Friday 27 November, 2020

Black Consciousness Festival begins

Pupils of Barataria Anglican School perform in A Alma Brasileira, staged in 2018 by the Brazilian Studies Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the UWI, St Augustine, to mark Black Consciousness Day (O Dia da Consciência Negra), which is celebrated annually in Brazil on November 20. 
Photo courtesy Rapso Imaging Ltd/ Black Consciousness Festival: Pride, Power, Practice.

Pupils of Barataria Anglican School perform in A Alma Brasileira, staged in 2018 by the Brazilian Studies Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the UWI, St Augustine, to mark Black Consciousness Day (O Dia da Consciência Negra), which is celebrated annually in Brazil on November 20. Photo courtesy Rapso Imaging Ltd/ Black Consciousness Festival: Pride, Power, Practice.

African-heritage people from around the world and allies have joined in an online festival led by a team based in Trinidad and Tobago.

The inaugural Black Consciousness Festival: Pride. Power. Practice is centred around “20 conversations for 2020” and will run from November 1—30.

The festival has its roots in the commemoration of Black Consciousness Day (O Dia da Consciência Negra), which is celebrated annually in Brazil on November 20 since 2003.

The Brazilian Studies Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the UWI, St Augustine, began hosting events for students a few years ago to honour the day.

However, according to the event's website. 2020 has been a special year, leading to the culmination of many social, cultural, and political events worldwide, underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic. This perfect storm created the conditions for the emergence of this online festival.

Participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Brazil, the USA, Guyana, Haiti, Nigeria, Panama, Cuba, the UK and Zimbabwe are among those scheduled to be part of the month-long celebration and introspection.

Twenty conversations will be at the heart of the festival.

Joining the conversations will be New Management - Paramin BlueDevils; members of the world-famous Brazilian Afro-Blocos Olodum and Ilê Aiye; calypso icon David Michael Rudder; award-winning multimedia journalist Dash Harris Machado; author, activist and scholar Merle Hodge; Pan-Africanist organiser Khafra Kambon; and US celebrity food entrepreneur Shannon Allen.

The programme include workshops in African Talking drum, Dance of the Orixas and traditional foods. There will be an art market and networking nights for service providers and entrepreneurs.

Registration for the festival is free and open to all.

Its organisational team is led by Festival Director Erica Ashton, and includes youth activist Nadella Oya (Creative Strategy and Programming Director), Heather McIntosh-Simon (Partnership and Sponsorship Director), and Sean Samad (Content and Communications Director).

The festival will be streamed across all major platforms online.

For further information: theblackconsciousnessfestival.com info@theblackconsciousnessfestival.com

 

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