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“Black joy is an act of resistance” (The Black Joy Project)


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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?

This event follows on from the Black Gold keynote speech by Kleaver Cruz of The Black Joy Project. It’s a collaboration with the team behind An Anthology of Joy, a community exhibition of small moments of joy that’s open at Contact from 8-23 October. 

A panel of women and non-binary speakers from Manchester and the UK will meet online for an in-depth discussion of what joy means to Black people, how we find it and nourish it. 

The artwork for this event is by Tina Ramos Ekongo, from her black women on cardboard series. Tina contributed to An Anthology of Joy, and she’ll be joining the panel to discuss her work further. 

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.


Meduulla is a 22-year-old Rapper and Poet born in Zimbabwe, raised in Manchester. An avid speaker and activist she has spoken out on pertinent social issues such as racism, colonialism and migration both in her music and through various other platforms. This year she was selected as one of 6 finalists to appear on the BBC’s national rap competition “Rap Game UK”.

Myah Jeffers is a Barbadian-British award-winning documentary and portrait photographer, dramaturg and director, living in London and working across the UK and internationally. Myah’s work interrogates themes of the diaspora, mental health, Queer existence and intergenerational dynamics within Black communities. Myah’s work has been featured in a host of publications, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent and in collaborations with a plethora of institutions such as Tate and Somerset House. She is part of the London Creative Network (LCN) programme with Four Corners, a recent graduate of the South London Gallery Film School, Black Light Blue Studios and an alumna of The Birmingham REP Foundry programme.

Dr Erinma Ochu is a neuroscientist and storyteller working at the intersection of the arts, emerging technologies and immersive media. They are a Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Communications in the iSchool at Manchester Metropolitan University. Erinma’s transdisciplinary research is concerned with inventing immersive cultural forms to interogate perception and consciousness. They are founder of #OpenLight, a platform for collaborative learning emerging from knowledge exchange with culturally diverse artists and cultural entrepreneurs creatively experimenting with technology, for world making.

Tina Ramos Ekongo is a Spanish-Equatorial Guinean visual artist and illustrator who lives and works in England. She was born in 1987 in Malabo Equatorial Guinea, grew up in Spain between Madrid and Zaragoza, and moved to the UK in 2011. Her work is mainly portraiture, and is very influenced by African traditional murals on health campaigns and the artwork found in African barbershops and hair salons. Her use of cardboard as a canvas for her work shines a light on the undervaluing of Black women in Western societies. 

Precious Tawia is a mental health practitioner training to be a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. She has a passion for mental health advocacy, especially in black and ethnic minority communities. Holding events and safe spaces off and online, Precious takes pride in removing the stigma around mental health conversations and mental well-being. She is the founder of PSYCOOL, a mental health community interest company, birthed out of a depressive episode of her own. Precious uses her years of study, her lived experience and her genuine passion for others as a driving force to change the way in which mental health is perceived, whoever the person may be. 

The panel will be hosted by Black Gold Arts Festival favourite, Zimbabwean-born and Manchester raised rapper Meduulla!


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Date Time & Place
Wednesday 20 October 7:00pm
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