To celebrate the end of the North American leg of her tour, Kate Nash held a joint album & tour wrap party at Norwood Arts Club in New York. As a Nash fan, I had quite high hopes for the event but was left a bit disappointed, though not necessarily through any fault of Nash’s.
The night began with a smaller group gathered for two screenings. First up was a clip from “Girl Rising,” a documentary that’s segmented into chapters, each focusing on one girl and her quest for education and empowerment. We viewed the “Egypt” chapter, the story of Yasmin that utilized animated footage to protect her identity. The clip was both visually and emotionally stunning, prompting many to use the Q&A time to inquire more about the girls and the film. While I did enjoy the excerpt and Nash using her visibility to bring attention to this campaign, it was also kind of weird because 1. She’s not directly involved with this project so it felt overly tangential, and 2. If the aim were to spread the word as much as possible, it would seem more efficient to open this event to all the people invited to the after party.
The second video was clips of Nash on a trip to Ghana with Plan, an organization with similar values as “Girl Rising” and that works with the documentary’s producers, 10×10. The video of Nash in Africa was, again, quite emotional and entertaining. I did like that they didn’t drag out either of the screenings, which made it feel like they wanted to show them for personal pleasure and informative purposes, not just to try to get money out of those in the room.
The Q&A portion followed the screenings, though the abruptness of it was unexpected and most questions stayed within the realm of the videos we had just watched. Most interestingly, Nash revealed that she began to get involved with UK schools because she noticed there are more male composers than female, that she realizes that ideological thinking doesn’t change overnight so she hopes to realistically help change the next generation, and that she believes one of the most important things that needs to be taught in school is self-esteem. Along with trying to close the gender gap in current composers, Nash was also inspired to help empower girls in other countries because “just because [she’s] not being exposed to that, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.”
Following the short Q&A session, all guests were invited to head to the bar and “hang out with Kate Nash.” We did as told, though Nash remained in the screening room talking with various people for about 45 minutes. For some reason I had gotten the thought into my head that Nash would be performing at the event, though after speaking with a couple of other people I realized I was the only one who thought that. After waiting for Nash to come mingle and then finding my chance to meet her and say hi, I couldn’t justify another $15 cocktail and left the party a little early.
Nash was so nice and charming to meet; she was so appreciative of literally every person who said hello and met every single with a hug. Though the night as a whole was a bit of a mish-mosh, Nash was quite lovely the entire evening.