Parisa Eliyon a writer, events organiser, and singer living in Nottingham
Co-founder of music business Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, alongside Joe Buhdha, she promotes hip hop, jazz and soul, bringing international megastars to the city, and building a brand which has evolved to being one of the most recognisable for quality music events in Nottingham. From the first sell out event in February 2013, the duo have worked independently and in collaboration with others, and have hosted Klashnekoff, Rodney P, DJ Premier, Big Daddy Kane, MC Supernatural, Roy Ayers, Grandmaster Flash, Omar, Hot 8 Brass Band, and most recently the legendary Lonnie Liston Smith and Terri Walker. With a grass roots mentality sewn into a global vision, CSWS supports local artists and underground talent, featuring Harleighblu, Cappo, Karizma, Ady Suileman and more in their line-ups.
Developing a portfolio as a writer, Parisa came out of university unsure of her future, and so threw herself into getting as much work experience as possible. She has been published in local press Leftlion and Nottingham Post, a guest blogger for Creative Nottingham, and is now a paid freelance copywriter. Her work has reached all continents, with artist biographies, press packs, website content and more for clients like the World Event Young Artists (WEYA), Nottingham City Council, CAMplan Architecture, Todo Latino Dance co, and Joff + Ollie.
She is also a published poet and songwriter, with natural lyricism part of her Persian ancestry. Vocalist in digital reggae/dancehall group Origin One, and solo singer working on many projects, Parisa gets a deep sense of pleasure from language, exploring old ones, learning new ones, using metaphors and clever wordplay to put a profound spin on simple observations.
As a singer, she is liked for her tone; described as jazzy, soulful, different, unique; having a strong sense of rhythm in her flow. From the age of 2 years old she was dancing ballet, tap and other styles, and now moves in time to bass lines with ease.
Still on a journey of self-development, Parisa tries to put the earth at the heart of her movements, passionate about environmental causes. Writing for a project on the conservation of bees, working on the Frack Free Nottinghamshire campaign, and spending time doing permaculture at PIP Wednesdays, Parisa knows that her voice and communication skills are destined to tell the stories that need to be heard.