RICH MIX: Access All Areas - Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes are the leading poetry and spoken word organisation in the country, and have been producing engaging and transformative work since they were established in 1982. Alongside producing, curating and commissioning their way to the top, they regularly do outreach work with marginalised and at-risk communities, and nurture and support spoken word artists – including a few big names you’ll recognise. They are also the talent behind regular Rich Mix event 'Jawdance', which continues to grow in size and popularity with each show. Artistic Director Lisa Mead tells us more about the organisation, and what’s next for Apples and Snakes…

In your own words…who are you, and how would you describe you work?

Apples and Snakes is a leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word. We host an awesome monthly night at Rich Mix called 'Jawdance', a mix of open-mic, music and fantastic poets.

What’s your favourite part of working at Rich Mix?

I love that Jawdance is always full with a mix of people who have never come to the event before and regular attenders, its normally about 50/50 split.  Every month is different, as you never know what the open mic will bring but the atmosphere is always supportive and fun. We love Dennis, Rich Mix technician, who has been working on Jawdance for a while now and has become our resident DJ – he and Yomi, our resident host have a brilliant rapport which just makes the event totally rock.

What was your favourite song of 2016 and why?

Not really a favourite song but have loved the band Lester Clayton who we have programmed at a couple of events and hope to bring to Jawdance in 2017!

What was your favourite film of 2016 and why?

I have two small children so getting to the cinema is like the Holy Grail!!

What was your highlight of 2016?

That’s hard as I have been to many brilliant events this year, so to choose one is tough! I would probably have to say The Last Poets at Ronnie Scotts, any event that ends with a standing ovation and the guys getting the props they deserve for their role in pushing spoken word as a voice for political and social comment and change has to be worth a mention.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

More Jawdance! The culmination of our project 'Stepney Words' as part of Rich Mix’s 10 year anniversary programme and the events and projects we are cooking up for our 35 year celebration…and lets face it 2016 has been a pretty dire year so be nice to see the back of it!

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