Everything is New is an international arts project featuring and supporting Dalit 'untouchable' children in south-east India.
The project is in three parts:
a full-length album composed and recorded by Edinburgh-based art-pop band Marram with the children of the Light of Love Children's Home
a 29-track compilation album of exclusive new tracks from celebrated international artists, each using samples of the Light of Love Children’s Choir taken from Marram's Sun Choir album
a 70 minute feature film starring the children of the Light Of Love Children’s Home
Alongside the work of the Transgressive North and the children of the Light of Love Children's Home, the project features contributions from musicians such as; Bear in Heaven, Margaret Bennett, Califone, Capybara, Jarvis Cocker, Dan Deacon, Deerhoof, doseone, El Guincho, Four Tet, Gang Gang Dance, High Places, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Julian Lynch, Keepaway, Lucky Dragons, Marram, Matthewdavid, Max Tundra, No Age, Owen Pallett, Physical Forms, Ramona Falls, rRoxymore, Rustie, Slanter, Son Lux, Sun Airway, Taken By Trees, The Ruby Suns, White Hinterland and Yacht; and Scottish writers and poets Irvine Welsh, Valerie Gillies, Tom Leonard and Alexander McCall Smith.
The goal of the Everything is New project is to empower the children of the Light of Love Children's Home, many of whom have been rescued from bonded labour, child prostitution, homelessness and abject poverty. The project creates the opportunity for the children to 'star' in the cultural forms they themselves consider most meaningful - popular music and cinema.
Proceeds from the Everything is New project go to Scottish Love in Action, an Edinburgh-based charity which supports the Light of Love Children's Home and rescues, houses and educates destitute children elsewhere in India. A smaller percentage of proceeds goes to Transgressive North to help run similar outreach projects in the future.
To find out more about each part of the Everything Is New project, please follow the links on the Home page.
The Everything is New Project grew from a dialogue between the artists of the Scottish-based arts collective Transgressive North (TN), and the charity, Scottish Love in Action (SLA).
In 2006, Transgressive North member Jenny Chambers had visited the SLA-funded Light of Love Children's Home in Tuni (Andhra Pradesh, southeast India) whilst still at school, and found it an intensely positive institution deserving serious engagement and investment. Jenny convinced artists in the Transgressive North to enter a dialogue with SLA and collectively, the TN found they were deeply compelled by the plight of Dalit 'untouchable' children.
The notion of “untouchability” - that some children might be told they were less valuable than others - inspired the TN to develop the Everything is New Project as a vehicle to empower and support the children of the Light of Love Children's Home. The founding idea was to use the cultural forms which the children themselves found the most meaningful - popular music and cinema - to build funds and awareness in a project in which the children would participate. The project would attempt to counter any inherited preconceptions the children might have about their own value and legitimacy by giving them the opportunity to “star” in music and film works specifically designed to celebrate and empower their identities and means of expression.
The Everything is New project embodies the sum of 7 years of work, over several continents, with over 1,000 contributors, all working for free.