Cece’s Speakeasy

As global temperatures rise, the quality and quantity of our crops decreases. In the not-so-distant future, coffee bean production will halt – caffeine will become extinct. By 2050 there will be no more chocolate. 

Step forward in time and enter Cece’s, an underground speakeasy where words and jazz collide. Indulge in the forbidden delights of an espresso martini or devour a hot chocolate whilst taking in the live entertainment. 

Cece’s is an immersive poetic experience produced by Apples and Snakes and commissioned by Season For Change (SfC). Leading spoken word artists and jazz musicians will collaborate to create new work, exploring hope and action during the climate emergency. 

Artistic Director Zena Edwards (pictured) is a poet, performer and climate activist who uses song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words. Edwards’ fuses traditional African-instrumentation (the Kalimba and Kora) and new technology to create soundtracks for her poems and stories, producing a body of work that reaches culturally and generationally diverse audiences on an international level.

Born in East London to Mauritian parents, Musical Director Eric Appapoulay is a composer and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, whose passion for guitar started at age 8. As an international musician since the age of 19, he has performed on tour and in the studio with artists such as: Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Lionel Ritchie, Neneh Cherry, Plan B, Craig David, Jason Derulo, Keri Hilson, Beverley Knight, Daniel & Natasha Bedingfield, Nitin Sawhney, Patrice, Wunmi, Kojo Antwi & Ady Suleiman.

Following current guidelines and COVID-19 safety measures, we hope this event will take place late June/early July. We will confirm the dates when we are able to.

Season for Change, is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. SfC is led by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Cece’s is produced by Apples and Snakes, England’s leading spoken word organisation, in partnership with UK Jazz tastemakers, Jazz re:freshed and with additional support from the PRS Foundation and The Garrick Trust.  

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