Black Arts World: Slate Weekender: 12 - 15 Sept, Sheffield

Cultural Industries Quarter, S1 2BS, Sheffield
Thur 12 - Sun 15 Sept
– includes some ticketed, limited capacity events

Supported by City of Ideas and Slate – an Eclipse movement
Curator: Melanie Abrahams

A showcase of the new wave of Black* artists in the North.

In an increasingly divided world, Slate champions connection, solidarity and arts for social change.

Experience four days of creative talent and innovation from Black artists based in the North and guest speakers spanning Visual Arts, Design, Music, Literature and Spoken Word, Dance, Performance, Film, Photography, Live Art, Skills Development and Wellbeing. Collectively they cover themes of artistic expression, change-making, intersectionality, politics and culture, Black experience, ecology and internationalism.

Programme of events:

Thur 12 – Sun 15 Sept
Black Arts World: Slate Exhibition
Sidney + Matilda, Sheffield | (daily) times vary – find out more >

Thur 12 Sept
Black Arts World: Slate Weekender - Launch event
Kollective Coffee and Kitchen at Site Gallery | 6pm
Join us for our festival launch followed by a talk and panel event.

Workshop: On Advocacy with Pauline Mayers, 2 - 5pm – find out more >
Panel and readings: I’m Black So You Don’t Have to be with Colin Grant, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Jeffrey Boakye & Shabina Aslam, 7 – 9.30pm – find out more >

Fri 13 Sept
Black Arts World: Slate Weekender - Drinks reception, party and performances
Sidney + Matilda, Sheffield | 6pm – late
Hosted by Emily Zobel Marshall, with Tayo Aluko, Yvette Ja Hawkins, John Siddique and Grace Lee. DJ: Ashley Holmes.

Masterclass: BFI Film Hub North, 10.30am - 12pm - find out more >
Masterclass: Creation for Black Artists with Maya Chowdhry, 1 - 4pm – find out more >

Sat 14 Sept
Black Arts World: Slate Weekender - Party and Showcase Event
Site Square
| 6 - 9pm (DJ: 9 - 10pm)
A performance showcase hosted by Desiree Reynolds and Joe Williams and featuring Chanje Kunda, Nicola Singh, Aleasha Chaunte, Ladies of Midnight Blue and more.

Masterclass: Sounding Out/Listening In with Nicola Singh, 1 - 3pm – find out more >
Masterclass: A discussion with Clay: Being Human with Aleasha Chaunte, 3.30 – 5.30pm – find out more >

Sun 15 Sept
Black Arts World: Slate Weekender – Finale Social
Site Square
| 4 -7pm
A performance showcase of comedy, music and poetry featuring Chiedu Oraka, Naomi Sumner Chan, Adam Lowe, Nick Ahad, Afshan D'souza-Lodhi, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Ladies of Midnight Blue, Degna Stone, Michelle Scally Clarke, Cherie Taylor Battiste and DJs: Wai Wan and Ashley Holmes.

Masterclass: Freelancing with Adam Lowe, 10.30am – 12.30pm – find out more >
Black Arts World: Slate Weekender - Shorts, 1pm – find out more >
('Pay what you feel' tickets will be available from the Showroom Cinema box office for this screening, or tickets can be purchased online at suggested prices.)

Producing Team: Melanie Abrahams, Sai Murray, Asher Jael, Grace Lee

City of Ideas is a partnership of major cultural organisations in the Cultural Industries Quarter area in Sheffield, led by Site Gallery. Through ambitious public art commissioning, collaborative events and talks programmes, and a critical exploration of the value of public space in contemporary cities, City of Ideas will make tangible the international impact of Sheffield's home-grown cultural talent and radically influence how city centres will look in the future.

City of Ideas Partners: Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Showroom Workstation, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Children's Media Conference, Eclipse Theatre, Forced Entertainment and Artworks. Funded by Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence fund.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity.

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Black Arts World: Slate Weekender: 12 - 15 Sept, Sheffield