Liverpool’s exciting black arts festival, BlackFest, returns for 2019 with an exciting and diverse line up of dance, visual art, music, film, spoken word and theatre! If you love creativity and culture then this week long festival over multiple venues in September is something you won’t want to miss!

A celebration of black and ethnic minority arts in our region, BlackFest returns for its second year between 23rd and 29th September and will feature a fascinating range of performances. Whether you’re into movies, music, poetry or art, there’s something for everyone and it’s open for anyone to attend. Here we bring you details of what’s on and where….

For the BlackFest website CLICK HERE!

Mon 23rd Sept

What: Launch & scratch night. BlackFest opening night presents a 20 minute immersive exploration of black experiences through dance, excerpts of spoken word poetry and music setting the tone for the festival, followed by two plays that are works in progress. Featuring award wining writer, poet and performer Ash Nugent and singer and playwright Tayo Aluko.

Where: Untity Theatre at 7pm, tickets £8

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Tue 24th Sept

What: Independent film. Pink: Past & Present by First Take Productions. Recipient of Lesbian and Gay Foundation ‘Homo Hero Award’, First Take’s ‘Pink: Past and Present’ is an insightful and colourful documentary made by pioneers, ground breakers, heroes and sheroes of the Liverpool LGBT community. The film celebrates the heritage of Liverpool’s LGBT scene.

Where: FACT from 10am until 12pm, tickets £5 and popcorn included

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Tue 24th Sept

What: Healing Day. A chance for the community to come together, network, view and shop local businesses at various stalls. Lush will also be present on the day. As well as various stalls, there will also be workshops featuring meditation, somatic ritual, writing and communication.

Where: Blackburne House from 2pm until 5pm, free but donations welcome

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Wed 25th Sept

What: Rhythms. A night of music and rhythms from up and coming artists from Liverpool. A night filled with a fusion of afro beats, electronic dance music, R&B, rap and more! Featuring talented artists such as Blue Saint, Kyami, Day Seb, Paper Plates, Ice and others.

Where: 24 Kitchen Street from 7pm, tickets £5 — £8

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Thur 26th Sept

What: Hear Me Now. A unique collection of monologues performed by BAME actors, pulled from an original book of over 80 audition pieces written by and for actors of colour. Conceived in 2016 by Tamasha Playwrights in collaboration with writer-producer Titi Dawudu, Hear Me Now brought together playwrights and actors in creative workshops to generate better audition material than the stereotypical characters currently on offer.

Where: The Everyman Theatre from 7pm, tickets £6 — £8

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Fri 27th Sept

What: Arts Council Presentation. BlackFest have an amazing opportunity for artists that want to take their careers to the next stages of development! They are teaming up with Arts Council England to provide open surgeries, where you can explore development and funding opportunities that are available for you to access and get the support you need!

Where: The Hope Street Theatre Collective 1pm — 4pm, free to attend

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Sat 28th Sept

What: Spoken Word. Five spoken word artists take you on a journey through Black British experiences, as they bring their identity and culture centre stage. The readings will cover social, political and economic issues that are webbed into poets lives, creating a co-existence that reflects their dual identities and the multiple layers of what it means to be British today. Featuring Fred Lima, Dom John, Manoka Mbolokele and Raven Radha.

Where: Bluecoat from 6.30pm — 8.30pm, tickets £5 — £8

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Sun 29th Sept

What: Diversity Dialogues. From participation, artist opportunities and community engagement – hear the discussion about the cultural offering of diverse arts in Liverpool and have a chance to speak with the artists we engage, find out potential opportunities in our arts institutions and hear from the leaders in the institutions themselves.

Where: International Slavery Museum from 10am — 12pm, free but donations welcome

For tickets and more info CLICK HERE!

Wed 2nd October

What: Celebration Night. A wonderful night of music, dance, spoken word, and much more where the whole community will be brought together. In addition to a diverse range of fantastic performances, they’ll be food and goodies available on the night.

Where: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic from 6pm until late, free but donations welcome

For tickets and more info CLICK HERE!

There are so many great things happening in our city — a city that’s rich in culture, music, arts and diversity. BlackFest promises to be a very special festival indeed — celebrating black art through a fascinating and entertaining series of events over many of Liverpool’s top venues. Amazing stuff!

BlackFest / 23rd — 29th September 2019 / Various venues in Liverpool

For the BlackFest website CLICK HERE!

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