's our honour to see such diverse and inspiring talents on this stage tonight."

Redbridge Mayor Councillor Felicity Banks said " A wonderful evening – full of variety, poetry story telling, singing, individual dancing and group dancing from many different cultures. Most memorable was the happy smiling faces of all the performers and hosts."

Please see below the photos of the event.

VAANI Culture Night 1stJune2013photos

15.5.13

Vaani's Culture Night


VAANI Culture Night 1st June 2013
Let's celebrate our culture together!
We would like to invite you along with your family and friends to attend
VAANI's Culture Night.
Chief Guests are well known Children's Author Sita Brahmachari,
Redbridge Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The Culture Night is to celebrate the 'Cohesion' of different cultures
residing in Redbridge. It is also celebration a cohesion of able bodied and
disabled people. It is to provide a platform to be one in our differences, to
perform, gain confidence and hopefully a launch pad for bigger and
brighter future for local residents of Redbridge and surrounding area.

Programme:
Event Date: 1st June 2013
Time: 7:00pm start. Guests to arrive by 6.45pm
Venue: Gloucester Room in Ilford Central Library, Ilford
Entry Fee: £2.00 per person
Refreshment: A simple Indian Dinner

Hope to see you all there
Thanks

21.4.13

Competition!!! Review 'Kite Spirit' and meet the author


'Kite Spirit' is the latest Teen book by Sita Brahmachari author of award winning 'Artichoke Heart'. Sita is also a guest author at VAANI's Culture Night on 1st June 2013. If you are reading group, or a school interested to participate, please read on.

About Kite Spirit

During the summer of her GCSEs Kite's world falls apart. Her best friend, Dawn, commits suicide after a long struggle with feeling under pressure to achieve. Kite's dad takes her to the Lake District, to give her time and space to grieve. In London Kite is a confident girl, at home in the noisy, bustling city, but in the countryside she feels vulnerable and disorientated. Kite senses Dawn's spirit around her and is consumed by powerful, confusing emotions - anger, guilt, sadness and frustration, all of which are locked inside. It's not until she meets local boy, Garth, that Kite begins to open up - talking to a stranger is easier somehow. Kite deeply misses her friend and would do anything to speak to Dawn just once more, to understand why . . . Otherwise how can she ever say goodbye?
A potent story about grief, friendship, acceptance and making your heart whole again.

About the Author

Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita lives and works in North London with her husband, three children and a temperamental cat.
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