TramShed receives major funding from Arts Council England for Muli Mutya, Lancashire!

web2We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our application to Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) which means we are able to launch our major international and intercultural project, Muli Mutya, Lancashire!

The project will be officially launched by The Worshipful The Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Eddie Collett along with our Patron, Linda Nolan at a special event on Friday 5th July, 7pm at Montgomery High School. All members and their families are welcome – however places are limited so if you wish to attend please rsvp Zac Hackett on 07852 498427.

For press and media enquiries please contact Marge Ainsley 07816 296218.

Muli Mutya 

Lancashire! will bring performing artists together from two very different continents to explore the potential of inclusive arts across communities – both in Lancashire and back in Uganda.

During the first week in July, Lillian Mbabazi – from internationally acclaimed cultural foundation Bayimba based in Uganda – will jointly deliver drama, dance and music workshops in partnership

with the TramShed team to four inclusive groups of children from across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. TramShed will also share skills and provide training, building Lillian’s confidence and ability to develop inclusive practice back in her own country.

The aim is to develop shared artistic practice, and exchange ideas and approaches in order to increase access to – and participation in – the arts by individuals of all backgrounds, abilities and needs in both countries. This approach to inclusivity is particularly very new in Uganda, where there is very little access to arts for people with additional needs.

In August, the TramShed team will fly out to Kampala to deliver workshops in partnership with a further two artists from Bayimba to Ugandan children. This work will be celebrated in a performance premièred at the Ugandan National Theatre as part of Bayimba’s International Festival of the Arts in September.

Finally, on their return to the UK, the TramShed team will deliver a further ten sessions with the original inclusive groups of children using their experience from Uganda. This will culminate in a short performance in each community for everyone to see from September onwards.

This project breaks new ground in terms of its inclusive, intercultural approach and intends to engender a culture of inclusive practice in the long-term across home and international communities. It is the first time that we have received a grant of this size to enable them to work inclusively on such a large scale.

We’ll be updating this news page on the progression of the project at home and abroad – so make sure you check back and follow @tramshedtheatre on twitter.

Here’s some more detail about the project, funders, and participating organisations:

About Bayimba

Bayimba is the largest cultural organisation in Uganda. It provides a vibrant arts and culture sector that is professional, creative and viable and contributes to social and economic development in Uganda and East Africa. Their mission is to uplift arts and culture (specifically visual and performing arts) in Uganda and East Africa by stimulating original intra- and interdisciplinary cultural exchange and creativity. Their objectives include increasing awareness about the important role that arts and culture play in societal development, and to increase access to artistic and cultural activities in Uganda.

Key dates

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2013: Ugandan artist in UK for training week and initial workshops in outreach locations
Fri 5th July 2013 MML launch event at Montgomery High School, media interviews and photo opportunity with Lilian Mbabazi and TramShed’s patron, Linda Nolan
Mon 19th – Fri 30th August 2013: inclusive pilot project in Kampala, Uganda with Lilian Mbabazi, TramShed team and a further two Ugandan artists
20th-22nd September 2013: Bayimba International Arts Festival at National Theatre, Kampala: performance by children involved in pilot
September 2013 – April 2014: A series of 10-week outreach projects at UK schools/outreach centres (two locations in each term)
Jan – June 2014: Bayimba regional roll-out of project across the towns of: Gulu, Jinja, Arua, Mbarara, Mbale and Moroto.

Key project facts

  • 7 artists (4 British, 3 Ugandan)
  • 4 inclusive groups involved in UK workshops – 90 children, young people and adults in total across Blackpool/Wyre/Fylde
  • 10 sessions delivered back in the UK following Ugandan trip
  • Inclusive group of 25 primary children worked with in Uganda

Participating organisations

St Bernadette’s Primary School
Montgomery High School
Kirkland & Catterall Primary School
Fylde Community Link
Woodlands School
Great Arley School
Ugandan artists profile

Delivered in UK

Lillian Mbabazi: lecturer in theatre/drama in the Performing Arts department at Makerere University, Uganda. Lillian has an MA in Theatre and Global Development from Leeds University and a BA in Drama from Makerere. She is a judge at many drama festivals across Uganda. Lillian will share story-telling skills with participants – this is a key part of the Ugandan oral culture.

Delivered in Uganda

Abraham Sekasi: a musician specialising in African traditional instruments including adungu (African bow harp), endingidi (tube fiddle), amadinda (African xylophone), enkwanzi (panpipes), kalimba (thumb piano). His main instrument is engoma (drums). Abraham is a co-founder of Janzi Band, a World Music band with a considerable following in Uganda. Abraham will bring Ugandan drums that are being hand-made for us by one of his colleagues. He will teach participants some traditional Ugandan rhythms and explain how drumming is used in Ugandan performance.

Desire Tereka: a dancer and choreographer. Desire has trained and worked in a range of dance forms from Uganda National Ballet to street dance. He founded his own dance company for young people – Yutta Konvictz Society and works with unengaged young people who do not ordinarily get the opportunities to take part in dance activities. Desire will share some traditional dances from the Buganda region.


Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2011 and 2015, Arts Council England will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. Grants for the arts awards National Lottery funds. It is Arts Council England’s open application funding programme that supports arts activities that engage people in the arts and helps artists and arts organisations with their work.

Bayimba Cultural Foundation

Blackpool Council