Between March and August 2022, eight young artists and organisers from Uganda, Malaysia, the British Virgin Islands, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago and the UK were given no-strings-attached grants by Birmingham-based Beatfreeks, to continue and deepen their work.

As We Speak tells the story of these inspiring young artists, with a documentary, live performances and a space to discuss this unique model of supporting artists. Call it trust-based support, call it a documentary, call it a global experiment in shared experience and purpose. Whatever you call it, it’s happening as we speak.

Join Beatfreeks for their upcoming online panel discussions: 

WED 20th JULY 10.30AM:

  • Spoken word collective Projects Prodets from Chennai, India
  • Visual artist Sakshi Kumar from Karachi, Pakistan
  • Poet, storyteller and activist Adjei Sun from Birmingham, UK
  • Dancer and educator The Urbansong from Kigali, Rwanda


  • Poet and author Anika Christopher from Roadtown, BVI
  • Artist, producer and film-maker Mohd Jayzuan from Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Multi-discipliniary artist Javaughn Forde from Trinidad & Tobago
  • Musician Rap Poet from Kampala, Uganda

Both sessions will be hosted by Beatfreeks' very own Ella Brandt.

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Generously supported by the British Council, Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.