The Lion’s Mane Video Blog 4

The Lion’s Mane – Video Blog 3

Thinking of applying for funding? Before you approach your funder, think… What you can you do raise your own funds? How can you raise match-funding to cover some of the costs of your project? How can you demonstrate that you’re thinking about the sustainability of funding for your group/work/community?

Having spent a great deal of time costing up and budgeting ‘The Lion’s Mane’ project, we soon realised that we would be asking for a LOT from a funder to cover the whole cost of the project. JDL decided to host a fund-raiser workshop ‘Pernambucan Percussion’ on the 7th Feb which saw 70 percussionists join together to enjoy a day of Pernambucan music making. By charging an early-bird ticket price, this encouraged participants to sign up and secure their place early, which also allowed us the security of knowing how much match-funding we would be likely to raise BEFORE submitting our Arts Council England application. The only downfall was selling out as early bird tickets before they got chance to go to full price, but we can’t complain at that!

This idea could extend to any art form or activity really; a community dance workshop, a parents and toddlers craft workshop event, a bake sale, on office donation pot, being sponsored to play a gig in an unconventional way, selling homemade items, gaining some financial support from a local business or investor… you name it, it’ll work towards securing your project funding as you reduce the amount required by the funder.

Thanks to Gallery Oldham and the Arts Development Team for support with the workshop space. Thanks to Leon, Tom, and Angela for your advice during the funding application process, and those who helped to make this fund-raising work so successful in its’ promotion (thanks Dan!). And… thanks to everyone who came to the 70-piece workshop!

The Lion’s Mane

We are proud to announce the beginning of a new project, ‘The Lion’s Mane’. Thanks to Arts Council England, the group will develop a new performance including new musical repertoire, dance, costume, and a puppet, as well as exciting interactive surprises for the audience to enjoy. Watch this space, and follow our video diary on YouTube!

A new tune!

Holly and Dan paid a visit to Ritchie and Juliana in Liverpool today to give a few tips about tuning their new alfaias… 4 down, 16 to go when they arrive from Brazil! All the best to them and their new projects 🙂

*NEW* JDL open workshop! Feb 2015

Director Holly Prest invites you to delve into the grooves, techniques, and instruments of Maracatu Nação, Côco, and Ciranda in this introductory workshop day, as you try out new instruments, experience the alfaia assault on the senses, and stretch your vocal chords! More info to follow…

Manchester Food & Drink Festival

JDL and Jubacana will be performing at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival this Sunday (21st Sept) at 5pm! Albert Square, Manchester City centre… bring your dancing shoes!

Brand new video! *click for link*

See our newest video: JDL and Jubacana performing at RHS Tatton Flower Show.

Jubacana 2014




In the summer of 2013 we applied for funding to realise their dream of developing a youth performance collective. Later that same summer,  we received the good news that Arts Council England loved the sound of the project, and offered support to help ‘Jubacana’ come to life!

Following over a decade of development and delivery within both school and community arts programmes, Director Holly Prest is thrilled to embark on this brand new youth-led adventure for young drummers and dancers.

“Children are capable, surprising, inspiring. I’m proud to offer a platform where they can shine, and encourage others to do the same. Teenagers have something raw about them that shouldn’t be tamed or controlled, but harnessed. I first held a drumstick at age 12. When it’s weight fell on that drum for the first time, everything changed. I didn’t understand what was happening, but as I practised week after week, month after month, I knew something inside was changing. I fell in love with music, and am privileged to give others that same opportunity to get lost in something they can treasure forever.”

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Word from Brazil…

Word on the street (well, email!) is that the drums for the Youth project are on their way back to the UK! It certainly wasn’t easy, but hopefully this time next week we’ll be wading through boxes of skins and sticks and more!

Brazil 2013

Dan and I have been in Brazil for the past 7 weeks (with one week to go) studying a variety of rhythms, songs, and even dances to bring back to inspire both the JDL band and the brand new youth wing (name soon to be announced!).