Liverpool, with the oldest continuous black community in Europe, has a vibrant heritage, enriched by successive waves of immigration. Black History Month this year will shine a light on the city’s history but, like the Liver Bird, it looks out across the Atlantic for international connections.
Artistic Director, Jubeda Khatun said, “The rise of the Black Lives Matter campaign during the ongoing pandemic has created greater awareness of the injustices of prejudice and racism across the globe, and a sense of solidarity has become more prominent, but the work is not over. BlackFest will not stop working towards support and equity for Black creatives and the communities we engage with.”
As part of the month’s packed line-up of events, BlackFest will also be sharing Hear Me Now, a song that was created, written, produced by their 2019 festival cohort of young actors, to challenge institutional racism, toxic masculinity, hegemony, gentrification and racism. Watch the official video here.
The live broadcast of the soundscape will be FREE to watch online on BlackFest’s Facebook Page, but the festival team are asking for donations to help them produce and create more events and commissions in the future, in order to celebrate and empower Black artists and artists of colour across the North West.