MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season
(28thSeptember - 4th November)
A season of wide ranging cultural and educational events to take place in the lead-up to the MOBO Awards.
Every act who has ever been nominated or won a MOBO Award has a story to tell. Now, it’s time to tell more inspirational stories beyond the realm of music and pave the way for the next generation. As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the next chapter of MOBO will look to celebrate and support those driven individuals, whatever their chosen path in the creative arts may be.
So, after two decades of influencing generations of musical artists to aspire to greatness, MOBO has today announced the launch of MOBO Season – a season of ground-breaking cultural and educational events. In the lead up to the 2015 MOBO Awards and under the banner of ‘Rise With Us’, the MOBO Season aims to celebrate black culture as well as established and future talent from across the creative arts.
MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season is jam-packed with an incredible range of events all hand-picked by MOBO from across the creative industries of film, theatre, fashion and art. From a ‘Late at Tate’ event, to the homegrown critically acclaimed cast of ‘The Etienne Sisters’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the exploration of the golden era of sound systems at the exhibition ‘Rockers, Soulheads & Lovers: Sound Systems Back in Da Day’, at the new Art Exchange in Nottingham, MOBO has curated a programme of the highest quality.
A cornerstone of the MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season is a series of curated films within the London Film Festival, including a renovated version of the celebrated Senegalese cinema of ‘Black Girl’ (1966), Hany Abu-Assad’s Palestinian drama film ‘The Idol’ will also be featured as part of ‘MOBO Film’ along with this year’s topical story of desperate refugees ‘Mediterranea’. Also celebrated will be timely Brit documentary ‘The Hard Stop’, which explores the life and death of Mark Duggan and the riots that followed, as well as ‘Fresh Dressed’, a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop and urban fashion, featuring the likes of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. The selection of these diverse films showcases the fresh talent and established names that MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ will celebrate within the entertainment and artistic genre.
In addition to the abundance of artistic offerings, the MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season delivers, there are a number of educational events, including the PRS For Music Panel session for budding music entrepreneurs, The Labels Fashion show highlighting the next generation of designers and ‘Rise With Us’ talks held at the British Library featuring successful entrepreneurs sharing their inspirational stories.
The Season of events will also be underpinned by the MOBO fellowship initiative which will create opportunities for future generations of talent across the creative industries. The MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Fellowship initiative partners include ITV, Saatchi & Saatchi, Warehouse, the London Theatre, Lida, OMD UK, PRS for Music, The Tate, and AMV BBDO. Each partner has shared MOBO’s vision to support and inspire by creating opportunities within the creative industry or bespoke educational programmes to help develop the next generation.
Kanya King MBE, CEO & founder of the MOBO Organisation said; "We are delighted to be launching this exciting season of initiatives and proud to have the support of so many great organisations such as the CIF, ITV, BFI, Warehouse, The National Theatre, CCSkills, the London College of Fashion and the British Library among many others. The Creative Industries Federation report highlighted how much can be done to address the lack of diversity across the industry and the exciting season and the amazing opportunities created by the fellowships are evidence that the industry is ready to join hands and make positive contributions".
The MOBO Season is a collaborative effort to unite the creative industries together. Therefore, we must say a big thank you to the culural institutions and other organisations participating in the MOBO ‘Rise With Us’ Season. They include: ITV, BBC, British Film Institute, The British Library, The Hospital Club, Warehouse, AMV BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, PRS for Music Foundation, Arena Media, CC Skills, The Tate, London Theatre Consortium, Lida, OMD UK, Bell Pottinger, Freud’s with more organisations following suit.