13 Apr 2024

  • Venue
    Bramall Rock Void
  • Running time
    50 minutes
  • Age guidance

Tikii takii tukii my web is so sticky and I am so tricky; so why can’t you catch me! “Jack Mandora Me Nuh Choose None”

There’s an Anansi in all of us.

Come sit around the fire of spirits for a family filled fun-time of stories.

Through dance, song and poetry Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Azizi Cole, Simmeon Naphtali and Alex Robinson take you on a journey of Anansi. A show of mango juicy stories sharing how Anansi evolved from trickster to rebel to freedom fighter. Let’s explore how the Anansi within all of us can light a fire for our own bright futures.

Find out more

RISE UP Festival (RUF) is an intergenerational and intersectional celebration of Caribbean Arts in its many different forms. It looks to the Windrush Generation and explores how they, their legacy, and art have shaped the UK. The festival is curated and co-directed by two British Caribbean artist-practitioners, Omari Swanston-Jeffers and Melanie Abrahams, in partnership with Leeds Playhouse. The Rise Up Festival Takeover will feature a kaleidoscope of artists from the Forward Prize winning Malika Booker to Leeds based artists Christella Litras, Phenicia Williams, Azizi Cole and Namron, to Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry Awardee and elder statesman of poetry John Agard.

Meet the people involved

Omari Swanston-Jeffers

Curator, Co-host, performer and co-director

Azizi Cole


Simmeon Naphtali


Alex Robinson



    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell