CCI Staff takes part in Durty Bands charity concert

On Friday 29 November, University of Portsmouth staff from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries took part in the ‘Durty Bands’ event at the Wedgewood Rooms.


Durty Bands was a charity concert organised to raise awareness and funds about the No More Durty Water (NMDW) cause, a fundraising campaign to provide safe and sustainable water sources in Africa. They work with existing charities that share their creative and ethical views and they stage parties, concert performances and other creative events to help bring attention to the fact that clean water is a basic human right.


Three DJs (Mr Foot, The Chillmoister and Jonty) and three bands (Curl, Fake Empire and Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience) performed in support of the charity. According to NMDW, they raised over £1100 on the evening, which put them well on the way to funding another clean water project in Africa. They will be working with their fulfilment partners to ensure a suitable site is found in order to put the money to work as soon as possible.


Fake Empire is a “surging atmospheric indie rock” band, made up entirely by CCI Staff: Associate Dean for Students, Simon Brookes on guitars and synths, Service Delivery Manager, Les Black on vocals and guitars and Teaching Fellow, Becky Bellinger on live drums.


The event was led by NMDW Trustee Jonty Walker, and his wife, our Faculty Promotions Manager, Denise Callender and alumna Kelly Hickman helped with promoting the event, Sarah Parham, PA to the Dean worked on the box office, while Promotions Assistant, Cristian-Ionut Necula captured video of the performances on the evening.

“As a charity we rely on the goodwill of the local community to raise funds and generate interest in our activities.  I’d like to thank all the UoP staff, alumni and students that supported this event, which has raised over £1100 towards our next water project in Uganda. This will make a real difference to people living with water poverty, including the educational benefits of having a reliable and clean water source, where many school students have to walk for hours every day to collect and carry water by hand.” – Jonty Walker

If you want to support the charity, host a creative event in the future to raise funds for clean water, or simply to donate, you can still do so on their website.