BHM 2018 Launch: Nora Chipaumire presents #PUNK *N!GGA

#PUNK and *N!GGA are inspired by two contrasting sonic ideologies: punk and Congolese rumba, which are confronted and celebrated through the music of artists such as Patti Smith and Rit Nzele. The performances aim to discover more democratic ways to share music history and personal history, and find a common ground. #PUNK: Patti Smith is…

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Masterclass with Nora Chipaumire

A practical masterclass with internationally acclaimed choreographer/performer Nora Chipaumire will support dancers to develop an individual artistic voice. Based on thematic inquiries, participants will be led through a physical, vocal, and mental warm-up before engaging in inquiry-based activities and reflective discussions to create original movement motifs.

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BlackChat: Nora Chipaumire

BlackChat is a year round forum to exchange and discuss issues which directly affect Black Communities, such as health, heritage and identity. BlackChat is open to all, encouraging diverse audiences to engage with Black History Month. Nora Chipaumire exploring a space for unapologetic celebrations of heritage and identity in contemporary practice.

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Gone Too Far

Two estranged teenage brothers meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are.  Yemi can’t wait for his big brother to join him on the estate in Peckham, but when Ikudayisi arrives from Nigeria wearing socks and sandals Yemi questions both his judgement and his African heritage. A day…

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BHM Live 2018

BHM Live 2018   BHM Live is an initiative which offers opportunities to Black artists to develop their ideas and showcase their work.  This year BHM Live presents work from six talented artists Theo Godson Oloyade, Elsabet Yonas, Olu Alakija, Maria de Luz Ghoumrassi, Beverley Bennett, Dave ‘Stickman’ and Thomas ‘Juga-Naught’ Higgins.      …

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Winnie

While her husband was in prison for 27 years, and paradoxically safe and free from all conflicts, Winnie Madikizela Mandela threw herself into a life of struggle and violence. The film tells the compelling story of Winnie’s radical life, as a misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures.

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DMU International Jazz Series: Nerija

Nerija are a collective of all female London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township.  Consisting of Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Rosie Turton on trombone, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax, Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Inga Eichler on double bass and Lizy…

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Hallelujah Anyhow

When local pastor Adlyn meets and falls in love again with her old childhood sweetheart, she is forced to make an agonising choice between her faith, her family and her heart.  Written by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, the film explores tensions and conflicts behind the scenes, and was a landmark film for British television in the…

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DMU International Jazz Series: Decosta Boyce

Decosta Boyce, A Hertfordshire born singer/songwriter/Producer that has self-released his critically acclaimed album ‘Electrick Soul’ and is currently on a UK and German tour singing lead with 70’s legends Heatwave, 60’s Pop Phenoms The Equals and playing regular ‘Electrick Soul’ shows in London and across the UK. He sang backing on Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ for Adele…

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The Souls of Black Girls and Sorf Hair Double Bill

The Souls of Black Girls Director Daphne Valerius, 2008, USA, English, cert. tbc An award-winning provocative news documentary that raises the question of whether or not women of colour may be suffering from a self-image disorder as a result of trying to attain the standards of beauty that are celebrated in media images.   Sorf…

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DMU International Jazz Series: Julia Biel

Tipped as ‘the best British vocalist to emerge in an age’ by The Independent, the MOBO-nominated jazz vocalist and singer-songwriter’s self-titled album ‘Julia Biel’ was released to reveal twelve more exquisite songs to add to the artist’s growing catalogue. Delivered with unique warmth and drawing on the spirituality of gospel music, the joie-de-vivre of soul, the…

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Travel Information

Located centrally within the UK, Leicester is easily accessed being only 65 minutes from London and 60 minutes from Birmingham. Train Leicester Railway Station is just a 5 minute walk from the Belmont Hotel, and a 10-15 minute walk to all the festival venues. With direct connections to London St Pancras, Birmingham Grand Central Station…

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