Creatives of colour are doing amazing things! Here’s a list of our fave events in and around London and the UK mainly, but we also list some events in other parts of Europe.
7 September | Burnt Roti presents Issue 2 Launch Party | London
Join us for the biggest party with the best South Asian talent. Meet our cover stars and dance the night away with DJ sets from LOIAL and Manara. There’ll be food, magazines, drinks, merch and much more!
8 September | Deport, deprive, extradite | East London
A night of panel discussions, short films, dramatic monologues, poetry, and probing questions exploring the racial state under the War on Terror.
27 September | Dishoom X Gaysians #377scrapped | East London
On 6th September 2018, Indian authorities scrapped Section 377 – the notorious law which made gay sex a crime.This fantastic, important (and long-overdue) news calls for a proper celebration. And so Dishoom and Gaysians have teamed up to bring you the 377 Scrapped Party.Tickets
28 September | Palestine Film Club | East London
UK Launch of Palestine Film Club – a collective comprised of filmmakers, producers, artists and others dedicated to the production and growth of a homegrown Palestinian film industry. More info.
28 September | Beyond censorship: Power, silencing and resistance | London
Join Authors’ Club, Media Diversified, Index on Censorship, and the Jhalak Prize for a discussion of the ways in which dissenting voices are structurally silenced – and the many ways to resist. Sunny Singh (author and Jhalak Prize co-founder), Sarah Shaffi (literary editor and journalist), Catherine Johnson (author and Jhalak Prize inaugural judge) and Jamilah Ahmed (author and literary agent) discuss. Register free here.
23 – 29 September | Banned Books Week UK | Nationwide
Events to discuss and interrogate silencing and censorship of the written word.
4-7 October | Anti-Art Fair | Secret Location London
The Anti Art Fair is a celebration of creativity and a call for greater diversity in the arts. More info here.
13 October | Black Cultural Activism Map Launch | Central London
The Black Cultural Activism Map will be launched on 13th October 2018 with a public event bringing together artists, activists, cultural practitioners to showcase the commissioned artworks. The digital platform will be unveiled in Spring 2019. More info.
20 October | The Asian Writer Festival | tbc
A day-long festival celebrating work by British Asian writers.
More info here at theasianwriter.co.uk
26 October | Our stories will not stay secret | Central London
Join writer and arts educator Farzana Khan, former Young People’s Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu, Dr Azeezat Johnson and singer/song-writer Promi Ferdousi for a powerful evening of inspiring discussions and performances, in response to Farzana’s debut piece “Revolutionary Mothering: Staying Alive in Violent Times.” Tickets
23 – 24 June | Decolonise Fest 2018 | DIY Space for London
A three-day London DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for people of colour. Featuring Bob Vylan, Fish Police, Great Wight and GUTTFULL.
Tickets from £12, details here
23 June | Radiate Windrush Festival | Crystal Palace Park
Live performances, a sound system party, an arts space, wellness hub, cultural workshops, market vendors & community talks all mark 70 years since the Windrush migrants arrived in the UK.
Free, or support from just a fiver, buy them here.
24 June | Literary Natives | Lambeth, South London
Readings, performances and a writers’ panel featuring Saieda Rouass, J. Anthony Vassel and M. S. Karamat.
Tickets are from 9 quid, more details here.
26 June | Ben Okri | Central London
Ben Okri will be reading and talking about his celebrated new book, The Magic Lamp: Dreams of our Age in which 25 stories interact with Rosemary Clunie’s 25 paintings (shown on screen).
Tickets are £12, available here.
29 June – 8 July | Bradford Literature Festival | Various locations in Bradford, UK
A diverse and inclusive festival showcasing the arts. Comedy, poetry, comics, industry talks – there’s loads going on. Mona Eltahawy, Ben Okri, Shashi Tharoor and Nimco Ali are on the programme with many, many more.
Events individually ticketed, very reasonably, some are free too bradfordlitfest.co.uk
27 June | Golden Tongue | Brick Lane, East London
An open mic poetry night showcasing South Asian women. This Pride edition will be highlighting queer voices.
Tickets are a fiver, get them here.
29 June – 1 July | Africa Writes Festival | Central and East London
Over 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary writing from Africa and its diaspora, for the seventh edition of Africa Writes! Featuring Hanna Ali, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Warsan Shire and Bernadine Evaristo among many more.
Weekend tickets £18, day tickets £12, details at africawrites.org
6 July | Skin Deep presents House of Absolute | Stoke Newington, London
Live dance, conversation, music and spoken word. Featuring Lula Mebrahtu, Ffion Campbell-Davies, Serena Williams, Faye Reader and Saskia Horton.
Tickets from £7, depending on what you can afford. Info here.
8 July | UK Black Pride | Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, South London
Celebrating the UK’s LGBTQI+ communities of colour.
Free to attend, info at ukblackpride.org.uk
14 July | Women’s Podcast Festival | London
5 podcast accelerator workshops, 3 panels and 2 live shows with Anita Rani, The Slumflower and Cariad Lloyd.
Tickets from £25, more here.
15 July | It’s not race, it’s class by Consented | Central London
With all this in mind, we ask, what relationship does capitalism have with race and how do we resist recreating the logic of capitalism within our anti-racist organizing?
Tickets from a fiver if you book early, info here.
17 July | Book Launch: Nasrin Parvez | North London
Iranian writer Parvez presents The Secret Letters from X to A. More on the book here.
@ Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town
19 – July 22 | Fugitive Feminism | London
Whose interests, experiences and perspectives are contained in the dominant conceptions of gender? What possibilities are created when Black women abandon gender? Programmed with sociologist Akwugo Emejulu, this five-day convening of artists, activists and academics focuses on contemporary Black feminist politics.
19 – July 22
12 – 9pm, The Politics of Pleasure, free with £1 day membership read more
6:30pm Speak Up! + Q&A with Amandine Gay and Kiyémis book
6:30pm Towards a Fugitive Feminism book
For full Fugitive Feminism details please go here
20 July | Stories in the Moonlight by Embers Collective | South London
Storytelling and music to celebrate the moon!
Tickets from £6, more here.
21 – 22 July | Process Festival | Central London
A two-day festival of zine fairs and print workshops led by OOMK, artists-in-residence at Somerset House Studios.
Tickets from £7, info here.
28 July | South Asian LGBTI Conference | Birmingham
A range of speakers including the first openly gay prince in India and a charity tackling religious homophobia.
Tickets are free, see more here.
3 August | Golden Tongue | East London
The Yoniverse are flinging open the doors to share finger-licking good samosas and heart-warming spoken word poetry. While everyone is invited to take part in the open mic, features are reserved for South Asian women.
Tickets £3 to £9, get them here.
4 – 5 August | Melanin Box Festival | Peckham, South London
A festival dedicated to showcasing the multi-disciplinary work of Black British creatives. On the programme is work from Bola Agbaje, Tomisin Adepeju, and singer, Ruth Brown amongst others.
Earlybird tickets from £12, get them here.
31 August | Makrooh 1st Birthday | East London
Join @MakroohUK for an inspiring line up of storytelling, spokenword, music and more @MirthMarvelE17. Tickets.