Speakers & Facilitators

We’ve organised a jam-packed programme of panels, workshops, and entertainment for our conference attendees!

We’ll be releasing information regarding the full conference programme in the new year, however, the following panels have been confirmed and more speakers will be announced shortly:

Panel 1: On Identity & Afro-futurism 

This panel is curated by We Are Superwoman and will explore identity in Black Britain and the ways in which Afro-futurism as a philosophy can equip us to re-imagine ourselves as individuals and as a community.

Discussion chaired by Stella Fasusi-Olomu

Speakers:

Dr. Nathaniel Tobias C_ (Independent Scholar-Activist)

Heather Agyepong (Visual Artist, Performer)

Genelle Aldred (Broadcaster)

Chardine Taylor-Stone (Writer, Musician, Cultural Producer)

 

Panel 2: Reflecting on the Past & Building on the Present for a More Equitable Future in the Creative Industries

This panel is curated by Cultured Lens and will explore how Black artists and creatives have and continue to forge spaces for themselves in the arts despite continuous attempts by others to erase and exclude our contributions and innovations. What has been done and what work is yet to be done?

Discussion chaired by Sarah Nwafor

Speakers:

Fatimah Kelleher  (Writer, Equalities Activist, Women’s Rights Consultant)

OluwaFemi Nylander (Creative, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford Activist)

Ndrika (Documentary Film Maker, Photographer, Artrepreneur)

 

Panel 3: Building Sustainable Entrepreneurship with Principle & Passion whilst Staying Accountable

This panel is curated by Sassy Tees and will explore Black business, enterprise, and entrepreneurship in Britain and interrogate the ways in which we can not only support Black businesses, but create and sustain our own, whilst staying accountable to ourselves and the wider community.

Discussion chaired by Barbara Ntumy

Speakers:

Joe Faulkner (Co-founder of Krio Kanteen)

Dorcas Magbadelo (Founder of Dorcas Creates)

Amahra Spence (Founder of MAIA Creatives)

Abiola Bankole (Editor of Afrokanist Magazine)

 

Panel 4: On Networking, Collaborating, and Community Building

This panel is curated by No Fly on the WALL and will explore all the ways in which we can pool together our resources, energy, and vision and build effective movements together, collaboratively – whether your contribution to meaningful transformation comes in the form of initiatives that decolonise the curriculum; work that reaches beyond Britain and across the vast diaspora; community organising on campus; or initiatives and activities that continuously make space for Black voices within the Arts and Heritage spaces. Why is collaboration the key? Why must we build bridges and make connections and how do we do this intersectionally and inclusively?

Discussion chaired by Siana Bangura

Speakers:

Dr. Kehinde Andrews (Academic, Writer)

Chante Joseph (Chair of Bristol Labour Students, Founder of Bristol is the New Black)

Aliyah Hasinah (Creative Producer, Artivist)

Isaac Eloi (Paralegal, QTIPoC Activist)

 

Each panel will have a Q&A section for attendees to engage in conversation with panel speakers.

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Workshops:

In the afternoon, there will be three parallel workshops on offer for attendees to participate in. The workshop themes will be ‘From Idea to Action’.

Workshop A: ‘Creating Enterprise’: How to start up a creative business and build your personal brand, with Dorcas Creates

Workshop B: ‘Campaigning and political organising’: How to build a movement in the UK, with Black Lives Matter

Workshop C: Education and transformation’: Decolonising education through Black Supplementary Schooling and alternative curriculums, with Dr. Kehinde Andrews

Upon registration to the conference when buying your ticket, you will have the option of signing up for a specific workshop in advance of the conference, details of which will be available during booking and on the website shortly.

‘SHEroes of No Fly on the WALL’: Volume 4

Our evening entertainment will be a special Birmingham edition of No Fly on the WALL’s flagship night of music and performance, SHEroes.

SHEroes of No Fly on the WALL is an evening highlighting and giving a platform to Black British female poets, storytellers, and musicians. Previous volumes of the night have taken place at SOAS university; Star of Kings; and Hackney Attic; and have featured the likes of DYLEMA, Janel Antoneshia, Savannah Dumetz, Tania Nwachukwu, Antonia Jade King, Theresa Lola, Vivienne Isebor; Isatta Sheriff, Ruth-Ellen, and Aliyah Hasinah.

At our Birmingham edition of SHEroes, local favourite Aliyah Hasinah and London girl Saraiyah Bah will take to the stage. More performers to be announced.

The event is hosted by writer, poet, and performer, Siana Bangura.

 

Check back for updates to this page with information about speakers, workshop facilitators, and performers!

 

Tickets to the conference are now available – CLICK HERE to buy yours!

Follow us on Twitter (@ImagineBlkBrit) for real-time updates!

 

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