BlackFest returns for its third year with a digital arts festival

Emilee Geist

Liverpool’s Black arts festival BlackFest is returning for its third year with a virtual programme of events and performances. Book launches, music, panel discussions, spoken-word and poetry will all feature in the week-long festival that organisers say is ‘even more important in light of Black Lives Matter’. Launching on Monday, […]

Liverpool’s Black arts festival BlackFest is returning for its third year with a virtual programme of events and performances.

Book launches, music, panel discussions, spoken-word and poetry will all feature in the week-long festival that organisers say is ‘even more important in light of Black Lives Matter’.

Launching on Monday, September 21, the online programme will celebrate the work of Black artists and artists of colour, while creating spaces for provocative and important conversations around race, the criminal justice system, identity and social activism. All events are free of charge.

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BlackFest’s artistic director Jubeda Khatun said: “We’re really excited and proud to host BlackFest 2020. Despite the restrictions of Covid19, we’ve decided to go ahead anyway as we feel our message is even more important in light of Black Lives Matter and everything that’s happened this year.

“We have some incredible special guests this year and we’re looking forward to a thought provoking and inspiring week.”

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Programme highlights include:

● ‘Locks’: Prison Systems and Racial Profiling with Ashleigh Nugent, Tayo Aluko, and D. Hunter, in partnership with Unity Theatre. Monday, September 21.

● Children Authors: In Conversation with writers Phina Oruche and Patrick Graham. Tuesday, September 22.

● Art Practice and Protest with Ekua Bayanu, Ola Uduku, and Susan Goligher, supported by Tate Liverpool (Tuesday, September 22.

● Spoken Word And Poetry Night with Parri Richards, Sarah Louise, Addae G, Stephanie Robinson, Naami Jane Soya. Wednesday, September 23.

● Black LGBTQI+ Lives Matter with Mandla Rae, Felix Mufti, Akira Jeffers, Craig Adams and Iesha Palmer, in partnership with Homotopia (Thursday, September 24.

● Music Night featuring: Jennifer John, Tabitha Jade, Sub-Blue, HannahLynch and Gaia, LeeTz, Shak Omar, ft Yaw Owusu and a DJ set from DJ 2Kind. Saturday, September 26.

● Diversity Dialogues with Dr Leona Vaughn, Zita Holbourne, Ellis Eyo Thompson, Lawrence Westgraph, and Stephen NZe (Sunday, September 27.

BlackFest takes place online from September 21-27. For tickets click here and for further information visit BlackFest’s website.

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