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This Friday Late features a programme curated by BLM Fest and V&A (commissioned by counterpoints arts and the V&A)

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BLM Fest x Counterpoints: Black Queer History Poetry Workshop

Poet, educator, cultural curator and activist, PJ Samuels leads this workshop where you’ll work together to interrogate issues of autonomy, race, gender, patriarchy and identity and explore belonging. Originally from Jamaica, she is passionately vocal about human rights, mental wellness, stigmatisation and inequalities. PJ Samuels founded ‘Weather the Storm’, an LGBTI Refugee peer support group she started in 2015.

BLM Fest x Counterpoints: A Taste of London Ballroom

A 3-part dip into Ballroom and the art of Voguing hosted by Kayza Rose. Delve into the living roots of UK Ballroom with a history lesson by London’s OG Harliyana 007. Then let your body do the talking as Pop-Dip-Spin extraordinaire Bronze

007 teaches a beginner’s voguing workshop. Followed by a performance by Tiffany 007, aka The Banji C*nt (She/They), and Bronze 007.


BLM Fest x Counterpoints: Screening of VISIBLE and Panel Discussion

VISIBLE, directed by Campbell X and produced by Kayza Rose, challenges common misconceptions about LGBTQI+ Black and People of Colour.
The film calls upon inspirational ancestors, contemporary artists and activists working to challenge mainstream perceptions and the sanitisation of LGBTQI+ legacies.

BLM Fest x Counterpoints: Memoirs of a Masculine Man

Rwandese born, British movement-based artist, Ishimwa Muhimanyi delivers a site-specific performance in the central garden of the museum.

For Ishimwa, masculinity is synonymous with fragility.

Ishimwa’s work will explore the cracks in the masculine. Butt cracks, emotional cracks, spiritual cracks, and temperamental cracks.

Using movement, fashion and furniture, Ishimwa will take you on a journey of a man.

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October 22, 2022
Join us at Somerset House for an evening of festivities created by the artist DYLEMA

BLM Fest presents: Black Lives Matter Festival #WeMove

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Day two, hosted by Back2Life, presents a programme with a focus on moving image