There’s one week to go until Global Mash Up and plans are coming together nicely! The space is booked, risk-assessments done, and the artists are busy preparing their sessions. We thought you might like to know a bit more about what to expect during the week.


Global Mash Up is an action-packed project that will explore artforms from all over the world with professional artists. Over three days, young people aged 8-16 will get the chance to get stuck into workshops in music, spoken-word and visual art, exploring the theme of ‘Safe Spaces’. We’ll also be making a short film of the process!


During Global Mash Up the young people will be working with professional artists to create works of art. There will be a wide range of activities to try and we hope that everyone involved will discover something new that they enjoy. Take a look at some of the artists that we will be working with…

Christella Litras

Christella Litras is a songwriter, musician, composer, vocal arranger, record producer and founding member of Caution Collective. Christella has a strong interest in world music and has recently worked on projects including Sting’s Message in a Bottle. She has also collaborated with Denise Pearson and Phoenix Dance and is beginning a project funded by the Arts Council’s Develop Your Creative Practice Fund.

Christella will be leading music workshops during Global Mash Up and here’s what she had to say about the upcoming project:

“I’m looking forward to being in a creative space with young people and seeing the sparks that come from them. It’s great that we’re continuing Geraldine’s legacy and taking her concept into creative spaces to inspire a new generation of artists.”

Sandra Whyles

Sandra Whyles is a visual artist with a special love for ceramics. She also uses photography and printing in her work and like many creatives she will work with almost any material. Sandra runs her own business, SAZi Studio, where she makes and sells ceramic pieces as well as running workshops. She was also a contestant on the first series of The Great Pottery Throw Down on BBC2.

During Global Mash Up, Sandra will be working on den-building and visual art creations with the young people.

Khadijah Ibrahiim

Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds and is of Jamaican parentage. She is a literary activist, live artist, theatre maker, producer, and Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors. Educated at the University of Leeds, she has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and an MA in Theatre Studies. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared on many international stages. Her poetry collection, Another Crossing, was published by Peepal Tree Press and premiered at Leeds Playhouse in 2014.

When we asked Khadijah what she was looking forward to about Global Mash Up, she told us:

“It’s an opportunity to inspire young people to engage in creativity in a safe space; to help them to use their imagination to create ideas that come from them and that they can share with other people.”

Khadijah is going to be working on spoken word and poetry with the young people during Global Mash Up.

Global Mash Up will take place at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, LS9 7PL from Wednesday 19th– Friday 21st February 2020.

It is free to attend but places are limited so please register in advance here.