We welcome and are honoured to have the multi-award winning writer, Ben Okri as our keynote speaker for the first event in this timely series of Cultural Compounds.
Panelists during the day include:
Chardine Taylor-Stone - cultural producer and feminist activist, drummer for punk band Big Joanie.
Inua Ellams – award-winning poet, playwright and performer;
Kojey Radical – MOBO Nominated Artist, musician, poet, and mixed media visual artist.
Patrick Vernon - Social commentator and broadcaster
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff – Opinions Editor - 'gal-dem'
Kevin Le Gendre – music journalist
Ayishat Akanbi - fashion stylist, writer, cultural commentator
Kehinde Andrews –Director of the Centre for Critical Social Research (Birmingham City University) founder of the Organisation of Black Unity
Jacob Whittingham - Author of What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn't
Justin Mckenzie - Jazz Refreshed
Lola Okolosie - Journalist
Kinsi Abdulleh - Numbi Arts and Publisher of SCARF Magazine
Robi Walters - Visual Artist
Louise Clarke - Latimer Group
Caleb Femi - Poet
Wail Qasim - Journalist and Activist
The aims of Cultural Compounds are to:
*Explore how African diasporic communities can take the lead in shaping, building and safeguarding their cultural entities
*Examine and challenge cultural, artistic and curatorial practices, theories and traditions as they relate to race, representation and identity with reference to people of African descent.
*Create an environment for live and online dialogue to exchange ideas and opinions and highlight urgent questions about Afro-Modernist cultural expression and inheritance in the UK and beyond.
The symposiums consist of panels of arts practitioners, activists, theorists and artists from UK and abroad plus performance and possibly film.
Panel themes cover Cultural Theory, Music, Style (with a focus on hair) and Idols and Icons.
All themes for the panels will be interpreted broadly and tabled with a remit to include questions on race, place and identity for artists of African descent in Europe.
Organisers: The Watch-Men Agency, African Writer's Abroad, Picture Bright
The full programme will be available at the end of October.
Books will be on sale.
Our Early Bird ticket prices end on 6 November 2016
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Photo credit: Angela Catlin
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at time of booking. Failure to do so will lead to an upgrade to full price at the door or may lead to cancellation.
For SOAS STUDENT SPECIALS, student ID must be uploaded within 24 hours of booking otherwise the ticket will be automatically cancelled.
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