Mexico is a country rich full of contrasts with a wide range of cultural, educational, economic and political differences. It is full of culture and history with a wealth of musical rhythms and over 70 indigenous languages. This same cultural variety and rich contrasts are reflected in the 119.5 million Mexicans living in the Mexican Republic and 53 million of whom live in extreme poverty at the same time one of the world's richest men is Mexican.

Jack Drum Arts have just wrapped up our week-long annual Summer School that saw a host of young performers and musicians aged 8 – 25 come together in the beautiful grounds of Auckland Castle to work alongside professional and emerging artists, and castle staff, to research, develop and perform a piece of drama with music. 

From 8th – 29th July we here at Jack Drum Arts (with support from Arts Council England, Youth Music, and DurhamWorks) played host to Rumenig Dantas, Bigato Pereira, Paijara de Xango, our maracatu de baque virado mentors from Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico. 

We speak to Rosie Bergonzi about how the experience of working on Musical Rumpus has impacted her artistic practice and how she has found working with early years in this way.

This is footage of our young people's show in Rugby with some young people's and parents interviews at the end. For many of the young people, this was the first time they had performed. The footage features contemporary covers and original songs. Some of the original songs are about issues such as bullying, racism, relationships and what it is like to have a disability.

Colours of Music Orchestra performed Colours of Freedom, Saturday 1 July, 2pm, HU1 Theatre, Hull College.
Check out our latest blog, film and recordings from the performance.

While playing an instrument can easily bring us and our children lots of joy, sharing instruments might pose some small health risks. But better safe than sorry! Here are a few tips on what we should all know before sharing music instruments.

Doing the Arts Awards for the first time proves to be more challenging - and rewarding - than first imagined.

XLR Collective debrief from their most recent gig as well as an introduction to personal coaching.

Prep for their upcoming gig at the 'Festival of What If'

Weekly XLR session. Debreif from latest gig as well as personal coaching session.

We have created lots of music and learnt a lot of things about #Inclusion and equal access and had a lot of fun... But did Jam Buddies make equal access to music, the arts and life a reality for young people (YP) with and without ‘learning disability’ or ‘autism’ labels?