The UK's first Black Girl Festival @ Kachette, London [29 October]

The UK's first Black Girl Festival


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29
October
10:00 - 23:00

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Kachette
347 Old Street, EC1V 9LP London, United Kingdom
The UK's first Black British festival for women and girls is designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK. We want to create a space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community through a combination of the arts, music, culture and conversation.

Completely community-funded through its ongoing Crowdfunder campaign (https://crowdfunder.co.uk/the-uks-first-black-girl-festival), all the events taking place at Black Girl Festival are free. Workshops and panels are ticketed, with places designated on a first-come, first-served basis. Photography will take place at this event.

All are invited & welcomed to celebrate all self-identifying Black women especially as this is an open free space. However, we will have security and a team of volunteers on hand as we strictly do not prohibit racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia in any form. Any persons exhibiting any of this will be removed from the premise.

Please note, if Kachette reaches capacity, we will employ a one-in, one-out system.

This event is FREE for all. Get a ticket here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-uks-first-black-girl-festival-tickets-38742784712

ALL WORKSHOP & PANEL TICKETS MUST BE ORDERED SEPARATELY.

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— Arch 1 — Marketplace, Food Market & Zine Fair
10:00 – 20:00

Filled to the brim with well-loved black-owned businesses, our marketplace offers art, beauty & hair products, clothing, toys, books, stationary, food and more. Additionally, there will be special zine area where you’ll be able to purchase the beautiful printed works from the likes of gal-dem, Roundtable Journal, Black Fly Zine and Sweet Thang Zine. Please note that while admission to the festival is free, market traders will have their own commercial prices.

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Black in the Day Scanning Station
10:00 — 17:00

Bring your family photographs to join this growing online archive of Black British life from the 1950s to the early 2000s.

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— Arch 2 — Black Motherhood Workshop
10:00 – 10:40

Led by Motherhood Reconstructed, this workshop will explore the misconceptions of Black Motherhood in the media as well as personal experiences of motherhood within the black community.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-black-motherhood-workshop-tickets-38745318290

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Employment in the creative industry
11:00 – 11:40

This workshop will be led by Vanessa Sanyauke, CEO & founder of Girls Talk London, and will explore creating your professional profile in the creative industry. The session will highlight some of the challenges Black women face at various levels in the industry as well as tips on how to progress further.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-employment-in-the-creative-industry-tickets-38745382482

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Our Naked Truths
12:00 – 12:40

Our Naked Truths will facilitate a live life art session for all those who identify as women to draw, paint and sketch. This will be paired with conversation about how we can redefine the beauty of the Black Feminine Narrative and exploring core issues that affect how we identify with ourselves.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-our-naked-truths-tickets-38745426614

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Gender expressions, queerness and the black community
13:00 – 13:40

This workshop will be led by BBZ, the exhibition & tun up that centres queer womxn, trans folk & non-binary people of colour. The session will explore our individual gender expressions and what experiences have defined them.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-gender-expressions-queerness-and-the-black-community-tickets-38745497827

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Zine workshop (for ages 12 – 18)
14:00 – 14:40

This workshop for teens will be led by Swanzy, the mind behind newspaper zine Roadfemme. This arts & crafts session will offer a new way of self-expression through the making of zines.

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-zine-workshop-for-ages-12-18-tickets-38745574055

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Women in Media panel
15:30 — 16:20

This talk will present successful Black women in their respect fields — all with a general media focus — talking about their experiences in the creative media industry.

This panel will be chaired by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the co-founder & executive director of UK Black Pride.

Panellists include:
Gena-mour Barrett, staff writer at Buzzfeed
Sian Anderson, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and music journalist
Kuchenga, writer, black trans feminist & activist
Kelechi Okafor, actress, personal trainer & instructor of pole dance
Siana Bangura, published poet, writer, performer & activist

This panel is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-women-in-media-panel-tickets-38745758607

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Black girls & education panel
16:30 — 17:20

This talk will explore how Black womanhood intersects with education and well-being during secondary and higher education, as well as alternatives to formal education.

This panel will be chaired by Tanya Compas, an award-winning youth worker.

Panellists include:
Chante Joseph, BME officer at University of Bristol SU
Sophia Tassew, art director, artist & founder of RIOTGAL
Rianna Walcott, co-founder of Project Myopia
Tekisha Henry, 16 year old student, spoken word artist & motivational speaker

This panel is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-black-girls-education-panel-tickets-38745851886

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Natural Hair panel
17:30 — 18:20

This talk will explore the natural hair movement, its political roots and its significance to black women.

This panel will be chaired by The Slumflower, award-winning blogger, speaker, creative director of Innclusive & presenter for The MOBO Awards.

Panellists include:
Jay & Tri from CURLture, natural hair bloggers
Klerissa McDonald, founder & creative director of Curly By Nature

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-natural-hair-panel-tickets-38745914072

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Mental Health & Self-Care panel
18:30 — 19:20

This talk will highlight the importance of discussions of mental health in the black community and the significance of acts of self-care.

This panel will be chaired by Grace F Victory, award-winning vlogger, presenter & author.

Panellists include:
Munroe Bergdorf, model & social activist
Guilaine Kinouani, intersectional feminist, equality consultant, therapist & writer
Tobi Oredein, founder of Black Ballad
Danielle Dash, writer, director & producer of award-winning series ‘Dear Jesus’
Laura Kirwan-Ashman, writer, screenwriter, filmmaker & co-founder of Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

This workshop is free but spaces are limited. Please register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-girl-festival-mental-health-self-care-panel-tickets-38745962216

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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT hosted by Sistren, a queer womanist podcast, radio show, friendship and movement.

Poetry showcase
20:00 — 20:30
Individual performances from acclaimed poets Tania Nwachukwu & Vanessa Kisuule.

Live music performance
20:30 — 21:00
TBA

DJ set by DJ Tone
21:00 — 23:00 (Close)
Buss a wine with us on the dancefloor, with vibes by DJ Tone, music editor and resident DJ at gal-dem, bringing the very first Black Girl Festival to a close.

There will be a bar serving alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks from 3pm- 11pm

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Black Girl Festival has been kindly supported by the London and City Bridge Trust.
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