032: Farris Bukhari (10b live arts incubator)

Farris Bukhari on Innovation City

“Sweat equity. It’s the blood, sweat, and tears that you put into a project that really offers the trust and the appreciation of the people that you are doing this for.” — Farris Bukhari

Welcome to Innovation City—powered by Venture Cafe—where Tyler Kelley and Michael Johnson, Co-Founders of SLAM! Agency, interview innovators, creators, and disruptors to discover how business is changing in the modern world.

Created and produced by SLAM! Agency in conjunction with Venture Cafe St. Louis and Venture Cafe Miami, Innovation City gives you an inside look at how rapidly business and culture are changing thanks to increasing diversity and inclusion, heightened creativity, and a stronger and better-connected business community.

Today’s guest is Farris Bukhari, Founder and Creative Director of 10b live arts incubator, Inc. Farris is a multi-disciplinary theater practitioner with over 20 years of experience as a writer, actor, director, producer, coach, and workshop leader. Find Farris and 10b on social media at @10blivearts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

They discuss:

  • 10b was founded to fill the void in Miami of support for live artists
  • The energy, flexibility, creativity, and youthfulness in Miami
  • Miami as a cultural capital with a cultural mix that is unlike anywhere else on the planet
  • What is live arts? Anything that involves live storytelling: theater, dance, spoken word poetry, physical theater, circus arts, music, and anything in between
  • Opening up the floodgates of multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • How Miami compares to New York, London, and ParisHow Miami and it’s live arts scene are constantly evolving
  • Miami Light Project
  • Nu Deco Ensemble
  • Where 10b came from; 10b is the plant hardiness climate zone that Miami is in, the only place like it in the continental US.
  • Building a live arts community as unique as the plants in this region
  • Miami’s similarities to his childhood experience in Jordan
  • Farris’ background; half-British, half-Jordanian — he spent his formative years in Jordan in the Middle East, where there weren’t a lot of theatrical outlets
  • Moving to the UK to pursue his acting career
  • Starting 10b to give artists the opportunity of self-determination
  • Creating opportunities for yourself
  • Miami’s brain drain in the arts
  • 10b’s vision: reversing brain drain in the arts community in Miami
  • Being a big fish in a small pond; leaving your mark
  • Artists who are thriving in Miami:
  • The power of education; giving kids the opportunity to express themselves artistically
  • Creating art requires building trust with the community
  • Creating innovative, groundbreaking live arts that will set Miami apart
  • Becoming a producer and exporting live arts talent around the country
  • Sweat Equity
  • Comparing the arts sector to the tech sector