Fiona and Mike speak at the 7th International Biennial Steelpan Conference
In October 2018, Fiona and Mike were invited to speak at The 7th International Biennial Steelpan Conference, held at the Tabernacle London W11. Their talk was entitled: “The Blind Leading The Blind – Making ‘Difference’ Work in UFO Steelband” Below you can read the “Abstract” they wrote for […]
UFO preparing for and taking part in Notting Hill Carnival 2018!
This blog is bout UFO Steelband taking our summer project to Notting Hill Carnival 2018. Thanks to Westway Trust we ran a mini Festival in North Kensington, London, and worked with children and families. The aim was to bring art and music out into the community… we ran steel pan music workshops, and community art […]
VIP 2018 Update… UFO becomes a fully inclusive steelband!
If you read our other blog on this link it tells the story of how UFO developed a visually impaired section. We initially named the section the ‘UFO Pilots’… but that name fell away when another naturally took over and stuck. Michael wears a ‘Visually Impaired Person’ badge out in […]
UFO invited to play at No 10 Downing Street for Windrush Reception!!
This month were thrilled to be invited to put together an ensemble steelband to play at the garden party of No.10 Downing Street on Windrush Day! We squeezed in as many players as we could within a small staging footprint in No.10’s beautiful garden – we aimed to create a compact band with […]
UFO PROJECT REVIEW 2017 – Our Gigs, workshops, collaborations and fun!
Thanks to the Arts Council of England and RBKC Arts, UFO Steelband was able to create and deliver an exciting new project for summer 2017 /autumn 2018. “PAN UNITED” was exactly that… the project provided unlimited opportunities to create new arrangements, invent new collaborations, run workshops, realise and develop new ideas, […]
UFO and the Grenfell tragedy “Children Creating Community at Carnival”
UFO GRENFELL PROJECT – CREATING ART WITH CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY THE TRAGEDY by Fiona Back in June we were hoping that our Arts Council funding application might be successful, and we were dreaming up potential designs for our truck, hoping to be able to stage the band at 2017 Notting […]