Join us for our first listening session part of SAFE & SOUND, our community generated archive and playlist. In its first iteration we have partnered with @blmfest generating an intentionally Black and Queer playlist.
We recount the history of UK Black Queer party culture and explore its politics both in these space and beyond, accompanied by some of the story's key tracks.
Our second listening session will be chaired by Kayza Rose, the founding director of BLM FEST, Joining the session are Dylema, Corinne Humphreys, Kieran George & a performance by Chloe Filani
Kayza Rose is a dynamic creative producer, artistic director, filmmaker, BLM activist and cultural leader based in London, UK. For more than a decade, she has focused her work on creating change for Black and POC through a variety of editorial, creative and artistic endeavours for companies and community-based organisations.
Kayza founded BLM Fest as a way to expand the narrative around Black Lives Matter. The vision is for a future that celebrates Black lives, the breadth of the Black experience and centres the fusion of our many different cultural expressions.We do this through platforming and amplifying Black achievement through an annual festival and year-round engagements, led and produced by Black people for everyone.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria this Igbo traditional artist popularly known as Griot weaves into her artistry the experience of her igbo culture and her British experience. Like a true igbo diasporan (African living in the western hemisphere) DYLEMA focuses on portraying the story of melanin people, especially Africans living outside Africa. She does this through her portraiture and unique live performances. Her first exhibition was held at South London’s acclaimed Copeland Gallery. Followed by a solo exhibition at the prestigious Somerset House October 2022.
Born and raised in East London, Corinne Humphreys lives between the worlds of Sport and Music through her career as an athlete, health and wellbeing advocate and DJ. Corinne is a strong believer in the power of using music to elevate and inspire, whether it be gearing up to run in front of thousands of people, or in a nightclub under purple lights, music is everything.
KieranGeorge is an Artist Services Label Manager for The Orchard, Sony Music; working across a roster of 70 artists including Giggs, NSG, and Chip. Previously coming from a creative background Kieran started his music journey, performing for met electronic international group, The Prodigy.
He now uses his passion and experience of the creative and business aspects of the music industry to manage an independent record label Buttrfly Haus, operating across the UK and US.
Chloe AyoDeji Filani, Artist of Poetry, Performance, Black Feminism, Public Speaker and workshop facilitator.
My artistic practice/poetry works with my lived experience of being a black trans woman and the broader themes of identity of power structures and finding hope in the imagination and storytelling.