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About Us

2Funky Arts (2FA) is a social enterprise, established in 2006. We deliver creative learning programmes, as well as issue-based projects. 2FA facilitates the development of skills and explores social issues; working regularly with disadvantaged communities. We engage thousands of people each year, focused on music, arts and culture of black origin.


Our Projects

·        Accredited Youth Music funded projects such as 2Sing, ProjectBAND, and The Grime Sessions, where young people have enhanced their music-making skills alongside personal and social development.

·        Festival2Funky; our annual festival at 2Funky Music Café, celebrating urban arts (funded by Arts Council), which has featured YolanDa Brown, Akua Naru, Rodney P, DJSS and many others.

·        Volunteer training, including events management projects, funded by sources such as Awards for All and Youth Social Fund.

·        Artist development programmes, such as Project LIVE (with MusicalDirector Carol Leeming FRSA), funded by Arts Council England.

·        Heritage Lottery funded programmes, exploring the history of Leicester’s black music scene, such as Spectrum Leicester (http://spectrumleicester.co.uk) an acclaimed documentary film. 

We also work with 2Funky Music Café (host of many of our events and projects) and leading urban internet music station www.radio2funky.co.uk.

 


Staff

Vijay Mistry

Vijay Mistry is the founder and Director of 2Funky Arts. He also runs 2Funky Music Café in Leicester, which has hosted Julian Marley, The Sugar Hill Gang and Botown among many others. From 1997-2012, he ran 2Funky Records; a leading urban music store that served DJ’s from 1Xtra and Kiss FM and had an international customer base. During that time, he also ran his own record labels (including Café De Soul), which released critically acclaimed compilations. Vijay is a board member of The Spark Arts for Children, Chair of Baby People and an urban music enthusiast. 


Rebecca Wooster

Rebecca is our fundraising, marketing, evaluation and development consultant and has been with us since 2007. She has previously worked for Leicester Comedy Festival, The Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Mantle Arts and Phoenix Arts, managing projects and events. Alongside Vijay, she has played a leading role in developing many of 2Funky Arts’ projects, including the Heritage Lottery funded Spectrum documentary.


Dimple Patel

Dimple is an arts and media producer. She specialises in audio storytelling, with a background in BBC radio production, broadcast journalism and developing social action broadcast campaigns. Dimple has worked extensively with diverse and marginalised communities, using digital media as a platform for unheard voices. Her work has been showcased in a number of exhibitions, most recently at Southbank Centre, London. Dimple joined us as Station Manager of Radio2Funky Black History Month RSL in 2015 and works with us as an Associate on many of our projects, leading on Radio2Funky FM.   





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