Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018: various times, Brixton, South London
With just one week to go, the streets, squares, cinemas and playgrounds of Brixton will be brought to life by the Rapport Festival. Founded in 2017, the festival will once more showcase the very best of African diaspora art in the UK in the beating heart of black Britain.
This unique weekend festival will feature visual artists, musicians, dancers, DJs, drama, film and live performances. Rapport Festival aims to celebrate the African diaspora, highlight its distinctive contribution to the artistic life of the UK and offer a platform to established and up and coming artists.
Lara Samuels, founder and artistic director of Rapport says:
“My goal is bold and transformative. I want to redefine the artistic and cultural landscape of Britain and put the black into the Union Jack where it belongs. The African diaspora has contributed so much to the cultural life of the UK, yet we are marginalised and our voices go unheard.”
Rapport Festival will include outdoor theatre performances of The Man Who Changed the World from Two Gents Productions, Akwaaba Dance by Spoken Movement, community theatre performances directed by Tony Cealy, a photographic exhibition, and workshops, with a pop up dark room from Eddie Otchere, film screenings at the Whirled Cinema and talks and debates hosted by The Fempire Collective.
Community engagement and participation is an integral element of the festival. Rapport will give black Britons a seat at the table. It will close with a night celebrating the unique contribution of the African diaspora to music with rappers, MCs and DJs, from Hip-Hop to grime, genres that enable urban black voices to be heard and that would not ordinarily exist
As well as formal venues, the streets of Brixton will be a backdrop. Festival goers can expect to see theatre unfolding in vacant shop doorways and markets. Brixton landmarks such as Windrush Square and Electric Avenue will feature prominently.
“All the world’s a stage, and Brixton will be ours for two days. Its iconic status in the lives of the British African diaspora, and the Windrush generation in particular, provides us with a perfect setting. As urban regeneration continues its inexorable march, we want to re-engage with a community that feels disregarded and reclaim Brixton’s black heritage for a new generation,” says Samuels.
Form more information go to Rapport Festival