Migrant Artists Mutual Aid

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Charity versus Mutual Aid

Thank you to everybody who came to the launch of Migrant Artists Mutual Aid, we raised just under £600 for Fatoumata’s legal fund!

Mutual Aid is not charity it is safety net that is based on shared values of justice and equality, it is a safety net that is recession proof, that affirms that even in the toughest times we can stand together to help ourselves.
If we keep our resources inside of our communities we can create prosperity even when times are difficult. It was wonderful to see the exchange of presents, cakes, cd’s and books. People left the Lantern Theatre with full stomachs, arms filled and hopefully renewed.

The Lantern Theatre

Migrant Artists Mutual Aid is based at The Lantern Theatre. The theatre was recently taken over by Margaret Connell. Her work putting on some of the best live performance in the region and supporting Liverpool’s creative artists at every stage of their career is ground breaking.
Liverpool’s most intimate “Fringe” Venue

The Lantern Theatre is a family run, cosy and welcoming Theatre situated in a converted warehouse near Liverpool One. The auditorium holds around eighty five seats and has a fully licensed bar. The Lantern hosts regular performances from touring Theatre companies, local community groups, comedians and musicians, and is home to resident Theatre Company Tiny Giants who produce regular Theatre pieces throughout the year. The Theatre is family friendly and offers a variety of performances and activities for families and children including; birthday parties, summers schools and family fun days. The Lantern is a beautiful space that offers its audience a more personal Theatre experience and hosts a variety of different events to suit all tastes. Since opening in 2009, The Lantern has received fantastic feedback from artists and the general public, and continues to operate as an independent, family run Theatre that supports local artists and is at the heart of Liverpool’s community.
The Lantern Theatre also welcomes any theatre, music and comedy groups/promoters to contact us if you have any special events or productions that you would like to present on our stage.


In many ways I have started to think about this as a world music kids love disco, there is going to be all sorts of music, activities and entertainment that everybody can relax and dance to.  tickets are on sale now at the lantern theatre website

it would be really helpful if people could book tickets in advance and offer as much as they can afford, if you are feeling flush, buy some tickets for friends.  The Lantern only has a capacity for 100 so we would like to sell as many tickets in advance as possible, if you can’t make it please consider donating to Fatamouta’s legal fund.


1 pm Doors open
1:30 Dance sessions for under five’s
2 pm Circus Skills Workshop from Fools Rush In—plate spinning, juggling, stilts, all ages and stages

3 pm Global Sunday Lunch featuring African Specialities vegetarian and non vegetarian

3:30 Dance sessions for over fives with live music and some moves to try out with Carpet Trip

4 pm All ages Jazz grooving with Carpet Trip

5 pm Performance: Betting on Being British
Take the Life in the UK test, see if you can beat the 70% pass rate. Lena Simic and Jennifer Verson
6 pm Senegalese Contemporary with Taara
7 pm Pentland Brigg Irish Folk Music
and on and on
rumour has it that there may be some dead belgians

plus holiday book,  music, and toy buy and swap

bring a book, cd, dvd or good quality children’s toy and donate it, swap it for a new present or purchase a gift to benefit the people’s legal aid fund for Fatoumata Sowe

Pentland Brigg

Irish Folk band Pentland Brigg has been confirmed. There are also strong rumours that dead belgins may be rising so stay tuned

Circus Skills Workshops Confirmed

The wonderful and magical Steve Wallis will be offering circus skill workshops. These will be open sessions where carers and kids of all ages can have a go.

Poster and other good news

Taara Just Confirmed

Sengelese bassist, guitarist and vocalist, Seyni Diop fronts his own band Taara.   The band has had a variety of line ups  since it’s beginnings in the mid 90‘s.  These varied flavours are always underpinned by original and vibrant bass lines which drive the music.

Regular Beats Recording Company

Our first non corporate sponsor local recording company regular beats will be donating music for an auction

December 11th Lantern Theatre

The Lantern Theatre will be hosting a benefit for Fatoumata  Sowe.  Acts confirmed so far are:

just added head lining Irish Folk Band

Carpet Trip:  old and modern Jazz

The Vinyl Kitchen

Special Children’s Dance Classes

Make Your Own Holiday Presents and Gift Swap: save money while participating in Mutual Aid, make and swap gifts and donate what you save.

The day will feature a global family feast, workshops, arts and crafts activities and a silent auction.

Get in touch if you would like to help:

  • Buy tickets in advance, this will help Fatoumata  get the long appeals process under way
  • Donate artworks
  • Volunteer to help with the feast
  • Give a Workshop
  • Perform

The Lantern Theatre

57 Blundell Street
L1 0AJ

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