Black Gold Arts and Contact have come together during Black History Month to deliver a line-up of outstanding Black-led art, performance and film, all supported and commissioned by BGA Festival and ourselves.
Scroll down for a snapshot of some of the live performances, exhibitions, talks and events we are bringing your way this month!
FIERCELY, YOU BLOOMED: FESTIVAL LAUNCH WITH KLEAVER CRUZ
19 OCTOBER 2021
We are joined by keynote speaker Kleaver Cruz to explore topics of Black Joy. Particularly in relation to Kleaver’s work on The Black Joy Project in the United States and reflect on the spaces where this joy exists. Click here for full details.
JOY IN BLACKNESS: AN ONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION
20 OCTOBER 2021
For this online event, Black Gold Arts Festival brings together a panel of speakers from the arts, journalism, and psychology to explore Black joy. Why is it so important to talk about, see, and celebrate black joy? How do we make more space for it? Click here for full details.
MELE BROOMES: WRAPPED UP IN THIS
21 – 22 OCTOBER 2021
A 40-minute film by Mele Broomes. Wrapped Up In This is a fictional representation of a caregiver, made from listening and reflecting on the truth of Black womxn. The narration of vocal melodies, dance and spoken word embodies a lingering question that haunts her. She asks herself: is this the way you want me to be? Click here for full details.
MELE BROOMES: BODY REMEDY MOVEMENT CLASS
22 OCTOBER 2021
Using exercise as a form of self-care and furthering one’s connection and understanding to the body, this workshop creates a space for physical and mental wellbeing through developing physical strength and flexibility. No experience in movement is required. Click here for full details.
MANDLA RAE: AS BRITISH AS A WATERMELON
23 – 27 OCTOBER 2021
The chance to watch the live world premiere of mandla rae’s ‘as british as a watermelon. ‘Writer and performer mandla rae has a selective memory and is scrambling to piece together a life mostly forgotten in the name of survival. Through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness. Click here for full details.
SICKBABE: PODCAST LAUNCH
28 OCTOBER 2021
Funny, frank chats with fellow #Sickbabes
Created by artist Suriya Aisha, Sickbabe is a podcast series of funny, frank chats with fellow #Sickbabes who exist and resist everyday with invisible physical health conditions. Click here for full details.
CHANJE KUNDA: PLANT FETISH ON DEMAND
29 OCTOBER 2021
Plant Fetish is written and performed by Chanje Kunda, re-imagined for camera by film director Juliet Ellis. The film is a dark satirical comedy. A black woman living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder discovered that plants reduce stress. Think ‘After life’ by Ricky Gervais meets Love Island, via Gardeners’ World. Click here for full details.
FUTURE MATTER // TALKS: CAN A SMALL MUSIC ECOSYSTEM AFFECT LARGE-SCALE CULTURE CHANGE?
29 OCTOBER 2021
Music artists creating legacies grace the stage for a panel talk.
For this discussion, we will see music artists creating legacies grace the stage for a panel talk exploring the importance of community in music today.
This event will also include a keynote speech by Despa Robinson, taking us through his experiences to date.
Black Gold Arts and Contact have come together during Black History Month to deliver a line-up of outstanding Black-led art, performance and film, all supported and commissioned by the two organisations. Keep your eyes peeled for additional events.