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Heart n Soul Now was an event that we held to celebrate the award of an MBE to both Pino Frumiento and Mark Williams for services to Disability Arts. 10 artists chose their favourite Pino classic and then performed their own individual spin on the track.

The event was attended by various high profile speakers and politicians and was a powerful recognition and endorsement of the work of Heart n Soul.

2010 was also the second year that we took the Beautiful Octopus Club to the Paradise Gardens Festival in Victoria Park in Hackney where we ran the club over 2 days for the first time.

It was fantastic to see the BOC integrated into a mainstream festival on our own terms and amazing to offer loads of artists and performers the opportunity to perform to loads of new audiences – and The Fish Police got to play on the main stage too!

Look out for more trips down memory lane on our News page!

julySandra Reynolds