Liverpool’s Black Arts and diversity festival, BlackFest, is hosting a huge online event on Saturday 12th December that aims to bring together creatives to deliver a message of hope for 2021. The free event in collaboration with Big Condo Records and Make It Write Productions will feature a play, live music, poetry, comedy, a quiz, talks and more.
Founded in 2018, BlackFest has done great things to educate, empower and improve equality in the arts in the Liverpool region and this year’s online festival was a huge success. This latest event is unique in that it brings together creatives from different backgrounds to deliver a collective voice of hope for the new year and for us to move forward together as one.
BlackFest‘s Creative Director, Jubeda Khatun, said: “During the past few years we’ve worked tirelessly to bridge the equality gap and showcase Black Arts. This latest project is very special as it brings together amazing Liverpool creatives celebrating rich tapestry of talent our city has to offer from different backgrounds and artforms to showcase the diversity delivering a common message of hope for 2021. We wanted to create a fun space for creatives to meet, develop, connect and expand their networks, and end the year on a high to new beginnings and hope for the future.”
The Zoom event promises to be both inspiring and entertaining and kicks off at 7pm with a play entitled ‘The Graham’s Christmas Dinner’ — a comedy that explores multicultural and generational differences aiming to educate and reflect contemporary British society. This fascinating production is in collaboration with successful grass roots theatre company, Make It Write.
Make It Write Founder, Sharon Colpman, said: “We’re really excited about this production. It’s great to team up with BlackFest to put on something together that is entertaining, inspiring, fun and educational. Featuring performers from different backgrounds to deliver a message of hope, whilst promoting inclusiveness and diversity, is a really interesting and positive thing to do.”
Following this, there will be an abundance of live music and poetry performances from both BlackFest and Big Condo Records artists. Big Condo Records, founded by local rapper Royzy Rothschild, has been responsible for developing some of the best music talent in the region and this event will showcase the best talent that both Big Condo Records and BlackFest has to offer.
Big Condo Records’ Founder, Royzy Rothschild, said: “This year has been very tough, particularly on the entertainment industry, so for artists and creatives from different backgrounds to all come together to deliver this message if hope for 2021 is an inspiring act of defiance. BlackFest is an amazing organisation that does great things so to collaborate with them to do this is an honour.”
The night will also feature a beatboxer, professional speakers and a fun quiz hosted by comedian Merv Jones and Chase Johnston Lynch. The event is free to access via BlackFest‘s Facebook page although donations towards creating more opportunities for artists and audiences alike are welcomed and appreciated. Please support and you can become a Patron at the price of a cup of coffee HERE.
In what has been a very difficult year for us all, it’s refreshing to see creatives from such a hard hit industry come together and deliver a positive message of hope for 2021. Another triumph from BlackFest and a fascinating collaboration with two other fantastic local organisations, let’s hope this will act as a springboard to move forward together into a better 2021.
Springboard Zoom Social / Sat 12th December 2020, 7pm
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