I found the Kingdom Project launch vital and stimulating full of great music and events performed by outstanding musicians, artists and DJs with something to say.
The range and mix of music was inspiring and covered so many genres and cultures including the UK, India, Africa Caribbean and the Middle East.
It was a great mix of roots music and contemporary dance floor crackers. I really enjoyed ancient and classical instruments like the sitar and Uilleann pipe riding cutting edge rhythms. The use of unusual spaces – even clothes shops – to host the eclectic program was inspired and added even more depth and texture to the Kingdom Project. The artists programmed told great stories through their performances. The Kingdom Project is set in Hay, which is renowned for the written word. I am looking forward to introducing the instruments from African oral traditions to this literary town, which is twinned with Timbuktu, Mali’s ancient seat of learning to create a space for new musical stories”
Don Letts – Musician, Film maker, Writer, BBCR6 presenter
Kingdom curator of Film & Music Projects