30th Anniversary wrap up!

All through November we’ve been celebrating Apples and Snakes’ 30th anniversary. Here’s what we’ve been up to!

We staged 30 Events in 30 Days across England: starting with a bit of a party at Free Word Centre for the people we work with – have a look at photos from the event below! Throughout November we put on artist workshops, live gigs and education events, all culminating in our big John Cooper Clarke show last weekend in partnership with The Albany, who are also celebrating their 30th! Even our patron, the great Michael Rosen, pitched in – with these lovely words about us and by cutting our birthday cake!

We heard from people we’ve worked with throughout our history – from Zolan Quobble, one of Apples’ founders and previous Programmer Steve Tasane on the early days of Apples. Current board member Kerry Featherstone and recent intern Laurie Bolger talked about their experiences too. We heard from artists we work with, like Nick Field, Kenny Baraka, Rosie Harris, Helen East, AF Harold, Patricia Foster, Sophia Blackwell, Richard Tyrone Jones, Carmina Masoliver, and Spoz.

We wrote about our Education work, which brings spoken word to thousands of young people every year, and Sam Berkson and Carl Sealeaf wrote thoughtful pieces on the state of spoken word in 2012, whilst we challenged nine artists from all the regions of England to pitch the artform 30 years into the future – have a look at their commissions here!

So that wraps up our 30th anniversary celebrations – thank you for all the birthday wishes and lovely messages we received by email, on Twitter and on Facebook! Here’s to the next 30 years.