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ExCeL 2018 Summer arts camp

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Ape runs a creative arts camp every summer at the ExCeL centre for local young people in East London..

Here are the highlights from our 2018 camp..

So, to recap.. ExCeL In The Arts 2018 is a Newham borough 5 days arts summer camp for 10-16 year olds produced and created by Ape Media and funded by Headstart Newham in partnership with CG, ExCeL London, BigGIVE & MoPAC.


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BlackWoman showcased the best of four emerging designers and 20 models on 23rd June 2018 with Catwalk Shows, Human Rights Presentations, and Cultural Debates. In September 2018, during London Fashion Week, there will be Catwalk Shows with an addition of a Natural Skin Care Product market place, with a Designer Showroom organised throughout the day for potential buyers to talk directly with designers.


BlackWoman 2018 – The Inauguration

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

BlackWoman shows are a glossy, crowd-pulling experience where young, edgy designers showcase their next-generation cool with art-world style presentations rather than classic catwalk shows.

BlackWoman was an original idea by Shane Campbell, concept further developed by Trevor Blackman (Ape Media), and is a fashion experience dedicated to celebrating the beauty and creative talent of African and Caribbean women living in London. Read More

#Newham Rising

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Youth Violence in London is on the rise:-

  • Gun and knife crime rose 42 per cent and 24 per cent respectively in 2017 from the previous year.
  • 50 per cent of London’s kids apparently know somebody who carries a knife
  • The “peak age” for carrying knives is getting younger, now between 13 and 17 years old

Over 15 weeks, twenty young people expressed their views through Music Production & Drama courses about the issue of Knife Crime. How did it affect – Them | Their Families | Their Communities. Come and see their stories.

“What young people see is youth centres closing down, benefits being cut and their families struggling. To them it seems like the Government cares more about those who have money. When young people constantly see adults who don’t care about them, who don’t look out for them, they start to rebel.”
Trevor Blackman, Founder, Ape Media


Course Details

So we start back at Ape Media in partnership with Academy Achievers, with support from Eclectic Clique, on Tuesday 3rd July. 


This will be a 15 week programme over the summer and September for young people at risk of getting caught in crime:

#NewhamRising (2nd Edition) Programme will offer the following Creative and Personal Development workshops:-

  1. Film Workshops,
  2. Music Vocal & Production. Marketing & Business
  3. Mentoring
  4. Basic Skills (Literacy and Numeracy)
  5. Digital Literacy

Located in our Stratford studios. 

  • July: every Tuesday & Thursday – 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • August: During the day and some evenings. Times yet to be confirmed
  • Sept: every Tuesday & Thursday – 5.30pm – 8.30pm (later with the showcase). Performace night is 20th Sept.


The Music Programme

It includes:

  1. The Overview – To give young people  an introduction to key facts & stats, You need if you are in the music industry, Revenue streams, Music business services and Live music promotions. Also start to think about products they may want to release and perform.
  2. Record Labels – To look into the area of record labels large and small and the self-releasing artist. Also start preparation for marketable product.
  3. Gathering Income – To share the many different ways of generating income in the music business sector. Also start preparation for marketable product.
  4. Artist Management – To explore the art of management. There will be a guest artists in on this day… Possibly Sir Spyro again to talk on management and agencies / shorter production time
  5. The Live Side – To learn about the live side of music business. Work on product to perform and market.
  6. Air Play – To investigate how radio is still one of the most important media platforms. Work on product to perform and market.
  7. Digital Marketing & Social Media – How is this now the most important tool in music business. Work on product to perform and market.
  8. The End of The Beginning – To discover what each learner has gained from the course. Work on product to perform and market (live and for a short film).

Sessions 9 – 12 working on the final performance and music for short film.

(NB: Depending on commitment REDDOT will arrange for a trip to possibly go to red bull studios or MTV.)

Industry support comes from Sharky Major | Producer/DJ Spyro | Millie Mayor | Producer Jae5 | DJ Logan Sama  with Jonathan Butler from REDDOT Records running the music side programme.


More information, or if you’d like to contribute to our work:

Trevor Blackman –             Carol Berry –



Notes to Editors:

Masterclasses – The courses are enhanced with ‘Masterclasses’ from industry experts in music and theatre/TV, who are invited to share insider tips and assist with the young people’s progress. Ape Media invites producers, songwriters, artists, TV/film directors and other professionals to impart their knowledge, offer words of support and provide practical demonstrations to enhance the growth and aspirations of each young person.

Literacy, Numeracy and IT – In addition to the weekly courses in drama and music production, the young people will be invited to booster sessions in literacy, numeracy and IT lessons. They’ll be able to complete homework assignments, work on personal projects and develop their confidence in these areas.

Finale Event – The finale event ‘Our Thoughts, Our Feelings, Our Perspective’ will take a place on  20th September and will be a showcase of the works produced by the young people on anti-knife crime. It will be a great opportunity to hear and see the work they have developed. There will be an artist Q&A and performances on the night.

Outcomes: To develop skills, knowledge and experience in the creative arts, to build confidence and self esteem with actions and decision making, and to have a voice that is listened to.

The Home Office#NewhamRising  has been an early intervention programme (funded by the Home Office)  that has provided creative workshops in music and drama to 20 young people aged 11-21 year old at risk of becoming involved with knife crime.


Your Beats Your Words Project

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Latest project Ape Media is working on.

Your Beats Your Words – 8 week creative writing and music production courses.

Stratford and Manor Park – Newham

It happens in a darkened room. Then on a spotlit stage. A song unleashes its power and who knows where it’ll go? Songs fuel desire, inspire hope, break hearts, rock worlds, unite people, shake booties, turn blahs into AfroBeats, and sometimes make us feel as good as Rude Kid or Beyonce.

All in a mere few minutes. Join the Creative Song Writer course and over 8 weeks you will learn the time-tested elements of songwriting craft and then how to perform your work to a live audience at our new venue – Lounge 37 (Stratford).

Industry professional will also deliver master classes. Whether you like pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, or country, we’ll show you how to write songs that soar. When you know how to express yourself well with ‘Your Words’, you’ve got a special power.

Yours Beats (Music Production/Marketing and Digital Promotion):
Inc. Industry professionals master classes supported by BBC 1xtra | JOAT | Ghetts | New Money Recordings

Beginner or Advanced

Our industry renowned team of musicians and engineers we teach you how to create and mix it like Damon Dash and Naughty Boy! Working with our music professionals who have produced dubstep remixes of chart artists such as Ellie Goulding & T Mulla! Over 8 weeks this course will teach you about the Structure & Arrangement of your own music. You come up with the ideas and, we will teach you the Sound Design and help you with the Production.

Advanced Course

This course for you – if you have already been told – you have something special as a music artists. If you feel you have ‘it”, we will provide you with the knowledge, technique and style to progress to the next level. Those attending the advanced course will also learn how to execute a successful digital promotion campaign and perform their work as part the BIG MUSIC PROJECT at various venues across East London including our new venue – Lounge 37 (Stratford).

So you can create, perform and sell ’ Your Beats’!

During key holiday periods (Easter and Summer), one- week (5 day) intensive programmes of the Music and Creative Writing courses will be run for 10-16yr olds, of all abilities.

During the summer of 2017, these programmes will be run at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre (Custom House), as part of a special summer arts camp and showcase with the addition of specialist workshops around music performance and event management.

That Was Peter Crowe

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Peter Crowe’s life is not going well: his wife is divorcing him, he doesn’t see his daughter enough and to top it off, he’s about to lose his job. An interview with feared journalist Anna Moss is his only chance at swinging opinion back in his favour and keeping his career on track. But Peter’s down-to-earth nature is at odds with the carefully scripted rhetoric his advisor Tabiya has prepared for him. Can he bite his tongue long enough to keep his job or will his temper get the better of him?

Written & Produced by Richard Caves & Marcos Avlonitis

(Please note that this is a pre-release version.)