Saturday, October 19, 2019 Start time: 7:15 pm


Venue: Warwick Arts Centre

ORIGINS Offshoots joins forces with Dash Arts and the Change Festival at Warwick Arts Centre to present this intimate and informal Dash Café.  We've brought together a group of Indigenous activists and musicians from around the world to offer their persepctives on the environmental crisis. Sharing wisdom from their cultures, we will explore how we can be better caretakers of our world through performance, music, storytelling and even video games.

Featuring Inuk Elder Piita Irniq, West Papuan musicians Lani Singers, Ecuadorian Shaman Kurikindi, folk-artist Sam Lee and Peruvian puppeteers José Navarro and Bella Lane.

Piita Irniq is a cultural proponent, artist, public servant, and commissioner of Nunavut. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the second commissioner of Nunavut. Piita has worked to preserve and promote Inuit culture and languages. 

Benny Wenda leads The Lani Singers, who play traditional West Papuan music. Their freedom songs sing of the deep suffering the West Papuan people endure under illegal Indonesian occupation, described as “Gently haunting [music]” by The Guardian.

José Navarro is a Quechua artist working with traditional dances, music and puppetry, using shadow and marionette puppets to frame and reflect on current environmental issues. 

Kurikindi is an indigenous Kichwa Amazonian Shaman. He was born in the rainforests of Ecuador and into an ancient line of Shamanic Families. He has travelled afar and spent time with Shamans from other cultures and nationalities to learn and share knowledge and experiences. 

Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, promoter, broadcaster, animateur, and naturalist. Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways. His work expands beyond his two highly decorated albums to foster live music in the UK, where he has been instrumental in the explosion of folk in the last decade. 

Warwick Arts Centre

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Cost: £13 (£11) £6.50 students