Threads’ goal is to amplify today’s global cultures, providing a platform for creative exploration and positive self-expression. In ten months we have built an international platform that promotes individuals, communities and different localities through broadcast, editorial, live performances and events.
Our current home in Tottenham Hale is due to be redeveloped and we will have to move. Originally we were to move in January 2020, but following an unexpected announcement by our home The Cause, we’ve been afforded more time so we want to find the right space to realise our ambitions for Phase 2. So we are asking for your help to raise £7,500.
This money will be spent on:
- repairing, upgrading and investing into our broadcasting, recording and video equipment and digital infrastructure.
Purchasing new video equipment to be able to draw more attention to certain content. Repairing and maintaining that which is in use 12-16 hours a day 24/7, while safeguarding against any downtime from malfunctions, breakages and the pressure placed on infrastructure by expansion. Investing into our website and social media.- financially preparing to move home and build new studios.
The costs involved in relocating and fitting out our new space will be high. Studio design, manual labour and materials. To fulfil Threads’
ambitions and aspirations, we want to build a multi-room, multi-functional space for broadcasting live shows, recording pre-record shows and podcasts, filming and live-streaming, providing space for DJ and production lessons, and hosting an office and creative meeting spaces.
Which will put us in a position to:
- develop education programmes and facilities:
Some of Threads’
strongest aspirations revolve around opportunity and access - helping people to develop their skills within radio, DJing, audio production, podcasting and film making. This would be further enabled by investment into new space and equipment. As the arts is under pressure in mainstream education, with less opportunity for people to develop practical skills in this industry, we want to build a creative hub that provides such a platform.
- stream partnerships / pop-ups / invest further in our international community.
To complement our regular programming, we pride ourselves on providing a broadcast platform to micro-communities around the world via our pop-up events. Traveling to all corners of the world, celebrating subcultures and exploring the threads that bring us all together. Sustaining and executing this to the highest possible standard requires infrastructure that we do not yet have.
ABOUT THREADS RADIO
Threads is a dynamic internet radio community with two streams:
- Threads (stream 1: live shows from our Tottenham studio)
- Threads* (stream 2: pre-recorded, live and pop-up content from neighbourhoods across the world)
In the time since we began in January 2019 we have:
- broadcast over three hundred unique shows every month
- grown a strong Threads
international community with shows in at least 25 countries
- hosted events and pop-ups in 22 different localities / 10 countries / 3 continents
- garnered thousands of followers on our social media and audio channels.
We've interviewed musical pioneers like Juan Atkins, Chez Damier, Flying Lotus, Lee Scratch Perry, Nightmares on Wax, Roots Manuva, Cinthie, 2 Bad Mice and A Guy Called Gerald; hosted grime cyphers with the likes of Trim, Flirta D, Jendor and Killa P; broadcast shows from incredible community projects and charities such as Inspire, Bubble Club, the Hospice Biographers and Headway East London; and seen acts like Dusk & Blackdown, CJ Bolland, Jerome Hill, Nihiloxica, Lia Mice, Drew McDowall, Fauzia and Sully play sets on Threads’ airwaves.
While we are a new addition to Tottenham amidst mass redevelopments and renovation projects, we aim to create a positive feedback loop within our immediate community. We aren’t old Tottenham, we aren’t new Tottenham: we’re both.
We’re involved with the Haringey Migrant Support Centre which supports people with jobs, housing, healthcare and citizenship applications. We've partnered with local communities and venue ‘Grow Tottenham’ to help raise over £4000 for the Seven Sisters Latin Village legal fight against forced evictions and redevelopment. We work to give a platform to LGBTQ+ communities, and recently raised over £1200 as part of a Trans-Awareness event at Dalston Superstore.
We need your support to build on these achievements and ensure the resilience of Threads! Please donate anything you can spare - sharing and liking our crowdfunder posts is also a huge help. Thank you!
SOMETHING IN RETURN: THREADS48
This crowdfunder will end at 23:59 on Sunday December 15th
. We're culminating in a worldwide, 48-hour, non-stop streaming event, across both our channels, with a plethora of special guests and Threads crew.
Running, 00:00 14-Nov-19 until 23:59 15-Nov-19, you can look forward to:Threads
(stream 1) – 48 hours of DJs, live performers and discussion, all live from our Tottenham studio.Threads*
(stream 2) – 48 hours of live broadcasting from 24 different localities around the world, 2 hours from each.
FULL LINE-UP TBA TUES 10th DEC!
Please support this Crowdfunder, helping us to grow and sustain such an all-encompassing culturally/curationally/geographically broad project and to reinforce Threads’
Some of Threads' MGMT crew.
Resident show: The Hospice Biographers, discussing the hospice movement, live on air at our Tottenham studio.
Resident show: The Creative Alliance - platforming black voices, youth and culture.
Resident show: 'Come We Grow' w/ Mona Bani of May Project Gardens, a charity addressing poverty, disempowerment and access to resources and influence.
Poster for our recent Threads x Dalston Superstore Trans Awareness Fundraiser.
Poster for Threads x Grow Tottenham x Latin Village Community Fundraiser.
Garden party at our Threads*Aubervilliers (Paris) pop-up.
Interviewing local musicians at our Threads*MKC (Skopje, Macedonia) pop-up.Local label panel discussion at Threads*Arroios (Lisbon) pop-up.
Listen live and access our archive of recorded shows at:www.threadsradio.com