The Underground Creatives is a vibrant arts service which specialises in high quality performances and workshops for children, young people and adults. Our ethos is centred around inclusion and accessibility, making the arts available to as many communities as possible. Collaboration is what makes The Underground Creatives work; driven by a network of artists who specialise in a range of art forms from dance to music to drama to visual arts.
Although we create work in many different disciplines of the arts, the heart of our work is always rooted in the urban arts, incorporating beat-box, rap, breakdance and other elements of Hip Hop culture.
The Underground Creatives is based in Leicestershire and has delivered performances and workshops around the UK for clients such as, South Bank Centre (London), The Spark Arts for Children (Leicester), Curve Theatre (Leicester), Many Minds (Bristol), act!onaid (Reading Festival).
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MEET THE FOUNDER
"We are all Underground Creatives, our job is to bring that creativity to the surface".
Hi, my name's Akshay Sharma. In 2011, I decided to start The Underground Creatives to inspire and motivate young people to look at social topics in more engaging ways. I have always been excited by music and performing arts and realised that I could use these art forms as tools, to get other young people more excited about important social topics such as, anti-discrimination, bullying, sexuality, mental health, immigration and identity.
My first piece of work was a one-man-show which utilised my passion for drama, beat-box, rap and dance, to address the taboo topic of sexual health. The show was quickly picked up by the NHS, who went on to book me for my first commissioned performance as a Theatre In Education piece.
The show saw great success, but running a show as a one- man-band gets tiring. I quickly realised that collaboration was the missing piece and began to reach out to many talented artists to join me on my journey and that was the birth of The Underground Creatives.
MEET THE CREATIVES
Jenny 'Hibword' Hibberd
Percussionist, Vocalist, Poet
Drummer & Producer
Director & Filmmaker