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Newcastle-based Skimstone Arts, who lead the charge for inclusive arts practice and social action in the region, have put together an intergenerational and international line-up for their online UNITY festival which runs from Friday 5th-Sunday 7th March.

Comprising of free online live music, storytelling and workshops, an array of talent will take part. Friday night hosts Claire Webster Saaremets and Kema Sikazwe (aka rapper Kema Kay) will launch the festival on their very own internet radio station, where audiences can hear more about what’s coming up over the weekend. Newcastle rapper Kay Greyson will bring her fusion of modern hip-hop to the main stage as Saturday’s night headliner and on Sunday night, British Nigerian jazz-folk-soul singer-songwriter and guitarist Bumi Thomas takes on headline duties.

The music ‘tent’ is also the place to be for learning new skills. Try out everything from family friendly rhythm workshops with David Stickman Higgins and a special songwriting workshop with

Skimstone Arts’ musicians Liz Corney and Quinn Green, to learning the art of African dance

techniques with Nii Kwarty Owoo. There’s even the opportunity to work with rapper Kema Sikazwe and aspiring young performer Daniel to get a taste for freestyle rap or to join in a live virtual sing-a-long with Bethany Elen Coyle. In the Chill Out space, festival goers can be immersed in shared stories, nature and fantasy.

UNITY Festival events take place via Zoom. Visit the Skimstone Arts website for details on how to join

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