THIS IS BRILLIANT! Our founder, Andrea - who still runs Dosoco along with Alex & Kirsten - has been listed in the The Observer as one of ‘50 new radicals’ whose ideas are changing the world.
New Radicals is a search led by Nesta, the innovation foundation, and The Observer to find the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges & make the world a better place. It was launched in 2012 and runs every 2 years, and the 2018 announcement was made on Sunday 16th September in the Observer newspaper and online… you can see the Observer article here, and the full and more detailed Nesta story here.
Andrea has created three growing businesses within the arts across Cambridge. The first, running since 2010 and the reason that Dosoco came to be, is We Are Sound, which delivers extraordinary sound experiences to the general public, using the general public. The group has recently finished a run of 19 sell out sound experiences totally in the dark, garnering rave reviews and being described as “One of the stand out experiences of my life”, “wonderful, moving, original, exceptional, beautiful”, and “one of those gigs I will take with me to my grave”. Check out the below video of those dark, haunting gigs!!!
The second is the new arts brand House of Cambridge, with its first immersive event, UNITED! - described as a “1940’s immersive hangar dance on steroids with a UK film premiere in the middle, plus cocktails” - taking place at the IWM Duxford on Saturday 29th September. Andrea’s vision for House of Cambridge (which she has co-founded with commercial whizz Jenny Nelder) is to encourage & draw together the city’s existing, brilliant, creative brands, festivals and thinkers to create extraordinary events that would be impossible without this collaboration, and then to add some extra magic on top. The film being premiered is WWII movie Magpie, shot entirely in East Anglia and directed by Paul Cook, and you can find out more about the event here.
But the third business of course is us!!! In 5 years, we’ve given away just under £20K to over 30 projects across Cambridgeshire using music & sound for social good. The amounts may not seem large - between £300-£1k per project - but every single penny makes a difference and helps change people’s lives for the better. And, though we’re just a tiny team of volunteers, we have bags of enthusiasm and a finely-tuned process of running our grant rounds, so we are going to continue doing this for as long as we can, and give out as much money as we can.
And actually the timing of this recognition of Dosoco’s work is perfect, as tomorrow we’re announcing our sixth round of funding (keep an eye out here for details). How cool is that :)