Liverpool Blackfest is looking for local artists to get involved in its 2021 events program
Liverpool’s black arts festival, BlackFest, is calling on local artists and creatives to showcase their talents this fall.
The non-profit organization, which works with black artists to create an annual festival program, as well as to nurture a vibrant arts community throughout the year through educational and empowering projects, is particularly looking for artists with whom they have never worked before and those from various walks of life.
The 2021 program of events taking place in September will feature visual arts, film, spoken word, music and theater.
Jubeda Khatun, Director of BlackFest, said:
“There has been a major change during the pandemic in the way we perceive our environment and our daily interactions. Our stories tell the story of collective grief and a resurgence of black voices and experiences.
Given the anniversary that sparked global protests against race and its vital role in the pandemic that has exposed disparities within the UK system, we’re taking a close look at Place, Persona and Parables. Our 2021 festival will respond to these experiences; this year’s artistic theme is “Parallels” – whether geographic, political, historical, social, physical or class in our society. “
Founded in 2018, the BlackFest platform develops the work of black creators and communities in established artistic venues and community spaces, bridging the gap between institutions and marginalized communities.
Their annual program includes music, dance, visual arts, film, literature, theater productions and education; using the arts for social inclusion, community cohesion and making the arts accessible to underrepresented and underdeveloped groups with positive results in terms of well-being, employment, lifelong learning and leadership advocacy.
Despite national restrictions in 2020, BlackFest was able to host an eclectic online program of lectures, debates and interviews, as well as live musical performances from Constellations in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool.
Over the past two years, BlackFest has worked with Unity Theater, The Bluecoat, Philharmonic Hall, Toxteth TV, FACT, Everyman Playhouse Theaters as well as local and national artists.