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Theatre launches Black History Month programme

16 October 2020

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, migrant-led arts organisation Maokwo has teamed up with the Belgrade Theatre to develop Black Futures, a programme of events celebrates Black creativity. 

Taking place both online and in-person, Black Futures is a multi-disciplinary celebration of Black creativity, collaboration and entrepreneurship in the West Midlands. 

In line with Maokwo’s ethos of giving space to diverse artists and amplifying unheard voices, the programme has been co-created by young people through its Yxng & Gxfted initiative, empowering them to tell their own stories and shape their vision for the future.

Events and exhibitions will take place throughout October and November.

The first exhibition, Motherland, took place this week, and featured images captured by photographer and Belgrade Theatre audience development officer Ayesha Jones travelled with her mother to Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Benin. 

Ayesha said:“These images offer a snapshot of a reality that has ‘natural order’ at its centre. I was exposed to a culture that has been working with nature for thousands of years.

"At the start of our visit I was told that in the Motherland they call people from the West, ‘the people with eyes who can’t see’. By the end of our stay, I knew exactly what they meant.”

The full programme of exhibitions and events can be found at www.belgrade.co.uk/whats-on/black-futures

Pictured: One of the images taken as part of Motherland

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