Rhythms Of The World Newsletter

Rhythms Of The World is a highlight of the North Herts music calendar, and for good reason. Taking place on the grounds at the Priory, Hitchin this year on the 14th and 15th July, the festival which is run entirely by volunteers and celebrates local and world music is now in its 21st year. Below is a reproduction of the ROTW newsletter, letting you know how you can join in and get involved… 

ROTW heads to the seaside
Not content with just bringing music to North Herts, Rhythms of the World will be showcasing local talent at Brighton’s prestigious Great Escape Festival on 12 May. The October GameCC Smugglers and The Metatrons will perform at the free event at The Latest Music Bar alongside acoustic performances from The Folk, James Christie and Here Comes The Blackout. The Great Escape is full of record labels, agents and the like and is a fantastic platform for the artists to get noticed (previous discovered acts include Example, SBTRKT and Katy B). Entry to the event is free and runs from 3:30-6:30pm. We’ll see you down the front!

Rhythms in the Community: Indian Classical Music Evening
Rhythms of the World, in association with SAAZ, proudly presents an evening of Indian classical music starting at 7.30pm on 28 April at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Wilbury Way, Hitchin.  Featuring Indian musician, Pandit Yogesh Samsi who is described as one of the most brilliant and exciting Tabla players in the world, Manjit Singh (percussion) and Kaviraj Singh (Santoor and Harmonium) it promises to be a very special evening. The community event is free and we ask that all attendees respect the Gurdwara’s traditions and not enter the grounds under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Calling all artists!
We’re appealing for all local artists to get involved with the festival and apply to create artwork on-site during the festival weekend. The artwork should encompass the theme of the festival and may be purchased by Rhythms of the World at the end of the festival and placed in its Art Archive. Successful artists will receive a free weekend pass, cost of materials and meals throughout the event. We’re asking would-be resident artists are asked to submit proposals on their chosen idea – you can find the criteria for the proposals here. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, 8th May. Happy drawing!

Rhythms of the World wins Songlines award
ROTW has been declared by world music magazine Songlines as one of the top 10 best music festivals in the whole of the UK this summer. Other names on the list include Latitude and WOMAD, and with at acts like Junior Murvin and Juju topping our bill, it’s easy to see why we’re considered in the same league.

Quiz night success
The famous Rhythms of The World quiz night was a resounding triumph, with an amazing £1,306 raised for charity. The guests at Hitchin Town Hall battled their way through an evening of trivia over a fish and chip supper courtesy of our friends at The Town Fryer and a fantastic time was had by all!

Join us at the pub!
If you’re thinking of getting involved in Rhythms of the World you’ll be joining a friendly and sociable team. We meet at the Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, SG5 1AF on the last Friday of every month (tonight!). Do come along – you’ll be warmly welcomed.

If you’re coming along for the first time, please emailvolunteers@rotw.org.uk and we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you!

ROTW Tickets
Don’t forget you can get your tickets for Rhythms of the World online now at http://rotw.org.uk
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