8 October 2020

Black History Month: Gold dust in Black

BLACK* artists on the move (BAOTM) take us on a scintillating adventure to commemorate the achievements and prowess of Black History giants: Mary Seacole, Josephine Baker, Nelson Mandela, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Sidney Poitier.

Reaching right back to 19th century Jamaica, the multi-faceted exploits and achievements of Mary Seacole are presented by poet Helen Thomas.

Then we shift tone to celebrate audacity of another kind – the incomparable Josephine Baker who revolutionised 20th century performances and stole the world stage, as actor Amantha Edmead will demonstrate.

Live artist Chanje Kunda presents the stature and power of Nelson Mandela in an illuminating performance that speaks of forgiveness and reconciliation and moving on. The breadth of achievement of urban arts genius Jean-Michel Basquiat whose life was curtailed at the very young age of 27 but who is still America’s most-highly paid visual artist is explored by Molara, actor and musician.

And finally, spoken word artist and actor Kamari Romeo honours milestone-making actor Sidney Poitier. So don’t let the dust settle on this golden opportunity to piece together a celebration of such incredible Black history giants.

BLACK* artists on the Move is a UK wide organisation with strong Bristol roots supporting artists of African, Caribbean, South American and non-European descent.

This event is part of our Black History Month programme.

How to watch

This free online performance will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Thursday 8 October.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.


With thanks to our Equality and Diversity programme sponsor: UWE Bristol.

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