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  • About the KTF - BBC Radio 6 Interview (extract)

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    For more information please read this extract from an interview for BB6 by Richard Foster: 

    What is main objective of KTF?

    The main objective is to fund raise for people in need. This may be through a disaster ( such as the tsunami and earthquakes), or as recently, to local charities who have ongoing projects within the community.

    Something that was our objective right from the start was to give money to small structures who were operating in the areas we proposed to target. For instance, when the tsunami struck South East Asia, we did not send money to the main funds based in the UK, but rather to a locally-sourced charity, SOS; a charity already set up in Indonesia to help orangutans. They were already there and were able to allocate resources to help people in the affected area. In this case, the big organisations for one reason or another were unable to arrive quickly to this badly hit part of Indonesia. 

    Burma also illustrates well the benefits of the KTF. The place is very hard to operate for foreign agencies who were struggling to be allowed in during the terrible flooding.  Through a local contact we managed to get money there safely and directly into a project that was already in motion. This project had been set up as soon as disaster struck by a company called Pandaw, who turned their two river cruise boats into hospitals.

    In essence when people come to our gigs they will be helping very specific projects: help building a school, a mobile library, a boat turned into an hospital. 

    These were very conscious choices. We wanted to maintain a link between a very local fund-raising effort with a very local action. This provides a clear link and it helps to build a sense of identity for everyone who attends our gigs. Local  to local if you like. 

    We avoided the large funds – which can be pretty abstract   - because the large structure can also have its pitfalls in a moment of crisis. Besides, given that we don't raise huge amounts,  we also didn't want to pay for all the bills that these structures have. Instead of paying for the job of a top executive in these organisations, we are helping people who are already on the ground often without any payment. They deserve all the help they can get. 

    The large organisations do brilliant work and have an infinity of urgent projects in crucial areas but there are gaps open for small set ups such as the KTF. 

    What is your view of "donation fatigue" - is it genuine or just an excuse for not giving?

  • Delphi Newman

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  • Donica

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  • Emma Lyndon-Stanford

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    Emma has been involved with the KTF from the outset. 

    She runs Dreamas, a drama company for kids where she writes the play around the characters the children make up; then together, they work on character, relationship; and perform it. 

    She's also an actress. Her last roles were:

    • Charlotta in Chekov's Cherry Orchard (review extract by Bill Horslen: "...though for me the funniest performance was that of Emma Lyndon-Stanford as Charlotta, the family governess – as finely judged a piece of character acting as I’ve seen in Hampstead Parish Church....")
    • Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It
    • Mrs Arbuthnot in Wilde's Woman of No Importance
    • Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. 

     

    She will be playing Portia in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, in May 2014.  

    Singing is another talent she has, having performed in a number of operas, but also more contemporary stuff, soul, country, blues, etc...

    Links: http://www.dreamas.co.uk/

     

  • Harvey Birrel

    HarveyWorking as a sound engineer and producer Harvey has recorded in excess of 130 albums and numerous EP’s and singles to much critical acclaim. Working mainly in the alternative side of the industry he has made some of the more colourful and ground breaking records and continues to strive to bring that ‘exciting edge’ to his work.

    Clients Include:-

    • Buzzcocks 
    • Therapy?            
    • Chelsea Wolfe             
    • Crass                      
    • Dub War               
    • Jim Jones Review            
    • Ariel Pink             
    • Goldblade             
    • And So I Watch You From Afar
    • Johnny Foreigner    

    JOHNNY FORIEGNER Arcs Across the City (Best Before), ‘Some of the most exciting indie-pop sounds put to record by a British band in a long while… domestic debut album of the year - hands down’ - 10/10 DROWNED IN SOUND

    AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR 'maybeshewill'  (Smalltown America),
    10/10
 BBC RADIO ONE
    Nominated for the Choice Music Award Best Album category
     

  • Hugh Nott

    Hugh

    For some time after Agricultural college, I traveled, with the Free festival convoy, and with Sadhus in India, after studying Herbalism, I started a career in Film, wrote several shorts and cut 16mm film in a ram shackle edit suite in Seymour st. Then moved on to direct my own works, on Aurveda, Yoga, and some pop promos. Later with Rubber Moon Productions, principally Directing a Documentary on Hats called Headcase, I won the Reely Film Competition for my camerawork
    (16mm, Super 8 and 35mm), and started to shoot stuff on the 'new' Digital formats.
    Working with Spillinglight Films we made several films in India and Taiwan on the Kumbh Mela and the Yenshui Fireworks festivals respectively.
    I returned to Help Gulrukh Khan produce and edit a huge work on Dolphins, called Blue Velvet in Sinai, and later Mantra for the Millennium for the Hinduja Brothers. This hard-hitting environmental short was a forerunner of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth', which took a few pages from our work.
    Since then I have become a keen Urban Beekeeper, and writer. I organize events for a local fundraising group called the Kensal Town Fund; we raise monies for local and international charities in various venues in west London.

  • Joao Sarmento

    JoaoJoao has been involved with the KTF from the begining. He also run s a local site for the West London  areas of Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, Queens Park and North Kensington - TheSourceMAg.net

  • KP

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  • Piers Thompson

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  • Poster for the March 14th Party

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    Check it! Spread it! Attend it! 

    Also check the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/614063572003090/

  • Rob Franks

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    Robert Franks is a B2B web applications developer and social media entrepreneur par excellence.
    He runs WeLoveFestivals.com where music festival lovers gather to share their experiences
    and has been involved with KTF since the very first gig.
    Visit the YouTube channel to watch extraordinary footage of the Taxi Cab Acid Trips
     
    http://www.youtube.com/user/WeLoveFestivals
     
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/robertrfranks
     

  • Sean Downey

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  • Sue Seven

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  • The gig is confirmed for 14th of March

    The gig is confirmed for 14th of March.