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Indian Soldiers in Brighton & Hove in WWI talk- Shoreham Wordfest

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This evening!
An event to celebrate Black History Month
Presented by Creative Director of Strike a Light- Arts & Heritage Nicola Benge about the period of history around Indian Soldiers at Brighton Pavilion in WWI and also in conversation with author and teacher Umi Sinha, who will read and discuss extracts from her novel, ‘Belonging’.
This will be followed by a live Q+A with speakers.
Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives, but history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices.
This hour-long illustrated talk (from both fact and fiction perspectives) explores how the presence of Indian Soldiers hospitalised at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton between 1915- 1916 impacted on the city and the soldiers themselves during the First World War and beyond.
Monday 8th October 7.30pm at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.
Tickets available for £6: https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/indian-soldiers-in-ww1-nicola-benge/
This event is part of Shoreham Wordfest

Dr Blighty Educational Toolkit

20170421_120846[1]We went off to the launch yesterday at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton of the Dr Blighty project Educational Learning Toolkit we created for the London based organisation Nutkhut in 2016 and 2017.
We were pleased to see this newly finished learning toolkit which is available for Brighton and Hove schools (Key stages 2 & 3) to learn more about the history of Indian Soldiers in the city during WWI.

Dr Blighty – Brighton activities

Strike a Light has just finished the schools and activity delivery of the Dr Blighty project for Nutkhut after a hectic six weeks in Brighton and Hove! Last we we rounded things up with a trip to the Royal Pavilion with curator Kevin Bacon who gave the Brighton and Hove Home Education Group pupils a talk about Indian Soldiers in the city during World War I.
Following this, we ran a day of creative activities along the theme of Dr Blighty at Jubilee Library which was a drop in for families and children. We hung up saris, played Diwali and Bollywood music and had help from two artists who worked with participants to create Rangoli mandalas, Indian posters and Kandil lanterns. We had 75 children in sessions, so it was a hectic but lovely day.
We are now concentrating on creating a Key Stage 2 and 3 Education Pack about the theme and which once it’s completed in January 2017, will then go out to all city schools for use in the future and promote the BME history of WWI in the city.
You can see some of the event images below.

Free Creative Workshops for Families – Jubilee Library

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Join us for FREE creative family activities at Jubilee Library, Brighton this November.
(Part of Nutkhut’s celebrated Dr Blighty project).
Drop in activities, no need to book!
11am-4.30pm Sunday 27th November
Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
Free workshops and activities run by professional artists include:
* Make colourful Kandil lanterns – 11am – 4.30pm
* Design and create an Indian themed poster – 1.30 – 4.30pm
* Listen to Indian music
Part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project – Find out more about Indian soldiers at the Pavilion in WWI; make a poster, or Kandil lanterns, try Indian themed crafts, find out more about Brighton & Hove’s local memories & more.
Activities free and suitable for children ages 5 and upwards
Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut as part of the celebrated Dr Blighty project exploring Indian soldiers in Brighton during WWI.
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Free Dr Blighty Schools workshops and events


Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running a series of free educational workshops in Brighton and Hove as part of the Dr Blighty project in October and November 2016.
We are currently scheduling our activities and a variety of workshops for both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the city, as well as a variety of free outings too. We can currently offer the following activities, and are happy to come to your school more than once for a different workshop too if you would prefer.
Our Brighton and Hove based organisation Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage (www.cloud8.uk/new/) is pleased to be delivering these activities on behalf of the company Nukhut for the duration of the project.

Activities booking form here:
Schools information here:

If your school or educational provider would be interested in accessing free activities do please contact us: strikealight@rocketmail.comWorkshops offered:
Key Stage 2:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Key Stage 3:
Diwali creative workshop
Clay diyas workshop
Kandil paper lanterns
Indian Soldiers – Design a memorial
Indian Soldiers – Make a Recruitment poster
Postcards or Letters Home – WWI
Soldier biographies  – WWI
Dr Blighty Free Outings:
Free Half Term Diwali event day – 10am-4pm Friday 28th October, Open Market, Brighton – Come along and make Diwali lanterns, clay diya lights, listen to Indian music, have henna tatoos, and more (age 5 upwards)
Outings to Royal Pavilion, and Indian Soldiers exhibition, Brighton – Week days in November, dates to suit schools 1-1.5 hours duration (or with added talk for longer session) (Key stage 2 and 3)
The Battle of the Somme film showing – Tuesday 8th November 10.30-12.30pm (ages 12 upwards)
Testament of Youth Film Showing – 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd November at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. (ages 11 upwards).
This is a special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth, a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain. The screening will also host a speaker to give historical context, as well as free popcorn and drinks for viewers.
This screening is aimed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Brighton and Hove at Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms, Colleges and also alternative educational groups, such as Home Education Networks. Ages 11 upwards.
To book a class on this event, find out more here: http://bit.ly/2codJzN

Dr Blighty seeks young voices for a recording

poster1Dr Blighty is a big show in May in Brighton Festival, it will  take place in Pavilion Gardens and tells the story of the days when the Pavilion and Dome served as a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers during  WW1.
Part of the show will involve a number of voices reading the letters which the soldiers sent home to their families.  You will be able to hear these on sound equipment hidden in the trees etc – the whispers of the past……………
We are looking for  4 or 5 young people aged between 8 and 14  who would be able to come to the Royal Pavilion for a recording session in March.  The recordings will then be taken away and edited for May so this is a one off engagement!
Details as follows: Thursday March 10th . Meet in Brighton Dome Foyer Bar, Church Street 4.30 pm for an introduction to the project followed by a recording session which  will take place in the Royal Pavilion Music Room from 6pm – 7.30 (latest)
Licensed  chaperones are available but Parents can accompany their children at all times including entrance to the Royal Pavilion.
Refreshments and travel expenses will be provided.
Anyone interested in taking part will be sent letters  to practise reading  –nobody is expected to learn their scripts!
Please contact: Pauline Freestone at drblighty@nutkhut.co.uk  with the name and age of your child and an email contact.

DR BLIGHTY – Indian soldiers in Brighton


downloadStrike a Light is pleased to announce joining a new collaboration for Brighton Festival with lead companyNutkhut.
The ambitious, large-scale, immersive outdoor experience Dr Blighty recalls Brighton’s WWI wartime history, bringing the experiences of Indian soldiers – and the locals who came to care for them – movingly back to life via an immersive walk-through installation across the Royal Pavilion Estate.
Inspired by letters the soldiers sent back home to India, the event will seek to capture the essence of the hospital and those who recuperated here. Strike a Light will be delivering the community outreach section of this project between March and May.
More than a million men travelled from India to fight for the Allies during the First World War, their collective experiences constituting one of military history’s great untold stories. Between 1914 and 1916, over 2000 Indian soldiers wounded on the Western Front would be brought to a temporary hospital housed in Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.
Strike a Light will be engaging with community groups across the city to promote the project, research this period of history and gather information, meet with key WWI projects includingGateways to WWI and East Sussex in WWI, set up free creative and heritage activities with groups such as the Black and Minority Ethnic Elders, alongside Indian themed activities with artist Jane Lyster, setting up public talks with Co-Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut, and attend Dhavinder Dhillon’s plaque unveiling, which honours Subedar Mir Dast, a Indian soldier who received the Victoria Cross, at the Indian Gate by the Royal Pavilion.
To join in with the programme of activities, see here.
Nutkhut says: ‘Thousands of letters were written from the Western Front back home to wives, mothers, daughters and sisters, and it’s the emotion within these letters that Dr Blighty is trying to bring into the public domain. They, alongside the propaganda and the censorship, give us an insight into the lives of these young men, and give these many anonymous soldiers a voice. The project will essentially tell a 100-year-old story, and make it a contemporary one for new audiences.’
See a short film about the project here: https://vimeo.com/152312685
We are pleased to be able to deliver a community strand to this new project and happy to engage with Nutkhut, a world class creative organisation to work on this commission in Brighton this spring.
To find out more, and how to participate, please contact Strike a Light by email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538

Are you free to record your voice at the Royal Pavilion for a new project?

downloadThe Dr Blighty project team will be holding some voice recordings in the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion on the evening of Thursday 10 March (5.30pm – 10.30pm) and are looking for some older voices to record as part of this.
It would also mean free entry to this part of the Pavilion during that time, in the beautiful Music Room.
Those being recorded wouldn’t need to be present the whole time (unless you wanted to be) but would be needed for about half an hour each. These recordings will be part of the Dr Blighty theatre performance as a recording on the following dates:
 24 – 29 May 2016
Brighton Festival
Royal Pavilion Garden
Brighton BN1 1EE
You can see more about this free performance here: http://www.nutkhut.co.uk/projects/dance-and-performance/dr-blighty
If you’d like to be involved, please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com