Talkaoke is a pop up talk show that is has been gaining popularity in festivals, clubs, galleries, theatres, conferences and on the street. it consists of an illuminated round table with a host sitting in the middle on a swivel chair. Participants sit around the outside and are passed the microphone whenever they want to […]

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    Who Wants to Be...?

    Who Wants to Be…?

    Who Wants to Be…? is the ask-the audience game show, where the audience asks the questions, comes up with the answers, and sets the rules! Using two visualisation systems, some gameshow glitz and a visual voting system, a large audience can brainstorm, feedback, and generate the most incredible ideas together. In its simplest form each […]

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    One Night Grandstand

    One Night Grandstand

      One Night Grandstand: stadium for a night! One Night Grandstand infuses a normal kick-about with the excitement of a football stadium. Games have a live, amplified commentary, floodlighting and stadium style screens above the pitch, complete with sound effects, live motion graphics and action replays. Watch the One Night Grandstand promo video to see […]

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    The People Film

    The People Film

    Documentation is an always an overt and integral part of our events. We also have a long history of filming, photographing and editing performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops, from vox pops on the streets of Hornchurch to filming a 24 hour performance marathon at The Serpentine Gallery. Through our work on facilitation and Talkaoke, we […]

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    “Basically, it’s a film-making-conveyer-belt that squeezes the imagination out of anybody who comes along, mixes it with everybody else’s and puts it on video.” Segue – a developing experimental format from The People Speak. It has emerged from workshops we have done for our own creative growth and for others. We discovered a strong desire […]

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    The Slice is Right

    The Slice is Right

    The Slice is Right The Slice is Right is a generative game show that has emerged from many years of practice in exploring the how collective imagination informs our structures of group decision making. It stems from a desire to escape the political theory textbooks and practically compare and experience different methods of decision making […]

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    Talkaoke Skills Lab

    Talkaoke Skills Lab is a unique artist development opportunity piloting a new approach to intercultural dialogue, collaboration and skills exchange by bringing together in a virtual and hybrid space artists, creatives, cultural practitioners and change-makers from Uganda and the UK.

    The programme is provoked by a 1970s ‘social sculpture’ theory by the artist Joseph Beuys, who proposed that everything is art and that every aspect of life could be approached creatively. Beuys believed that everyone has the potential to be an artist and can shape their environment on a local and global scale. We ask: what does a creative and socially engaged practice mean within the global community, where technology plays an ever increasing role?

    Talkaoke Skills Lab builds on The People Speak 25 years experience of creating participant-led, emergent and interactive formats such as Talkaoke – a hybrid pop-up talk show and KQ’s experience of collaborative art and activism initiatives. We invite the project participants to explore new ways of future-proof, cross-border collaboration using technology, resulting in creating and piloting their own interactive hybrid format in London and Kampala.

    Talkaoke Skills Lab is supported by the British Council Cultural Exchange programme, which supports cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of SSA* and the UK to create art, build networks, collaborate and develop markets and share artists’ work with audiences.


    What to expect

    • 8 online sessions via Zoom using Talkaoke – pop-up talk show format, where we will cover: key points of The People Speak methodology, including: facilitation and creation of non-hierarchical spaces and participation structures, use of digital / hybrid technology; 
    • Participant-led discussions exploring current themes and issues; co-creation of interactive learning structure where participants decide on the skills they wish to develop and share; 
    • 1 public facing hybrid event co-created by the participants in two cities, taking place in venues in London and Kampala
    • Mentoring and individual support with artistic and professional development by The People Speak, KQ Hub and a wider network of creative collaborators 
    • Technical support in how to get the best out of online platforms


    Key dates

    Monday 6 December 2021  –  Programme and artist call out announcement
    January 13th 2022  –  Talkaoke Online – an information session for applicants
    Tuesday 1st February  –  Artist application deadline
    w/c 14th February  –  Interviews with shortlisted candidates
    w/c 28th February  –  Exact date TBC, Programme start, sessions every 2 weeks via Zoom
    July  –  Exact date TBC, Culmination event
    August 2022  –  Exact date TBC, Reflection session and follow up


    Who can apply

    The project is open to up to 20 artists of all disciplines [eg. writing, performance, visual arts, dance, making], art producers, cultural venue programmers and anyone who describes their practice as creative. You would have interest in or already existing socially engaged practice. We are most keen to hear from people aged 18-35 based in Uganda or the UK. If your age or location differs – it is still worth you getting in touch as we may be able to accommodate you. We welcome applicants with additional access needs and have allocated a budget to provide reasonable support to make it easy for you to take part. There is no fee to participate in Talkaoke Skills Lab.


    How to apply

    You can apply using an online form here. We ask you to describe your creative practice and reasons for wanting to be involved in the programme. You will have a 350 word limit or 3 minute video limit on your application.

    Deadline for applications Tuesday 1 February, midnight East African Time [Uganda], or 9.00pm Greenwich Mean Time Time [UK]


    If you have any questions 

    We will run an online Talkaoke information session on Thursday 13th January at 12pm [GMT] / 3pm [EAT] where you can get a flavour of the format and ask any questions you may have about the programme. Register for the session following this Eventbrite link.

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    The People Speak is a London [UK] based group of international artists, academics and arts practitioners with world-class expertise in getting people to understand each other. We have 25 years’ experience of using performance art, multi-media and technology to stimulate discussion, ideas, and actions in engaging, interactive and fun environments, pushing the boundaries of what a conversation can lead to. Our formats include: Talkaoke – our flagship pop-up talkshow, Segue – a generative instant film-making factory; Who Wants To Be – a direct democracy game show, The Slice Is Right – pizza-making under different political systems, Inverse Apprentice – a participant-led creative entrepreneurship programme provoked by the TV show ‘The Apprentice’. We have delivered projects in partnership with most of the UK’s national cultural institutions and museums – all Tate Galleries, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Science Museum, V&A; universities and academic institutions – Queen Mary University of London, Goldsmiths University, Natural History Museum, The Francis Crick Institute, many UK festivals, such as LIFT, Shambala, The World Transformed; many social and youth charities. We have collaborated with partners in the US [Genomics Festival, Boston], Australia [The Street, Canberra], Norway [ice-9].

    Twitter @ThePeopleTweet 
    Instagram @The_PeopleSpeak
    Facebook @ThePSnet 

    KQ Hub Africa is a Uganda based  artist collective, creative agency and future consultancy working across visual, digital and performing arts — to produce meaningful culture programs, facilitate creative capacity building, and create platforms for skills and knowledge sharing, including the production of monthly networking, knowledge sharing experiential and imaginative events like creative talks, artists exhibitions, workshops, concerts, film labs + screenings, fashion and design incubators among others.

    Twitter @kq_hub
    Instagram @kqhubafrica 
    Facebook @kqhub 

    The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications.

    Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

    Twitter @SouthernAfricaArts, @ugbritish
    Instagram @SouthernAfricaArts , @eastafricaarts
    Facebook @SouthernAfricaArts.British @britishcounciluganda


    PiCK OF THE WiCK is a music video portrait project in Hackney Wick and Fish Island, in a collaboration with local residents and Knowledge Exchange Network, QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Trust and Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone.
    In this emergent project The People Speak ask the residents of Hackney Wick and Fish Island to create a music video representing the area. We will use conversation, comedy, video and graphic visualisations to tease out and imaginatively represent the key aspects of the band during a series of public consultation sessions around the area, which will take shape of pop up screen tests booths [inspired by Warhols ‘Screen Tests’ series], vox pops interviews and Pick of The Wick Talkaoke talkshow outdoors. For the Talkaoke we will bring a local lyricist/ singer, a musician and a live visualiser to create a sketch of lyrics and sound of the Pick of the Wick anthem, and the look of the hypothetical band.

    Following on from the research we did through the Wick Speaks! project in 2020, Pick of the Wick takes music as the element that connects various members of the community. We will use this theme as a framework to explore people’s wider ideas about:

    – How do people feel about public spaces in the area?
    – How does the community come together?
    – People’s emotional response to the place?
    – Divisive lines within the area and how to cross them?
    – What is the set of values about the area we can all agree on?

    Step into our DIY mobile Screen Test Booth, which will be popping up on the street throughout July. Tell us about the music and the look of Hackney Wick you know. What does it mean to you?
    Join us at one of the Screen Test Booth sessions in July: Friday 16th, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th between 2-7PM, at and around The Pearl [11 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX].
    Then on Sunday 1 August take part in an open space Talkaoke – a pop up talkshow, where we will be joined by local musicians, lyricist and illustrator who will compose a soundtrack and explore the visual identity of Hackney Wick & Fish Island based on the conversation between the participants. If you are a musician yourself – bring an instrument.

    PiCK OF THE WiCK is a collaboration with Knowledge Exchange Network, QMUL Network – centre for the creative and cultural economy, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Trust and Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone.


    Screen Test Booth sessions
    Friday 16th, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th July
    2-7PM [drop in]
    Location: outside PEARL Hackney , 11 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX

    Pick of the Wick Talkaoke
    Sunday 1 August
    Time, location, booking link tbc


    The People Speak People! – Zoe

    Welcome to our micro-blog series where we will introduce some of the recent members of The People Speak team.

    “Living in the present”

    Zoë is an American theatre maker, facilitator, and educator based in London. She works with creators and communities around the globe to tell stories that prompt conversation and run workshops that create change. As a theatre maker, she recently worked with Audible and the BBC on their new podcast and play The Hijack. Previously, she worked with a young spoken word artist to develop Outgrown at Shoreditch Town Hall, and with Company Three to develop The Act at The Yard. She was a member of the Orange Tree Writers Collective, where she developed her new play Return. Her plays The Burning, The Net, and Define have premiered in Edinburgh and London.

    As a facilitator and educator, Zoë has had the privilege to create and run a series of workshops for The Incident Project that spark conversations on race and privilege, and toured in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and London. She has also worked with Rewrite, bringing newly arrived refugees and born-and-bred Londoners together through creative writing. She believes that play and creativity are the best ways to spark change.

    Working with the People Speak has been one of the best things about the insane year that is 2020. In a time of so much isolation and anxiety, the People Speak events have reintroduced me to the power of fun, silliness, and connection. Whether it’s moderating Aberfeldy Live or facilitating the Tree of Success networking event for Waltham Forest, I have learned that collective laughter is one of the best tonics in this time. Collaborating with the People Speak has taught me loads of other small lessons: how to create legitimate connection and fun over Zoom; that sometimes outright silliness is the best way to unearth new ideas; and that, as a facilitator, I can really trust my participants and audience to take the lead. In 2021, I’m most looking forward to getting in a real life room filled with real life strangers and experiencing moments of collective fun and joy in person together.

    Check out Zoe’s website

    The Inverse Apprentice

    You’re hired! The Inverse Apprentice in Aberfeldy Street

    We are thrilled to announce that our project The Inverse Apprentice has been awarded a Small Grant Scheme from the new Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, delivered by Foundation for Future London.

    The Inverse Apprentice is a creative entrepreneurship programme provoked by the TV show ‘The Apprentice’. Our format, in contrast to the TV programme, is led entirely by the participants – Tower Hamlets residents. The programme delivered in partnership with the local talent, business owners and entrepreneurs uses personal creativity, cooperation and diversity of thought as a framework to develop participants’ self worth and employability skills. The apprenticeship aims to raise aspirations of the participants by helping them to gain agency and practical tools to become local instigators of change responding to their community’s needs.

    The Inverse Apprentice is a collaboration between The People Speak art collective, Spotlight youth hub and a posse of creative businesses in Aberfeldy Street, Poplar.

    Find out more about the fund and other awardees here.

    Get involved

    If you are interested in joining the project as a participant, aged 18 or over and based in Tower Hamlets – we would love to hear from you.

    If you are an artist, creative or entrepreneur linked with Tower Hamlets or wider east London, who wants to help us shape the project and respond to participants needs – let’s have a chat.

    Drop us a line to find out more


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    The People Speak People! – Simon

    Welcome to our micro-blog series where we will introduce some of the recent members of The People Speak team.

    “Ploughing our furrow”

    It’s not every day that you get to take part in a first, but the highlight of 2020 for me was collaborating with The People Speak in my favourite part of East London: Hackney Wick. For someone keen to see how travel can be a transformational experience even close to home, it was the perfect opportunity to try something new in an old familiar place.

    Over the Covid summer of 2020 I had been getting a lot from The People Speak’s online versions of their established Talkaoke format. Discussions covered anything from Brexit to Futurology to how the arts can reach people amid a pandemic. So when the enterprising Margot rang from The People Speak, to suggest we apply for Creative Enterprise Zone funding to bring people together, I jumped at the chance.

    As Hackney Tours, I’ve traditionally ploughed my own furrow, absorbing what I’ve experienced over a decade of exploration places like Hackney Wick to share it later with curious locals, academics and foreign visitors alike. I’ve attended community meetings there, engaged in activism and had countless conversations with people about the ongoing changes.

    As a tour guide, I’m often asked to inspire students and organisations by giving my own take on the processes at work along the Hackney Cut, one of the canals that gently flow through this former factory town. But Wick Speaks! was a chance to see how The People Speak operate and to work in a very different way.

    Along with the team at Aberfeldy Street, we recruited two local freelancers to go into the Wick and ask people on the street what they thought a tour should be comprised of. This time I was facilitating others, rather than the one talking – and highly rewarding it was too. My own journey has seen me increasingly move away from ‘telling it how it is’ to inviting people to collaborate in the creation of something new, unique and co-owned.

    The work of The People Speak is also about bringing in others, connecting and sharing. With this ’emergent’ style, it wasn’t possible to know the end result, we had to trust the process. But sure enough the people of Hackney Wick didn’t let us down. The result was a first: a grassroots unscripted tour voiced by people who live and work in the Wick, shared on multiple platforms in the format of a live TV show. That’s the thing with experiments and working with others, you never know where you might end up.

    You can watch Wick Speaks! Tour video here.

    Simon Cole founded Hackney Tours in 2012 as a way to really connect with his own backyard, using carbon-free, deep, slow travel. He’s drawn to lesser heard stories, like Hackney’s role in social justice struggles past and present, or the complexities of gentrification and sustainable cities. Can social enterprise tours change the world? How does street art help us interrogate our environment in the era of fake news and alternative facts? From women’s history running tours to the Wick Speaks! collaboration with The People Speak, he tries to innovate. He believes in the power of curiosity and that the biggest journey of all – to be fully in the world – starts with a little local adventure.

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