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September 2019

LDIF+ Talawa Technique with Thomas Prestø

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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£85 20 tickets left

An intensive session with Thomas Prestø on Talawa technique, a fully codified system of body movement rooted in traditional African and Caribbean movement aesthetics; yet relevant in the contemporary. The technique combines rhythmic structures, a specialized approach to grounding, and traditional African aesthetic movement qualities to allow dancers to develop full ownership of their bodies and embrace their own identities. The masterclass includes a ticket to Tabanka Dance ENsemble's performance on Friday 27 September 2019.

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Black History Month Launch: Tabanka

September 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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£14 – £16 75 tickets left

Tabanka African and Caribbean Peoples Dance Ensemble is a Norwegian based company, led by by artistic director Thomas Talawa Prestø. Rooted in the real need for a kinetic voice that speaks the stories and histories of African diasporic bodies in a modernistic and futuristic reality. The company share a rich and vibrant mixed billed of work that encompasses their unique approach to art and community from an Afrofuturistic and Caribfuturistic perspective, a phrase coined by the company.

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October 2019

BHM Film: Claudine

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left

Director John Berry, English, USA, 1974, 92 min, 15 A landmark film starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, Claudine, addresses the conundrums of the welfare system and challenges the notions of the ‘welfare queen’.  Claudine (Carroll) supports herself and her six children by working secretly as a maid, whilst garbage collector Roop attempts to win her affections and earn the trust of her children.

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BlackChat: Integrated Casting

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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BlackChat is a year-round forum to exchange and discuss issues which directly affect Black Communities, such as health, heritage and identity.  BlackChat is open to all, encouraging diverse audiences to engage with Black History Month. This edition of BlackChat explores integrated casting, the practice of casting without considering an actor’s ethnicity. The discussion will feature panellist including producers, programmers, artistic directors and actors who will explore best practice in increasing representation of cultural diversity on stage and making a step…

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An Evening with SuAndi

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ
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£14 – £16 60 tickets left

SuAndi was born in Hulme, Manchester, with absolutely no aspirations to be a writer, she literally walked into the arts as a model and the poet was quick to follow.  She is the Cultural Director of Black Arts Alliance, a recipient of a NESTA Dreamtime award, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her contributions to the Black Arts Sector in 1999. A unique opportunity to listen to SuAndi share writings and reflections from a career…

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Time and Judgement: A Diary of 400 Year Exile

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left

Dir: Menelik Shabazz, Documentary, UK, 1988, 84 min, TBC An overview of the African Liberation Movement over 400 hundred years, Time and Judgement narrates the tribulations and successes of people from the African diaspora, establishing a connection between biblical prophecy and the times we are living in. Through archival footage and creative film the film examines the lives of leaders such as Maurice Bishop, Walter Rodney, Jessie Jackson, Samora Machel, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey and others.

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The Man Who Mends Women

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left

Dir: Thierry Michel, Documentary, Belgium, 2015, 112 min, TBC Doctor Mukwege has helped thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whilst facing attempts on his own life. But he is not in his struggle, the women to whom he has restored physical integrity and dignity, stand beside him, true activists for peace, hungry for justice.

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BHM Live

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£10 – £12 72 tickets left

BHM Live is an initiative that supports and showcases the work of emerging Black artists across art forms. This year the platform will present several new pieces of work exploring identity, labels and The Oreo Complex – Isaac Ouro-Gnao Fusing West African Agbaja and hip hop dance practice, Isaac explores the psychological impact of labels on Black identity. Isaac’s work seeks to empower Black communities to take ownership of their identity and reclaim words and terms of discrimination. Black List…

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Every Cook Can Govern: The Life and Work of CLR James

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left

Directors Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris, Documentary, UK, 2016, 121 min, TBC Interweaving never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James with personal contributions from those who knew him and astute historical and political analysis from leading scholars of his work. Exploring issues from colonialism to cricket, the film looks at the life of a pivotal historian, journalist and socialist.

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Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work and Catch a Fire

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left

Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work Dir Cheikh Djemai, Algeria/France, 2001, 52 mins., in French and Arabic with English subtitles, TBC Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of Black consciousness known as negritude. The film traces the short and intense life of one of the…

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