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LEGACY- A season of free lyrical and literature events, rooted in African and Caribbean culture.


November 2016

LEGACY- A season of free lyrical and literature events, rooted in African and Caribbean culture.

Lyrici Arts and Medway Council are excited to announce that they have been awarded a £35,776 grant for the arts libraries fund from Arts Council England to run a project called Legacy in 2017. Legacy is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Legacy Project will stage a totally free season of Black Minority Ethnic Lyrical Theatre and Literature events in local Medway library buildings from January to October 2017. Community events include adult talks, poetry, music of black origin, storytelling and craft workshops for families, theatre, dance, and networking events.

Medway Council’s Library Services were previously awarded £49,846 in 2015 to run 23 Submarines, which served to engage the community and created recognition for library services. The library service strives to continue working with new and diverse arts partners to widen arts participation through the library services, to enrich people’s experience of visiting the library and enliven reading choices.

Kent based Lyrici Arts was founded earlier this year as a not-for-profit limited company working in partnership with local organisations and authorities to address diversity inclusion via arts programming. They present ongoing festivals and community events with added artist development support.  In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and the Collaborative Touring Network, Lyrici Arts produced the first season of their bi-annual arts and theatre festival, Paint the Town, in September 2016, with the next festival scheduled for April 2017.  The company also has a focus on Black Minority Ethnic (BME) works. The BME Legacy project aims to provide specialised culturally diverse information outside of Black History Month for new and existing library audiences and visitors.

Founder of Lyrici Arts, Keely Augustus, said ‘I have lived in Medway all of my life and this is a lovely opportunity to work with BME artists in my home town. The project aims to increase interest, respect and recognition for work by artists and organisations from the African and Caribbean sector; help to empower British-based African and Caribbean artists and residents in Medway, share cultural stories with the wider community, explore and celebrate diverse and rich cultural heritage; and encourage library users to diversify their reading choices by exploring new subjects, different types of authors and new genres. The arts are a powerful tool to share knowledge and it’s a delight to work with Medway Libraries and Arts Development Team on these shared aims.’

“Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries are setting out on a fantastic project to bring great art and culture to everyone in Medway. It is a new programme of work for Lyrici Arts which is building a reputation in Kent for its support of Black and minority ethnic lyrical work and artists at different career stages. Libraries continue to find new ways to serve and enhance their communities with projects like ‘Legacy’, working in partnership with arts organisations.” Peter Heslip, Arts Council England, Director of Visual Arts in the South East

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “We a very grateful to receive this funding from Arts Council England and I look forward to seeing the Legacy project evolve as a result. Medway Libraries and Medway Council Arts Development Team will be working closely with Lyrici Arts to deliver an exciting programme of cultural events, and I hope local people and those from further afield will enjoy the free activities on offer.” Cllr Howard Doe.

All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. BSL supported events are available and disabled artists are welcome to take part in dance events. For more information on access supported events please visit or the events page here.



Lyrici Arts is a Kent based organisation (not-for-profit limited company) which works in partnership with local organisations and authorities to address diversity inclusion via arts programming. 

They present ongoing festivals and community events for Medway with added artist development support. Lyrici Arts were awarded a regional place within the Battersea Arts Collaborative Touring Network in April 2016, enabling them to be a National festival partner until 2019 and help to address general diversity and arts inclusion aims, through the festival ‘Paint The Town’ within the Medway Towns.

The company also has a focus on Black Minority Ethnic (BME) works. A wide range of BME lyrical arts activities are also programmed into the wider Kent community, including theatre shows, music and spoken word events, panel discussions, workshops and cultural events specific to BME holiday celebrations. All activity is underpinned in consultation and evaluation.


Medway Libraries have 16 buildings, each offering free, accessible, welcoming social space for the public to engage in a wide range of arts related events; including author talks, the popular Wigmore Lecture programme, reading groups and craft, music and movement activities.

They have a ten-year history of delivering quality work with support from colleagues in the council’s Arts Development Team, through which they have been introduced to numerous local artists and expanded their cultural offer to include poetry, circus, theatre and musical events such as the English Touring Opera performance of Laika the Spacedog.


Medway Council Arts Development Team is based at The Brook Theatre in Chatham and organizes, supports and enables a range of exciting and inspiring projects, events and activities throughout Medway for people of all ages.

Their aim is to nurture creative talent and provide inspiring and innovative arts and cultural engagement experiences to enrich the lives of Medway's residents and visitors.


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £630 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.






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