Kaepernicks’ silence during the national anthem spoke volumes — and so did his time on the bench. How do sportspeople engage with power and protest? When taking a stand (or a knee) what do our sporting idols risk and what remains after they've done so? In this panel, we explore the myriad possibilities and complexities of protest within sport.
Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series, and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter; Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show features a different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world.
‘History was distorted deliberately in particular ways and that legacy is still with us’ – Akala. What is the importance of preserving cultural history? How is what was taken during slavery and empire retraced and restored? Do our memories of the past affect our collective consciousness? And, who decides where and how black cultural memory is curated and preserved today?
Clara Amfo curates panel to discuss all things beautiful and Black. This panel will look to explore both the hardships faced by women of colour across the beauty industry, and the positivity of its future. Be prepared to feel invigorated, learn; led by the voice of our generation and joined by prolific women from across the spectrum.
Since inception, the beauty industry has failed to cater to the needs of black women. Today, we celebrate a new era with makeup brands finally stepping up to the palette. 20 year old Mata, MUA to Skepta, Stormzy and IAMDDB is the perfect guide, blending technique with the topical. Join Mata for tips, tricks and her journey of putting the colour back into mainstream beauty. Hosted by Emerald and featuring live makeup tutorials.
Is the artistic celebration of black people in film indivisible from activism in cinema ?
How is this realisation for black filmmakers, in front and behind the camera, leading a revolution that goes beyond race and is changing perspectives for those considered ‘other’.
Jordan Peele, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe – recent years have seen recognition for Black directors skyrocket. Yet, how do filmmakers reconcile their art and their activism? What were the precursors to their success, and how can these be replicated by rising stars? What will it take to increase representation in the art form of film, for all people seen as ‘other’?
Despite creating the sound now immortalised in musical history, Black musicians often did not reap the financial rewards of their talent. The birth of the blues often saw artists concealing the markers of their blackness at the behest of commercial record labels. Today, Dave’s ‘Black’ tops the charts and JHUS’s diasporic rap dominates dancefloors nationwide. This panel looks back at this journey, celebrates and interrogates; what does it mean if Black is the new blueprint for independent success?
The joy of the Black experience has long been immortalised by our comics: parents, work, relationships, institutions; the things that make us laugh are often they very things that make us KMT. Join Channel 4’s Big Narstie for a comedy showcase that promises to raise the roof on life.
The Black Writers’ Book Club is a community reading group designed to centre the scholarship and creativity of Black authors; a space for Black writing and those that love to read it. This workshop with writers, performers, and oral historians will explore the alchemy and power of Black literature. Founded by the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, co-originator of the world’s first MA in Black British Writing, BWBC lets you engage with stories and poetry from the past, present and future in a session designed to free the imaginary and reclaim your narrative.
The true story of Cornelius Walker, for whom everything changed on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Taylor was 11 – the same age as Walker. He lived five minutes away, and he had the same colour skin. When Walker’s mother moved their family out of London, Walker suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by a white gang. Black Sheep blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction to pose difficult, but highly topical questions about race and identity: who decides what makes us who we are? And what compromises are we prepared to make in order to fit in? This, the largest ever screening of this multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated documentary, includes a post-screen discussion – a chance to explore how its themes relates to us and how we can impact race, identity and belonging.
Our panellists highlight how it is possible to access the business side of the industry, touching on their own stories and revealing the issues they've faced around stereotyping and being confused for the artists. Since its launch in December 2018, the 56 Black Men movement, founded by Cephas Williams, has been breaking down naive stereotypes around black men and celebrating their achievements with campaigns across London.
Bringing The Shrine to London: live afrobeat served the Femi Kuti way, with a slice of hip hop and a side of dance. Lagosian dance hall New Afrika Shrine is part musical performance, part spiritual experience, fully steeped in Yoruba hospitality. Indaba X sees this atmosphere and energy transported to the Royal Festival Hall for a live, immersive performance, blending art forms and celebrating the legacy of Fela. Come and enrich yourself with the flavour of Ikeja - Nigeria’s most iconic venue.