Wednesday 18th January – JAWDANCE
Apples and Snakes present London’s biggest open mic night, Jawdance, bringing you some of the most acclaimed feature acts and up-and-coming artists in poetry and music whose words will waltz around your head for days.
Sign up on the night from 7pm – 7.30pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw – 10 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random – what have you got to lose?
This month’s Jawdance is hosted by Yomi Sode, featuring performances from Kat Francois, Simon Mole, and Jolade.
Thursday 19th January – Aspirations and Representations: Looking Back to Travel Forwards
A day of talks, art and performance exploring the power of identity, inspiration and legacy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Free advanced booking is required.
There will be an exhibition of paintings by former Goldsmiths student, Keith Church. This will be followed by the lecture and panel series, Renegade Raconteurs, the theme of which will be ‘The R Words’ – Race and Representation. Afterwards, there will be a panel, Performing Mothers – ‘The Story of M’, which will engage in feminist and critical race perspectives on mothers, mixedness and staging multi-ethnic families. Following this, there will be a drinks reception where Oberon Books will launch the single edition of SuAndi’s The Story of M. The day concludes with a rare performance by SuAndi of The Story of M.
Thursday 19th January – Save the Male
The Save The Male showcase aims to raise awareness of male suicide, and encourage and inspire people of all ages to engage in creative expression. On “the most depressing week of the year”, comedian Jack and poet Cecilia will gather an exceptionally talented crew to show that creativity can be the best medicine. Featuring Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks), Caleb Femi (Young Poet Laureate), and London four piece band, HUGH.
Open till Saturday 21st January – People Power: Black British arts and activism in Hackney 1960s-2000s
An exhibition exploring aspects of Black British arts and activism which have developed in Hackney since the 1960s.
Sunday 22nd January – Word4Word Spoken Word with Kat Francois
Get some poetic relief with a FREE evening of spoken word, hosted by former BBC3 and World Slam Champion, Kat Francois. Francois will be joined with music from DJ Sloetry and exciting writer Arielle John, who twists home-grown narratives from the Caribbean diaspora into intricate memoirs and intriguing Instagram photo captions.
Friday 27th January – Thoughts on British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010)
You are invited to an afternoon’s discussion with leading scholars in the field of post-war British Black and Asian Literature with readings by leading writers, Moniza Alvi and Courttia Newland. The event, sponsored by Wasafiri, will launch the landmark publication of the first Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945 – 2010), edited by Dr Deirdre Osborne. This event is FREE.
At 6pm the event will launch the first Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010) with a drinks reception that marks the arrival of Wasafiri to its new home at Goldsmiths.
Friday 27th January – Jazz Verse Jukebox with Jumoké Fashola
The eclectic JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX returns to Hoxton Hall for its first show of 2017. Described as “the perfect jazz poetry party” (Michael Horovitz), the JAZZ VERSE JUKEBOX continues the age-old tradition of intertwining jazz improvisation and spoken word. Come on down for what promises to be a thrilling night of diverse spoken word & jazz from some of the freshest exponents on the scene.
Open till Saturday 28th January – The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles
A selection of rare portraits portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent in Britain during the Victorian era. In partnership with Autograph ABP and part of The Missing Chapter project.
If you have any events you would like to see added to this list, please contact Heather Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org.