The return of Tongue Tied

LONDON - Tongue Tied? is back! Now in its third year and still going strong, poets, dancers and musicians unite to explore freedom of expression and celebrate the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.

Xen Arts brings you this annual event which raises money and awareness of the ongoing struggles that people in Zimbabwe have to overcome on a daily basis. Xenoula Eleftheriades, director of Xen Arts spent time in Zimbabwe last year using money raised in Tongue Tied? 09 to set up dance projects for young people in deprived areas of Harare. She said: Although Zimbabwe is not at the headline crisis point of recent years, the restrictions and poverty the average family are faced with everyday is still very real. When you are desperate to find US$1 for a daily loaf of bread, US$1800 a year for your childs education fees seems an impossible mission.

To me, the problems seemed overwhelming, almost beyond hope. Yet somehow hope was there in abundance. As I walked into the Book Caf in Harare, every song, poem and drum beat was filled with a passion for life, an uplifting rhythm which radiated positivity and the power of the human spirit to go forward. Bringing these issues back to centre stage, the artists and staff at the Cochrane Theatre are all volunteering their time and talents to bring you Tongue Tied? 2010. The event takes place at 7.30pm on 27th February at the Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London.

Enjoy an uplifting evening of powerful dance (SIN Cru and Avant Garde), witty, fast talking poetry (Shane Solanki and Jasmine Cooray) and some traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean sounds (Dhindindi, Mashasha and Tsungai Tsikirai). All money raised will go to continue developing and funding Xen Arts projects in Zimbabwe, helping to provide employment, education and support for people who are still struggling to help themselves.

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