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June 2021

LDIF+ Masterclass with Jonzi D

20th June 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£30.00
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Jonzi D is an MC, dancer, spoken word artist, director and advocate who has changed the profile and development of the UK British hip-hop dance and theatre scene. This masterclass is aimed at dancers who seek to develop their choreographic practice and voice within hip-hop dance theatre. Choreopoetry. How do words and dance connect? An engaging exploration of lyrically motivated movement. How does the body distort the meaning of text? Made up of short choreographic tasks in collaboration with the…

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Windrush Day Online Lecture 2021 with Dr Beverley Bryan

22nd June 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Online – Zoom
£10.00

A Brief History of Key Moments and Issues in the Black British Civil Rights Movement Following the success of the inaugural Windrush Day Lecture in 2020, Serendipity are delighted to present the 2021 lecture by Dr Beverley Bryan as she explores A Brief History of Key Moments and Issues in the Black British Civil Rights Movement. Dr Bryan was a founder member of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD); a…

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October 2021

Burning an Illusion: Honouring the Legacy of Menelik Shabazz

19th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6AS United Kingdom
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£10.00
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Director Menelik Shabazz, English, UK, 1981, 101 min, 15 Paving the way for Black filmmakers in the UK, Black History Month 2021 recognises the legacy of Menelik Shabazz, who sadly passed earlier this year through this film screening and conversation.  As only the second British feature film made by a Black director in the UK, Burning an Illusion (1981) was filmed in London’s Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities and starring Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin and Angela…

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Creating Socially Engaged Art, Can Dance Change the World? Book Launch and Serendipity Connect Networking Event.

29th October 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6AS United Kingdom
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Free

Black women have been at the heart of social justice movements and making positive change in their communities the world over and their impact on the international dance ecology is no different.  Celebrate the launch of a new publication featuring the contributions of dance practitioners, who through their own activism and artistry have brought about positive change.  The event will include guest speakers and opportunities to network and connect.

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March 2022

Unearthed: Forgotten Histories

March 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clephan Lecture Room 0.01, De Montfort University, Bonners Lane
Leicester, LE1 9BH United Kingdom
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Free
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As part of Cultural Exchanges 2022, Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage introduce their National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Unearthed: Forgotten Histories.  This launch event offers an opportunity to hear more about the programme and the strategies surrounding mapping a Black presence in the Midlands, by maintaining living archives and collecting oral histories.  This roundtable discussion will open up dialogue with the sector of the importance preserving, curating, and accessing these forgotten histories.  This exchange of ideas channelled through…

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International Women’s Day 2022 – Women of Resistance Film Sharing and Discussion

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dialogue Box, Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, LE1 6AS
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£10.00

Join us for a special sharing of three films; Fireburn, Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Women in Resistance Shall Not Be Moved and You Can't Stop the Spirit,  honour revolutionary women who have fought to make the world a better place for their communities.   This event is part of Unearthed: Forgotten Histories.   Fireburn: The Documentary Director Joel Fendelman, Producer Angela Golden Bryan, US Virgin Islands, 2020, 21 minutes The labour revolt of 1878, known as the Fireburn, is…

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April 2022

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 Launch

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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£16.00 – £18.00

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 returns with a unique launch event to celebrate International Dance Day, embracing the theme of this year’s festival, In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time. Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey Composed by Philip Herbert Choreographed by Monique Jonas Commissioned by Serendipity, composed by Philip Herbert and choreographed by Monique Jonas, Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey seeks to honour the Windrush generation and crystallise their experiences.  With choreography that encapsulates the strength,…

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Dance Dialogues: #BlackBoyJoyGone Film Screening and Discussion

April 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dialogue Box, Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, LE1 6AS
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£10.00

#BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG) is a BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary by and for Black men on mental health, sexual trauma and finding strength through brotherhood. Directed by Ashley Karrell and Isaac Ouro-Gnao, blending interviews, poetry, dance and storytelling, it captures the lives, realities, and the hopeful perspectives of men in the North, the Midlands and London in the United Kingdom. A post screening discussion will be led by the film creators to exchange views on the elements within the film.…

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Tabanka Dance Ensemble

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street
Leicester, LE1 5TE
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£16.00 – £18.00

Tabanka African and Caribbean People’s Dance Ensemble are known internationally for their platform that pioneers, promotes and centres artistic legacy for Black Nordic Personhood.  Based in Norway and founded by Thomas Talawa Prestø, the company are guardians of the Talawa Technique™, one of few fully codified African and Caribbean dance techniques. This mixed bill presents works from Tabanka’s repertoire. Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey Composed by Philip Herbert Choreographed by Thomas Prestø In this second interpretation of Siren Calls:…

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May 2022

JOMBA! Film Showcase

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

In partnership with JOMBA! one of South Africa’s leading dance festivals, LDIF22 presents a selection of dance shorts from six Durban-based dance makers.  The artists were asked to work loosely around the theme of Border Crossings, embracing the opportunity to re-imagine their creativity and their dance work for a digital space. Sabelo Cele | Uhambo Sinethemba Khuzway | BORDER IMPOSITIONS Cameron S Govender | Aikyam ... reincarnating identity Aphelele Nyawose | imThwalo Thobile Maphanga | Sihamba sizibhala Nqubeko ‘Cue’ Ngema…

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