Chanje Kunda is a poet, playwright and performance artist based in Manchester. Some of her prominent performances include features at The Royal Albert Hall London and the Calabash Literature Festival Jamaica. During a residency in the Netherlands and she performed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Groningen. In 2015 she won the BBC’s Verb New Voices Award. She has also done a paid internship for ITV on story-lining for Coronation Street . Her collection of poetry Amsterdam was published by Crocus Books. She adapted this collection for stage and it has toured extensively in 2015 and 2016, including features at The Southbank Centre London, the National Arts Festival of South Africa, and at and the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe. Her last play Superposition was commissioned by the Lowry and did a UK tour in 2017- 2018.
In addition to her performance work, Chanje also set up Afrique Performs, a social enterprise, whose aim is to improve confidence and communication skills, as well as help to break down barriers to participation in the Arts, Music and Cultural Industries.She believes in using the arts as a tool for transforming lives by providing opportunities for people to participate in creativity, through workshops and performances. Through this enterprise Chanje did workshops in schools, colleges, hospitals, community centres, art galleries, prisons, and detention centres.