A Blakean Birthday Party - Tate Britain
Following Bad Boy Billy Blake's Big Birthday Bash held at The Ivy House on Sunday in Nunhead, a Blakean Birthday Party was today held at Tate Britain on what would have been his 250th Birthday.
I received a phone call asking me to bring along the placard I had made of Blake's dictum I Must Create My Own system Or Be Enslaved By Another Man's for Sundays event - given the short notice it was only possible to transport the actual boards not the entire piece - and so I joined a host of Blake devotees, poets and performers at the event, organised by Mental Fight Club and Tate Britain. Many wonderful perfomances including musicians who had set the Songs of Innocence and Experience to music. Too many names to remember, but here are some photos of the event.
The I Must Create My Own system Or Be Enslaved By Another Man'sSlogan
Jazzman John Clarke
These two performers set two of Blakes songs to music, including The Sick Rose
Paul Howard and Jo Clack, who have set twelve of Blake's songs to music, performed several at the event.
A wonderful ornamental Cake for Blake, was lit, and after a chorus of Happy Birthday, Dear William, was eagerly eaten.