More often than is probably healthy and socially acceptable, I tend to find myself spending weekends trawling through the ‘Most popular’ section on iPlayer (I’ve already watched everything on Netflix – guilty as charged), or hunting for another book to read, or exploring various music feeds to find fresh new artists.
Hold on, there seems to be a pattern here: all can be done without leaving my flat. I’m hoping that some of you reading can relate to this.
(Please tell me it’s not only me…)
One morning, whilst on the THSH page, I stumbled upon Project SoundLounge. The opportunity to work with creative, like-minded individuals that shared my passion for live music and genuinely wanted to make a mark on the city of Birmingham truly appealed to me. On a whim, not really believing that I’d ever even be selected for an interview due to my background in science, I decided to apply to be part of the project.
After being called back for a recruitment session, I was elated to hear that I was accepted onto the project. My immediate thoughts filled me with a sense of pride and happiness. After having reflected the offer a bit further, I had some concerns that I wouldn’t be able to balance my lifestyle with this project, apprehensive that I may not be able to contribute as much as was expected from the rest of the team.
I was being ridiculous. I had the opportunity of working with eleven other brilliant-minded individuals, to program, market, and produce an arts festival. Why was I even contemplating declining this? Who knows, perhaps it was my inner introvert telling me this was one thing too many to take on. However, recently I’ve been a big believer of ‘If the opportunity is there, take it’. And so I did.
The only reason I wouldn’t put enough effort into this project would be if I didn’t allow myself to. If you truly want to do something, you will always make time for it. So I went for it, and here we are now…
Much like my other energetic team members, I have a monumental vision for the festival. I’m asking you, as the audience of this blog, to become the audience of Project Soundlounge. Come and witness us make our visions a reality. We have curated an eclectic assortment of skilled artists, bringing together some of Birmingham’s finest rising talent to perform for you at some of the city’s most esteemed venues.
We need you there, quite simply, as we want to inspire you. To show you that no challenge is too big. Had someone told me three years ago (hell, even one year ago) that I’d be working in collaboration with THSH as part of a team of twelve that puts on an arts festival in Birmingham, I wouldn’t have believed them for a split second. And yet here I am…
Your time is precious. As much as we’d all like to believe it, weekends shouldn’t constantly be for binge watching Parks and Rec and First Dates (I know, that came as a shock to me too); there are so many better uses of your time if you simply open your eyes to them. To become inspired, you need to allow yourself the opportunity to be inspired in the first place.
Come to Project Soundlounge 2016 to discover a hidden love for live arts, and let the fresh talent that resides in your city blow you away. Our festival line-up is constantly being expanded; you are more than welcome to sign up to our mailing list here to receive updates.
Uma Lanka, (Project Soundlounge Team 2016)