PROGRAMME

 

Enter the Hangar space at the Chocolate Factory this October and immerse yourself in an environment that will make you see, feel, smell and think about cocoa in its many forms, and explore the high value we place upon it.


In its manufactured form, cocoa becomes chocolate. It can be organic but, most often, cocoa is transformed into a variety of tempting treats. The result - centuries of melting this buttery, sweet product in our mouths. We’re going back to the origins. This is an organic festival and events are being added all the time for your ultimate consumption.  

 

Check back regularly to see how things are shaping up and get ready for the launch on 1st October!

Festival opening times listed at bottom of page!
FREE
unless
otherwise
stated!
LAUNCH EVENT - TUESDAY 1st OCTOBER

 

 

19:00-19:30

INTRODUCTION TO THE SWEET LIKE COCOA FESTIVAL

The Chocolate Factory

 

The festival begins with the launch of two unique exhibitions:

 

'Tales of a Normanton Boy'  by Tom Douce

A collection of photographs documenting the international travels of local Derby businessman, Tom Douce. Photographs span 25 years, from the era of the SS Windrush, throughout which he visited 74 different countries.


 

Carnival Costumes

East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (emccan) 

 

19:30 - 21:00

MOUTHY POETS

Performance themed on 'I Have a Dream'

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic speech and the 65th anniversary of the SS Windrush sailing in to British shores, beginning a new phase in multicultural Britain.  The Mouthy Poets will perform a bespoke set of group and individual poems which extol the passage of time, the extent of the journeys and question whether we have woken up to a new dream.

 

There will also be a screening of the film-poem 'Sugar Coated Curls' by film maker Ioney Smallhorne who is also a member or Mouthy Poets. Drawing from her own experiences, Ioney Smallhorne comments on the effects that the Transatlantic Slave Trade & imperialism have had on black peoples perceptions of beauty. 

WEEKEND ONE - 4th, 5th & 6th OCTOBER


Friday 4th October

The Chocolate Factory  

 

The Chocolate Factory will be open for school visits during the daytime.  Please contact us for costs and to pre-book.

 

 

 

Saturday 5th October 

 

 

 

 

14:00-18:00

LIVE ART INSTALLATION: RECLAIMING COCOA

BY HONEY WILLIAMS 

 

Dress toasty and feast your eyes as Artist Honey Williams serves up fresh Live Art using cocoa and coffee enthused paint and reclaimed wood to create a mini-exhibition.

 

 

18:00-19:15 

PRE-SHOW WALKING TOUR

Starting at Derby QUAD  

 

Guided walking tour from Derby QUAD to The Chocolate Factory for ticket holders to visit the exhibitions and short film screenings.

 

 

20:00 

GINA YASHERE LIVE!

STAND UP COMEDY SHOW

Derby QUAD

 

2012 was a momentous year for Gina. She witnessed the triumph of the London Olympics... (OK, from her couch in Los Angeles, but she still has much to say about it!). She was finally able to let go of one of her biggest regrets: that she never got a ‘Jim'll fix it’ badge, and she was forced to purchase her first ever pair of reading glasses. You better believe she has A LOT to say about that one.

 

This is a rare chance to see one of the UK’s favourite female comics live in action.  Join us for a new show full of ingenious hilarity, the way only Gina Yashere can do it!

 

www.ginayashere.com

 

Age: 15+

Duration time: 110 mins

*This is a paid event. Tickets available from QUAD box office (£15)*

 

 

 

22:00 

SOUL SIMMITRY AFTER PARTY

Derby QUAD


SOUL SIMMITRY nights mix the best of 90s R&B, 80s Rare Grooves, reggae classics and funk jams into a unique dance brew, often with guest live appearances from some of the hit-makers on the tunes. Expect hits from Blackstreet, Erykah Badu, Dennis Brown, Maxi Priest, Mary J Blige, Rose Royce, Soul II Soul, Jill Scott, Teena Marie and much, much more. Derby is the latest city to get a Soul Simmitry night. It’s on: Dance! Laugh! Jam!

 

*This is a paid event. Tickets available from QUAD box office. (£5.00)*

 

NEW!

Sunday 6th October

 

12:00 - 16:00

COCOA FETE

The Chocolate Factory

 

A family-friendly afternoon of cocoa, music and food. Food stall by cocoa producing company, cocoa inspired discussion and music. Robert Lee, social historial and academic will give an animated talk about the history of cocoa and our unique human experiences with the products of this versatile bean.


 

Local DJ Vuyani will be spinning the decks providing Jazz-African fusion. 

Jamaican food will be on sale courtesy of Sista Spice.

 

 

 

WEEKEND TWO - 11th, 12th & 13th OCTOBER

Friday ​11th October

 

15:30-17:00
TIP, TAP, TOE:TAP DANCE MASTERCLASS WITH LEE PAYNE  (Got to Dance semi-finalist)

The Chocolate Factory

 

Lee Payne delivers a high-energy workshop designed to dust off those tap shoes and loosen those toes.  A blast of a session designed to refine your moves and revive your rhythm.  Suitable for non-beginners.

 

Lee is available to deliver a workshop in schools during the day.  Please contact us for details and to make a booking.

 

19:00

TIP, TAP, TOE:  IN-CONVERSATION WITH LEE PAYNE

The Chocolate Factory

 

The spectacular dancing of Lee Payne has inspired many dancers to get their tap shoes on! Lee will give an animated talk charting his journey into the industry, with a look at how tap dance icons such as Jimmy Slyde, Chuck Green, Arthur Duncan and the Nicholas Brothers influenced his career.

 

Lee is a graduate of the Millenium Performing Arts College. His musical theatre credits include: Riverdance, Singing in the Rain and Magic of the Dance. Theatre credits include Bouncers, Jeckyl and Hyde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Hamlet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday ​12th October

 

12:00-21:00

EXHIBITION AND FILM 

The Chocolate Factory

 

The organically growing exhibitions and short film screenings continue including:

 

SUGAR COATED CURLS BY IONEY SMALLHORNE (circa 3mins)

Drawing from her own experiences Ioney Smallhorne comments on the effects that the Trans Atantic Slave trade & Imperialism has on Black peoples perception of beauty. This punchy concise poetry video  discusses how Africans were exploited to developed the British economy.

 

A NEW DAWN FOR THE GRIOT (circa 10 mins)

A New Dawn For The GriotThe kora is a scared instrument to the Mandika Griots (or Jali) of The Gambia & Senegal, who utilise it's beautifully hypnotic sounds to accompany songs  that have been passed down traditionally from father to son for centuries. Griots (or Jelis) essentially are walking history books, preserving their ancient stories and traditions through song. With the influx of Hip hop and other modern genres of music, does traditional Griot music still have a place in The Gambia? A New Dawn For The Griot is a promo for a full length docu-film.

 

OVER TOAST BY DEBORAH 'DEBRIS' STEVENSON, FILMMAKER CHRIS KEENAN (circa 6 mins)

This cross between a film poem and poetry performance takes us on a philosophical journey, where a mother and daughter travel to a safe place to discover the importance of asking a question.  Commissioned by Apples and Snakes for Architects of Our Republic, this piece celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream speech.

 

 

16:00-17:00

SPECIAL CHARITY EVENT

Donna Briscoe-Green will be raising money and awareness of Clic Sargent by doing a Big Buzz event and shaving her hair off.  The money will be used to support children and babies with cancer.  Here's the link
https://www.justgiving.com/donnabriscoe-greene

 

18:00-19:00

DERBY DREAMS - A BABY PEOPLE PROJECT

 

Some talented young up and coming MCs give a live perform some high quality progressive Hip Hop and Grime music that is thought provoking and uplifting.  Derby Dreams commemorates 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech.

 

 

 

NEW!
NEW!

 

Sunday 13th October

 

12:00 - 16:00

COCOA FETE

The Chocolate Factory

 

Bring your picnic blankets for the second family-friendly afternoon of cocoa on tap, music and discussions and maybe even an open-mic.  This week, food is provided by Bia Rie, mobile Nigerian cooking featuring Precious Sauce for all your dinner time needs.   Cupcake company, House of Blakes, wow us with cocoa-inspired creations you won't stop buying them to chomp on all afternoon.  Don't forget to bring the kids to explore those huge pods!  NHS Practitioner, Morvia Gooden provides some animated discussion on the health benefits of cocoa.

 

Visiting us for a special treat en-route to her home in Detroit is artist, author, poet and rock star Jessica Care Moore who will present a unique set inspired by this festival as well as pieces from her first electro-jazz album Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James.

WEEKEND THREE - 18th, 19th & 20th OCTOBER

Friday 18th October

 

19:30 - 21:00

An evening with Brendon Batson

The Voicebox, Kensington Mews, Derby, DE1 1JQ

 

Brendon Martin Batson, MBE is an English former association footballer. He was signed as a schoolboy by Arsenal, and was the first black player to play for the Gunners' first team.  However, it was at West Bromwich Albion that he made his mark on football, at a time when black players were subjected to extreme racism from football fans. Alongside fellow black players Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham – together dubbed The Three Degrees – Batson played a pivotal role in championing the acceptance of black players in English Leagues. Join us to hear his extraodinary story for one night only hosted by Zen members.

 

*To book your free place contact gman@Zen411.co.uk or ring 0777 353 3939 or via Eventbrite.

POSTPONED

PLEASE SEE REPLACEMENT EVENT ON 25TH OCTOBER

WITH ATHLETE DALTON POWELL

 

Saturday 19th October

 

13:30 - 14:30

Drumming Circle by Arimba Arts

The Chocolate Factory

 

Bring your drums, or borrow one of Tafi's Djembe's as  we join in this wonderfully loud workshop which will guide you to a crescendo.  Afterwards your spirit will be lifted and ready for some sweet cocoa-tea.

 

 

 

 

 

19:00 - 20:00

Journey Cakes

Written and performed by Michelle Vacciana

The Chocolate Factory

 

A one-woman, multi-media drama looking at the call to action for British migrants. Journey Cakes reflects the story of a ‘life’ that journeyed from the Caribbean to come to England during the 1950’s British ‘call’ for workers. What unfolds is the unforeseen, and therefore unprepared, way of living that required new depths of change, adaptability, resourcefulness

and the rewriting of many dreams. Suitable for 14 years plus.

 

 

NEW!

Sunday 20th October

 

12:00 - 16:00

Cocoa fete

The Chocolate Factory

 

The finale event of the festival and in this instalment of family-friendly afternoon of cocoa, music and food.

 

Short film screenings continue for your pleasure all afternoon.  Food stall themed on a cocoa producing country and free chocolate to the first 50 people through the Chocolate Factory doors.   Cocoa inspired discussion with NHS professional and Derby lass, Joanne Bloomfield sharing with us the health benefits of cocoa.  Music will be provided by the local 6-piece reggae band, Jah Wizdom and Gman will be dusitng off his vinyl and spinning the decks.

 

Wrap up warm and joins for this unique indoor festival with outdoor features!




OPENING TIMES

 

General opening times:

Fridays 6pm - 9pm

Saturday (5th, 12th, 19th October) 12pm - 9pm

Sundays (6th, 13th, 20th October) 12pm - 4pm

 

Schools only - Friday 4th, 11th October. Please contact us to book  a 90 minute guided visit during school hours.


 

1. The Chocolate Factory is not a heated building.  Please dress as if attending an outdoor autumn event/festival.  We'll provide hot water bottles if it gets really cold.

 

2. The programme is continually changing.  Please check the website for the most up to date information.

 

3. ALL of the Sweet Like Cocoa events (except those taking place at QUAD) are free.  Please book and collect your free tickets from QUAD to gain entry to the Chocolate Factory. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL EVENTS.

Tickets for the events organised by other promoters should be booked as indicated.

...in association with Zen PR