Wednesday 30 January 2019
6.30 – 8.30pm
Thornton Heath Library
190 Brigstock Road
Join us for the first CR7Culture Networking event of 2019. Find out how local creatives have thrived and survived.
A year on from the successful Thornton Heath Light Festival and following our successful networking launch last June, join us for the first CR7Culture Networking of 2019.
Our theme for this event is: Creative Survival Strategies
You will get to hear from local creatives including a Q&A panel with Dexter Simms, founder of Mula Cake Clothing Ltd and Mula Cake Kids Club CIC who established his shop on Brigstock Parade, Thornton Heath in October 2017 and we will hear from Liz from Fashion Meets Music Pop Up Ltd who has set up in Centrale, Croydon, offering workshops, training and education in the creative industries to up skill people on current talents, or used as a tool to re-engage in either education, employment or enterprise.
We will also hear from the Thornton Heath Regeneration Manager, Zohra Chiheb who will talk about the Ambassador House forecourt development, Andrea Perry who will talk about the Reimagining Thornton Heath Project and also from Mark Huggett, TH resident who performed at last year’s TH Light Festival as the drummer of Skamonics. He will be talking about his jazz label Jazz Direct and his dream of recording project bringing together a wide variety of styles reflecting the diversity and range of talent in Thornton Heath. We are also happy to announce that there will be a short interlude performance from the opening act of the TH Light Festival – singer, Mitra Djalili who was once compared to Corinne Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse. She describes her sound as soulful jazz.
This is an opportunity to meet other creatives from Thornton Heath.
Programme (subject to change):
18:30 -19:00 Registration and networking
19:00 – 19:20 Welcome and short presentations
19:20 – 19:30 Performance: Mitra Djalili
19:30 – 20:00 Q&A panel (FMM + MulaCake)
20:00 – 20:30 Networking
Fashion Meets Music provides an interactive retail setting providing a unique customer experience. Recognised as “the starting point” for emerging artists in fashion, music, art and entertainment, Fashion Meets Music creates an innovative form of exposure for artists, a new scouting location for talent representatives, and a fresh outing for event goers. FMM is on a mission to bridge the gap between the Indie and Mainstream worlds and provide opportunity for previously unrecognised talent. This is done by creating a retail space at an affordable space for designers to product test, develop and sell their brand, and a showcase space for them to host fashion shows and musicians to perform their latest music.
Their social arm FMM Pop Up Ltd set up in Centrale, Croydon in 2018 which offers workshops, training and education in the creative industries to up skill on current talents, or used as a tool to re-engage in either education, employment or enterprise. With the workshop area to host these courses, as well as a small manufacturing/production area to run small runs for emerging brands that are not in the position to use big factories, this puts them in the exciting and unique position of being able to offer a brand training, manufacturing, retailing and exposure all under the same roof.
Mula Cake Clothing Ltd was established in London in 2013 and has proudly created and delivered over 86 pop-up shops across the UK. Before and during the pop-up shops period, you would be able to call Mr Simms 24 hours a day if you wanted to purchase his clothing line. Dexter Simms would deliver your order personally in his car or on foot: he highly appreciates people wearing his brand.
Founder and Director, Dexter Simms is a Black British man born in the 1980s and raised in South West London. Dexter was educated in a state school/college within South London where Black British men had a label to not succeed. Dexter Simms from an early age had always dreamed of running his own business and created and delivered a brand which he would solely own. To this day he lives this childhood dream. Today, Dexter Simms focuses on his brand, Mula Cake Limited. ‘Mula’ meaning money always helps one to feel happy about life and ‘Cake’ well they always bring a sense of enjoyment and pleasure to all who that eat them! were put together by its founder Dexter who believes that both items bring a mixture of fun and pleasure to everyone.
In 2014 Mula Cake Kids Club CIC was established. The clubs have been previously been supported by The National Lottery and are praised as centres that nurture and inspire children. Mula Cake kids Club are proud to send children home daily with a hot healthy meal, coupled with mindful education. In late 2017 Mula Cake Clothing opened its flagship shop located at 7 Brigstock Parade, London Road, CR7 7HW. With over a year of learning the clothing business on site, doing a lot of hard work and having the sheer drive and total commitment, this brand is now fully live and about to take the world by storm.