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Just A Day is an initiative founded by Helen Epega (The Venus Bushfires) that creates and facilitates world class expressive arts workshops. We use music, art, drama, dance, poetry and storytelling to inspire, engage and empower.
Helen Epega (The Venus Bushfires) is a Nigerian-British singer-songwriter, composer and performance artist. In 2008 she founded the Just A Day initiative, which designs and facilitates world-class expressive arts workshops, harnessing the time and skills of creatives, leaders and visionaries to engage, inspire, empower, heal, promote wellbeing and bring about positive personal and social change.
Her musical and expressive arts career includes work with Sir Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Christian Dior, Sony PlayStation, Disney, Saatchi Gallery (London), London Fashion Week, Victoria and Albert Museum, HRH The Prince of Wales Charities, World Health Organisation, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and UNICEF.
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Her performances and workshops span the globe, from Benin City to Brazil and she has been featured on BBC, CNN, France 24, Reuters, New York Times, The Guardian (UK) and many other media outlets.
Through the JAD initiative Helen uses music, art, drama, dance, poetry and storytelling to inspire, engage, educate, entertain, empower, share ideas and train in a dynamic way. JAD partners with organisations in the public, private and third sectors and works to promote and explore wellbeing, emotional expression/intelligence, team building, communication skills, leadership and conflict resolution in communities and the workplace alike.
She launched her first fashion line ‘The Venus Bushfires Collection’ in 2014. The line was designed, sourced and produced in collaboration with three generations of women in her family in the ancient City of Benin, Nigeria www.thevenusbushfires.com/store
Helen has written and composed the world’s first pidgin (broken English) opera ‘Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera’, which debuted in London in 2015 and has since been performed in Cape Town and Lagos. Her music explores the ethereal sounds of the hang (rare instrument), the power of the talking drum and the quirks of children’s toys; cross-fertilising multiple visual and musical styles. Her compositions harness influences from avant-garde, psychedelic, tribal and meditative arts and draws inspiration from musical pioneers such as Fela Kuti and Kate Bush, creating music and stories that explore the sensual and the spiritual. She describes her ambient and eclectic sound as Cinematic Afro-folk.