Black Then, Black Now 2019
For Black History Month 2019, The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and Big People Music presented Black Then, Black Now: 3 days of history, 3 days of futurity on the 1st, 28th and 30th October @ Central Library, a chance to come and experience black culture, what it means, and why unifying a social movement forward is crucial to how we define a legacy.
Yoga and Fine Art
In this workshop Rakaya demonstrated various techniques of painting. Audiences painted their own canvas artwork while exploring African diaspora themes. Rakaya is a Manchester based artist and digital illustrator. Nai Davina led a session of African yoga in the Performance Space, with both practical and educational benefits.
A Story of your Crown
Central Library’s Performance Space was transformed into a salon of sorts; hosting ‘A Story of your Crown’, a hair braiding workshop run by Sophia Reeves. This masterclass in the science and skill of braiding hair aimed to inspire, empower, and educate on Black hair, which has been, and continues to be, heavily politicised.
A Sense of the Future
We joined Keisha and three wonderful creatives as they went on a journey through the senses. Tolu Ajayi (musician), Maya Chowdhry (live artist) and Sam Remi-Akinwale (spoken artist) shared performances and objects that trigger the senses as they considered what the future holds for people of colour.