This month’s event of La Mansarda was a special one – as they always are, but on the 28th August, you would find yellow signs with pointing arrows spread along the street, pointing toward the Think Punk Studios in Bluebell. Hiding in the industrial area outside the city center, the location was harder to find and get to than previous ones, but to everyone making the effort to come and enjoy an evening of arts, it would prove to be a hundred percent worth it. A lovely spacious room greeted performers and audience, and gave space to a brightly lit stage, even featuring a theatre fog machine.
Anna Deichmann (my lucky self) opened the evening with some spoken word poetry, followed by the mesmerizing Mairead Carroll whose voice sounded as gracefully as her fiddle as she was sharing her deeply touching songs. Next up was Grunkle Funge, a powerhouse of a band that filled the room with their circus funk energy. After that intense experience, spoken word artist Emmet O’Brien calmed the audience with an unusual set of his, reading poems from his books and allowing us to hear a sample of his poetry from older days. To close the evening, BailaMar Academy hosted a short workshop of Merengue, which was great fun, and humbled most of us in no time.
After this dance session, everyone had well deserved a piece of Ligia’s tiramisu, the secret highlight of every La Mansarda event. As usual, donations could be made and were distributed between the Italian humanitarian non-profit organization PIC and the artists performing on the night. At the end of the day, nobody regretted going some way for this inspiring evening of music and words.
This blog is written by members of the La Mansarda community who have participated in our events both as performers and audience members. So, dive in and experience the unique perspectives of those who make up our vibrant community.