Porridge & Knowledge: David Babbs | Craig Shaw | Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Doors Open 9:45 to 13:00 @ St Mark's

£4-£15 online

Porridge & Knowledge Workshops & Talks

Porridge and Knowledge

Nestled in a quiet enclave in the heart of East London, Porridge & Knowledge is the Saturday morning breakfast club that brings world-shaping speakers and spirited musicians to your breakfast table.

Founder and CEO of 38Degrees David Babbs

David works with other groups, charities and individuals to build our people powered movement. Sometimes he talks about our campaigns on the TV and radio. David makes sure that our campaigns are led by our members and achieve real impact.

David has been obsessed with people power ever since the Iraq war in 2003. He went on the big march against the war, and hated it when the people who’d told him it wouldn’t make a difference were proved right. He’s been interested in ways of making people power count more ever since.

David grew up in Leicester, and now lives in East London. Outside work, he volunteers on a community project near where he lives and likes cycling, gardening and cooking.

Craig Shaw

Core Arts

Craig Spread His Musical Wings into the local community And Co-Founded And Became A Musical Director Of Fujam Ltd. An Urban Music Project Running Music Work-Shops With Socially Excluded Young People And In Young Offenders Prisons.

This was also during the time he has spent with Core Arts as a freelance music facilitator. A music & arts based charity based in East London using Music and the Arts as way and means of helping people and artists who have endured severe and on going Mental Health issues. Craig will be discussing the benefits and healing nature of music and how it helps people in their lives.

Core Arts has 25 years experience in providing best practice and best value in Mental Health Creative Day Care in London. Based in Hackney, it promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. Providing quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfill their potential and participate fully in their community. Their mission is to support and promote recovery, social inclusion and mental wellbeing through the arts and enhance service user experience.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and contemporary music cannot successfully co-exist. Graduating with a first from the Laban School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, she has toured with Anoushka Shankar, Courtney Pine, recorded with Akala and composed for the London Symphony Orchestra.  The twist is her winning the acclaimed amateur night at the Apollo in Harlem, gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra.  Able to straddle both worlds effortlessly because of her musical prowess, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello. She is the definition of eclectic soul.


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David Babbs

Core Arts

Craig Shaw

Ayanna Witten-Johnson

Venue Info:
St Mark’s

St Mark’s Church, St Marks Rise
Colvestone Crescent, Dalston, London E8 2LJ

Venue Notes:
Nearest stations are Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction on the Overground (both 10 minutes walk). The entrance to St Mark’s Church sits on Colverstone Crescent just east of St Mark’s Rise, postcode E8 2LJ.

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