Find your gateway drug (into a more creative life)

Today’s post is a combo vlog-and-written post to share something I feel is very important.

At it again - 13 years later!

At it again – 13 years later!

Finding your gateway drug.

I am not advocating the use of narcotics, here – I am referring to the creative activity that opens the door to a more creative life for you.

Often, this is a group activity that brings you into contact with your ‘creative tribe’.

For me, it was African drumming.  Back in 2002 I was four years out of university, where I had a community of creatives around me all the time on my art degree.

I’d moved with my then husband to his hometown, a rather culturally-desertified market town in the South of England.

I missed the vibrant, inspiring creative people I’d spent time with but had no idea how to connect with that again.

You can find your creative tribe in a choir, ukulele band, writers group and many other places!

You can find your creative tribe in a choir, ukulele band, writers group and many other places!

My life still had art in it, but ‘real life’ had started to take a front row seat.  Painting was done in a space at the bottom of the garden, in my spare time.  I had started to learn Poi (a circus skill) from my sister, but my creativity felt very sidelined.  I even taught some art classes and was doing my teacher training to become an adult and community art educator.

So, there was art in my life – but it felt squished into the corners.

Then I saw a leaflet for a workshop and performance by Kakatsitsi and Red Centre Dreaming, an African drumming group and Australian Aboriginal dance group.  Something told me this was going to be a good way to spend my Saturday, so I paid for the tickets (discomfort arose around the cost, of course!) and went.

That day was my gateway drug.

I loved drumming, and more than that I felt at home during a day where I could play with my poi, dance, drum and talk to likeminded people.

It felt like waking up after a bad dream.

I found a local drumming circle run by a chap called Mike Noelle, and started to go monthly – again conquering the money blocks that arose with this regular expenditure on something ‘I didn’t need’.

At the drumming circle I met some friends and started a small nonprofit arts group, where I met Bik and Ziggy.  We started putting on our own events and dreaming of an art venue – which we eventually created in The Art House.

Today, I went to an international music festival – a community arts happening at the Courthouse.  It reminded me of my gateway drug, and I talk about it more in today’s vlog.

My day today - full of creativity of all kinds (lots of potential gateway drugs!)

My day today – full of creativity of all kinds (lots of potential gateway drugs!)

 

I am vlogging every day in February as part of Tamara Laporte’s challenge – if you want to watch the other vlogs, here they are:

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