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Guests Announced For Colours of COVID Series

Alchemy Arts are delighted to confirm a number of special guests who will be appearing on our upcoming Colours of COVID podcast series.

Funded by Arts Council England, the podcast series will focus on mental health, wellbeing and creativity during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

By delving deeper into some of the biggest issues and opportunities caused by COVID-19, we hope to encourage some of you to become creative as a result of the pandemic, but also make you better educated about the situation we currently face.

We will be taking a closer look at the idea of art therapy during lockdown, and to do this, we are going to be joined by Olatunde Spence, leading Art Psychotherapist and Trauma Therapist for Akoma Healing H’Arts.

COVID-19 has also had a huge impact on the music scene over the last few months, with gigs and festivals cancelled across the world. To look at the impact of the virus on musicians, Matt McClenan, lead vocalist for up-and-coming Manchester-based Indie Rock band Kaleiders, will be joining us to talk about his experiences.

There has also been a huge spike in the popularity of podcasts over recent months, and the ability to conduct these in a remote capacity has encouraged many to start podcasts of their own. One podcast that has hit the ground running is the popular fact-based ‘Baffled’ podcast, and we will be speaking to one if its co-founders, Mark Heads, to learn a little more about what it takes to make a great podcast. 

Staying fit and healthy during lockdown has been a big obstacle for many people, with gyms and health clubs closed for several months during 2020. Although some are now back open in a limited capacity, we will be talking with Lex Griffin, British bodybuilder, personal trainer and owner of Lex Fitness, to find out the best ways to stay physically and mentally fit during these uncertain times.

For those interested in the science and strategy behind controlling a virus, Dr Samia Latif, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England, will be talking about how a country deals with a pandemic, and whether the ‘new normal’ is here to stay.

Furthermore, we are delighted to welcome Zulfigar Khan, Great Health Care CEO, and the first confirmed COVID-19 survivor in the Midlands.


Adil Mohammed Javed, Alchemy Arts CEO & Artistic Director, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to be able to welcome guests from all walks of life to be a part of Colours of COVID.

“The project was designed to help people cope with the uncertain times we currently find ourselves in. 

“We’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s a case of stepping into the unknown for us as an organisation too. 

“Face-to-face meetings being stopped has meant we’ve been unable to deliver our programmes in the conventional sense. 

“By sharing stories about how people have coped and thrived, we are really trying to show others that they aren’t alone. 

“The guests that we’ve secured will not only help to educate others; they will provide some idea of how to get creative as a result of COVID-19, and we really hope to motivate others to follow in their footsteps. 

“We can’t wait to launch Colours of COVID properly, and show everyone how they can use the Coronavirus pandemic to make a positive change in their lives.”

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