Bilingual Podcast and media platform dedicated to conversations and the exchange of ideas from a multicultural community in Holyoke, MA, the surrounding area of the Pioneer Valley, and Western Massachusetts.
Music, arts, storytelling, conversations, performances, creative projects, and randomness.
This is our conversation with Chilean jazz vocalist, songwriter, and arranger, Claudia Acuña. With the beginning of March as Women's History Month, and her virtual concert on March 6th, part of the International Women Rising Festival presented by Thirdrow.live and produced by Laudable.Productions, we talk about her background, and the inspiration to pursue a career as a singer and artist.
This is an interview in both languages, English and Spanish.
We are celebrating a virtual holiday, and this session has a special guest: a singer-writer, entrepreneur, and a talented multi-cultural artist who represents Turkey and New York. She is Sinem Saniye, and under her artistic name Saniyé, she shared a moment after a virtual show, to talk about her musical work, artist support and networking, her efforts to amplify women in the arts, music and performance, and she shares with is a very special acoustic version of her latest song "Baby, It's Still Christmas".
Community Ofrenda for Day of the Dead 2020 - Attack Bear Press X RadioPlasma
October 31, 2020. Attack Bear Press founders, Jason Montgomery and Alex Woolner share their thoughts and the process behind the creation of the 2nd Holyoke Community Ofrenda 2020 to honor the Day of the Dead, and at the same time, create a space to acknowledge, honor, and remember the lives lost during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the second year, the Readywipe Gallery in Holyoke hosted the space for an indoor installation, featured on this video, and also an outdoor setting for the community ofrenda that was built to create a space for remembrance, for celebration of life, and to bring indigenous, mexican, and latinx people together, and share this meaningful ceremony with the community as an educational opportunity to learn about the Day of the Dead, that is celebrated in Mexico, and other Latin American communities on November 1st and 2nd of every year.
Also, The Wistariahurst Museum placed a giant screen at their garden, where these images were projected in real time as this live broadcasting was made, allowing the public to see from a remote location, what was happening at the Readywipe Gallery.
HOLYOKE LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL 2020 GRANTS PROPOSALS
In this virtual session, we welcome Anne Thalheimer, Treasurer of the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, who shared with us the details of the currently open season for grants proposals for 2021.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the deadline has been moved to December 14, 2020, and you can submit your proposal online visiting https://mcc.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp
The HLCC encourages individuals and organizations to apply for financial support through its annual grant program which is part of a statewide grant program administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).
All the information regarding the Holyoke Local Cultural Council is available online at https://www.mass-culture.org/holyoke
IRENE "I-SHEA" SHAIKLY: CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP
After an unexpected hiatus due to COVID-19, here we are. Radioplasma is back in the cyber-ether.
We return to our conversations and randomness, with a session and a story of resilience, adaptation, and a reminder of self care, with Iréne I-Shea Shaikly, emcee, poet, percussionist, dancer, singer, actress, youth worker, and educator.
On this session we talked about Iréne's process and adaptation through COVID-19, the experiences of a trip to Senegal that inspired some of her most recent musical work with the Lost Tribe. A song titles "Say Their Names"
Betsayda Machado y su Parranda el Clavo, se presentaron en Gateway City Arts en Holyoke, el 1 de marzo.
Después de una cálida y energética sesión musical, Betsayda nos brindó unos momentos para conversar sobre su trabajo musical, así como algunos detalles de los instrumentos de la cultura musical de Venezuela y una pieza teatral que esperamos poder disfrutar en el futuro.
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