bADU CREATIVES

Connect to the transformative power of the arts through BADU. We are committed to supporting creatives between the ages of 11- 35. Whether you’re already an established creative – poet, novelist, playwright, musician, filmmaker etc., or just starting out, we provide a range of projects across a range of creative disciplines for you to get involved in. Our programmes will enhance your skills, networks and confidence to progress in today’s creative industries. When you become a BADU Creative, that means you always have access to advice and  a growing network as you develop your craft.

We aim to make our programmes accessible to those underserved in the arts due to their age, ability, ethnicity, social circumstance, or economic status. We have intentionally created spaces for the authentic narratives of our local communities to be showcased. We will enhance the skills of our creatives by developing their creative practice, through peer critique, masterclasses, mentoring and artist residencies. We support our creatives to create, collaborate and connect with others.

Explore our creative programmes and events.

SUMMER
YOUTH
POETRY
PROGRAMME

The Badu Summer Youth Poetry programme is open to anyone between the ages of 13 – 19 who is committed to pursuing a career in writing and wants to develop their practice. This programme is for you whether you’re already an established artist or just starting out, providing a unique opportunity which offers poets writing development masterclasses, literary networking, performance and facilitation opportunities, as well as peer support and guidance around building and maintaining a career in the literary industry.

Programme fees: £5 fee for the programme’s membership.
Programme facilitators: Rachel Long, Tolu Agbelusi, Cecilia Knapp and Courtney Conrad.

Workshop dates: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 21st, 31stAugust 2023
Times: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Badu Café

There will be a Summer Youth Poetry Showcase on 31st August 2023 from 6pm – 8pm.

The Badu Emerging Writers Programme is open to anyone between the ages 18 – 35 who is committed to pursuing a career in writing and wants to develop their practice.

This programme is for you whether you’re already an established artist or just starting out, providing a unique opportunity which offers poets writing development masterclasses, literary networking, performance and facilitation opportunities. As well as peer support and guidance around building and maintaining a career in the literary industry.

Programme fees:

There is a £75 fee for the writer’s one year membership on the programme. Bursaries are available to members of the cohort who need support to participate in the programme – this may include travel costs, childcare or any other access needs. This will be allocated on a case by case basis, based on proof of need.

Dates to be released soon.

EMERGING WRITERS PROGRAMME

OPEN
MIC

Join us for East London’s new spoken word night! Every third Monday of each month, starting Summer 2023 at the Badu Café, Unit 09 Hackney Bridge. E15 2SJ.

Wish to share your own work? Sign up on the night from 7pm to 7:30pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw! 10 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random – what have you got to lose?

Dates to be released soon.

The Badu Emerging Musicians Programme is open to anyone between the ages 18 – 35 who is committed to pursuing a career in writing and wants to develop their practice.

This programme is for you whether you’re already an established artist or just starting out, providing a unique opportunity which offers musicians development masterclasses, networking, performance and facilitation opportunities. As well as peer support and guidance around building and maintaining a career in the music industry

Programme fees:

There is a £75 fee for the writer’s one year membership on the programme. Bursaries are available to members of the cohort who need support to participate in the programme – this may include travel costs, childcare or any other access needs. This will be allocated on a case by case basis, based on proof of need.

Dates to be released soon.

EMERGING MUSICIANS PROGRAMME