BlackFest announces full festival lineup in Liverpool venues

The Liverpool Black Arts Festival has unveiled its lineup, which takes place across the city in September and October.

The award-winning organization is celebrating its recent double award at the Merseyside Women of the Year Award as well as five years of platforming black artists in Liverpool and beyond.

This year’s festival program spans ten venues, featuring art exhibitions, musical evenings, spoken word and poetry, theater performances and more.

Director of Blackfest, Jubeda Khatun said: “We are delighted to celebrate our victory and the five years of BlackFest. Liverpool is a vibrant port city with so much to offer from local talent and is proud to welcome new work to the city from the North West and nationally. There is so much to choose from during the festival period and there really is something for everyone. And a lot of it is also free!”

What to expect

The Pierhead show on September 24 will feature artists such as Afrodance Academy bringing a dance piece AfroAmpiano and the fierce percussion troupe Katumba bringing fusions of British big beat Carribean Calypso and Carnival of North East Brazil.

Some of the city’s up-and-coming musical talent and poets will also feature on the lineup, including Shak Omar, AMBA, Lumenaates, Bluboy, Pari, as well as returning artists from BlackFest’s national creative pool such as Sarah Louise. and Vivi.Local merchants will provide handmade Afrocentric goodies, cards and prints, jewelry and fashion throughout the opening event.

Mandla Rae to perform ‘As British as a Watermelon’ at Unity Theater as part of BlackFest

This year’s theatrical offering features a steadfast and thought-provoking play by Zimbabwean writer Mandla Rae at the Unity Theater on 26e September, titled As British as a Watermelon, fresh off a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. ‘Riddims Night’ will be held at the Philharmonic Music Room on September 27, featuring young Liverpool rappers P3Lz and Koj , as well as singer-songwriter, Shoa Osborne and multi-artist, Tee.

BlackFest’s much-loved spoken word and poetry night returns on September 28, with The Hope Street Theater featuring a range of local poets and wordsmiths, who will also take part in a post-show discussion following their performances with an open mic so the audience can participate as well. The evening will feature spoken word poets, Samuel Ameiza-Djabli AKA ChiefUncleSam, Tahja Edwards and will also feature talent from Manchester Poetry Place, Gabriel Oyediwura and Cherelle Anne.

Liverpool rapper P3Lz to perform at BlackFest’s Riddims party

The Granby Winter Garden will host BlackFest on World Heart Day on September 29 for an educational workshop on the themes of environmental responsibility and sustainability, in collaboration with BayTree Cookery Academy. BayTree will explore how to reduce single-use plastics and create accessible dishes for low-income families, while B4BioDiversity will host a workshop on beeswax candles.

Many other events will take place, including screenings at FACT and panels by activists at the Liverpool Museum.

More information

Many festival events are free and those wishing to attend all paid events can save up to £50 by purchasing a festival pass.

BlackFest 2022 runs from September 24 through October 29, and tickets for all events are available now through Eventbrite. For more information on BlackFest, please visit or email [email protected].

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