*One of the poster faces for Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 win
*Trustee of PCC Church of England
*Trustee of Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust
*Arts Council England; North Area Council Dev. Scheme
*Yorkshire Producing Collective
*Bradford Producing Hub; Creativity Council
*Provocateur on 106.6 FM Radio
*Collaborated with 2-time Grammy award winner Lekan Babalola to curate a jazz percussion rendition with John Coltrane as a study
*Blogger for The Reviews Hub London
*Performed in Academy award-winning director of 12 years a Slave; Steve Mcqueen‘s HANDS art Project
*Voice curated Audio/Photo exhibition ‘Seeing Asylum” for Refugee Week 2022; commissioned by Centre For Applied Social Research (CeASR)- Leeds Church Institute -and facilitated by Criminology Expert/Author Maria De Angelis
*Channel 4: Banter with Strictly Come Dancing Judge; Anton Du Beke https://youtu.be/L9R_1BXADWU
*Performed with Japanese choreographer Jija Sohn in her piece Tamago at Transform International Festival 19
*Pearl Thusi character in the A10 Africans In London Campaign, launched by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and his son Kojo Annan, as a vehicle to support the empowerment of African diasporans.
*Bradford Council curator of IWD digital piece ‘Loud-Straws’ featuring Jordan Stephens of music group Rizzle Kicks and Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Lisa Holdsworth
*BBC Years and Years featuring Jessica Hynes and Rory Kinnear.
*Channel 4 Great British Sex.
...to mention a few.
In 2015 she became a voice character-actor for Euro Talk UK
Kafayat also works as …
*Folk-Jazz singer (singing folk improv tunes) *Warm-up act for 2time Grammy winning Percussionist Lèkan Babalola & the Sacred Funk Quartet
*Tour assistant to Grammy nominee; Seun Kuti & Egypt80 (The legendary band of Fela Kuti)
*Green Room Coordinator, Live at Leeds Music Concert
*Manager and Road associate to International pop artist Olu Maintain – recorded with 50cent’s G-UNIT firstlady Olivia, US reality star Natalie Nunn, and Hypeman Fatman Scoop.
Kafayat is an extremely reliable and efficient stage manager…
*Stage Manager, QM Records/ The Underground Live Music Venue featuring Haze Da Martian and Blazer Boccle.
*Stage logistics, BADDEST BOY concert/ Ocean View / featuring WizKid, Banky W, Eldee. 1908 Connect
*Stage Manager, A Not So Silent Night annual Christmas gig, Vital Culture / Mill TV featuring BBC SilverFinger Singh, DJ JLud, Shantelle King.
*Artists’ welfare, DJ Abrante concert, Somerset House.
*Rehearsal logistics & Artists’ Liaison, HEADIES Hiphop Awards, Smooth Promotions / 1908 Connect
*Logistics, ROCK DA MIC Records music talent hunt for Felabration concert carnival
*Assistant Stage Manager, Cyber Sound Entertainment Records (Sydney-Australia registered)
*Bar Supervisor, Dubai Lounge & Night Club London
*Music Video Production Manager, Malio Entertainments
BD:Fest23, Sarcastic- Idiot; Alternative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – durational exhibition, 2023
Cambridge Junction, Jòko (sit on it); Art & The Living Body in Performance – Exhibition, 2022
Arts Council England, Project Grant, 2022
Martin Firell/ Channel 4, Out of the Ordinary – Film
Barrel Organ / Camden People’s Theatre, The Monster That Feminism Made Me, 2021
Arts Council England, DYCP, 2021
Bradford Council, Loud -Straws (International women’s day project featuring Jordan Stephens of music group Rizzle Kicks and Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Lisa Holdsworth, 2021
Bradford Council, Queer Down, (Mid Pandemic Project on avoiding‘Covid-iots’, 2020
PER-SO-NA, One-woman show, Lighthouse Poole 2022, Crucible Theatre Sheffield 2021, Bridge House Theatre London 2021, Theatre in the Mill Bradford 2020, Tetley Art Gallery Leeds 2018
She holds a Masters in Performance, and B.A in Film &Television as well as several masterclasses with reputable professionals that have helped enhance her skills. She is spotlight registered.
Kafayat has been about a bit.
Her one-woman shows has toured internationally including venues like Konstepidemin Göteborg, The Harbour in Bray. Nationally at Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Cambridge Junction, Lighthouse Centre for the Arts Poole, Vortex Jazz Club London, Centre For Live Art Yorkshire (CLAY) Leeds, Tetley Art Gallery Leeds, amongst others. She has featured in social-impact campaign Ads across billboards and the Web, on award-winning TV programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4, and more recently on BBC 2.
‘In all my work, the aim is to stimulate debate about the prospects of living humanely while exploring the building and rebuilding of our higher consciousness, and is very much a reflection of the times, our shared stories, spaces, and lives. I make site-responsive and intimate time-based work both live with the audience as witness, and in isolation with my camera and my #vulva as witness’.
She is a character-performer. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Lolly Adefope, Josh O’Connor, Ryan Reynolds as Blue shirt Guy, Maggie Smith, Jennifer Coolidge, Simon Farnaby, and 50Cent.
*Panel Speaker – CLORE LEADERSHIP: Governance Now (Midlands Arts Centre)
*Speaker – Journalism & Media Week Leeds Trinity University
*National Literary Trust appointed Speaker at the UK screening of Netflix documentary ‘Knock down the House’ (following congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to Senate) at the National Science and Media Museum
*Speaker, Woke Minority Heritage Summit, Strike A Light / Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
A mouth-piece for women’s visibility and has been invited to speak at various women-oriented events like Venus radio International Women’s Day broadcast, Park Avenue Ladies Cricket International Women’s day event, and Bradford Transformed – International Women’s Day event.
Funding/ Grant Panel
*The Big Commission (£60k grant for new work to premiere at BD: Festival 2023), Bradford producing Hub and Bradford Council
*Being Great Storytellers Programme, Bursary and Training, BPH
*New Queers On The Block Commission (£3k grant to develop and deliver an event which centres the LGBTQIA+ community in Bradford), Theatre in The Mill and Malborough Arts – Brighton, Instigator Sonia Sandhu.
*Make Work; Your Idea, Your Way Commission (£18k grant to support those great ideas that have been waiting for the right opportunity), Bradford Producing Hub and Creativity Council
*Take my Sunshine Away, Film, Falling Stars Theatre/ Mind Matters for Education, Mercedes, 2022
*BBC 2, Precious Hair and Beauty Film
*Foster4Leeds, Adopting and Fostering Campaign Ad, Pocket Projects//Leeds City Council
*BBC 1 Years and Years TV drama featuring Jessica Hynes and Rory Kinnear.
*First Bus Company Travel Ad, Adam Web
*Channel 4 Great British Sex documentary.
*Alternative Research Project CYP6034, Training Film, Trinity Vision / Leeds Trinity University
*Manchester City premier league Ad (Project Restart), Cisco /Milk Money TV
*Hosted a segment at the Red-carpet of London Beach Rugby 2018.
*Co-ordinated Red Carpet for the premiere of Basira in London Movie / Odeon Cinema Greenwich/ DJA Media
Project Manager/ Facilitator
Kafayat project-managed the Nelson Mandela spoof at Ravensbourne London, used as the opening skit for the Screen Nation Film and TV Awards / Park Plaza Hotel Westminster.
* Co-ordinated the Redcarpet for GLAM Africa Fashion show/ Awards London,
* Facilitated the Global Bradford Migrant storytelling session at the Bradford Festival; a National Literacy Trust Project
*Nothing Hill Carnival London; Western Union Corner
*Assistant venue co-ordinated Leeds International Film festival
*Audience coordinator Light Night Leeds
*Front of house Leeds Young Film Festival.
She engaged with learning disability arts with Mind the Gap Theatre company and toured Germany together after supporting in rehearsals on CONTAINED; a project exploring the issue of disability and changing the dominant narrative that disability is not inability
Other stage performances include: Searching for the Heart of Leeds (Malena) Leeds Playhouse, Inner Circle (Maya) Displace Yourself Theatre/ The Arc Stockton, Not an Open Mic; Women’s Comedy Theatre in the Mill, Revolution Bradford (Red Leader) Freedom Studios, Space Wars (Slimax) Wrongsemble Theatre, The Lonely society (Ione) Common Chorus Theatre, This Space Is Occupied (Apinke) Bent Architect Theatre, Superheroes (Black Panther warrior princess Zinger) Wrongsemble Theatre.
She performed alongside Bollywood star Siddharth Jadhav.
Dragons den parody; Dragon on the web series with Kinotrigger Productions.
Kafayat is currently touring her choreography-in-wider-context show iN Monologue With My Mom; Redress of my childhood trauma, and Humanities exhibition Jòko (sit on it): Art and The Living Body in Performance in Europe and the UK.