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About Us

BlackFest is a grassroots Liverpool Black arts festival founded in 2018. It showcases an eclectic mix of work from Black creatives, across community spaces and established venues. The program includes dance, visual arts, music, film, spoken word and theatre. The Festival answers a crucial need in the city’s cultural offering, celebrating Black arts and bridging the gap between institutions and the marginalised communities they represent. In 2019 BlackFest will encompass active conversations and collaborations with established arts organisations. BlackFest highlights work by, and creates new platforms for anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity.

Our Mission

To cultivate and nurture work from Black Artists and communities. Reflecting the dual identities, multiple experiences and narratives not seen and heard. Putting the lens to stories that are political, social, economically and emotionally charged that simultaneously intertwine to bring together our identities of what it means to being Black and British in the UK today.

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Vision

BlackFest is committed to Black Arts, programming and education, collaborating with artists, organisations and the community to encourage the creation, appreciation and access to the arts. We seek to nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and bring people together for powerful shared experiences that inspire a social change in the ecology of in arts in Liverpool.

Beliefs and Values

BlackFest aim to educate, empower and improve equality in the arts. Ensuring we do this with integrity, resilience and become a collective voice for change.

Equality – Use arts as a tool enhancing wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion in the city’s arts institutions and community spaces through representation and visibility.

Empower – Celebrate Black arts and experiences from authentic lenses through creativity and community participation. Reflecting the city’s growing multicultural communities and artists providing an inclusive platform showcasing their talents.

Educate – Fostering artistic development of emerging and aspiring regional artists. Developing communities and providing quality, diverse opportunities, shared artistic experiences for all, inspiring participation in the creation, understanding, and access to the arts.

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Co – Founder Producer and Festival DirectorJubeda Khatun

Jubeda Khatun is a freelance workshop facilitator, producer, theatre maker and director. She graduated in Performing Arts in 2009 at Salford university. Jubeda became an Outreach Co-ordinator at the Everyman Theatre in partnership with The Bluecoat, where she co-ordinated and delivered an inclusive programme of participatory arts and cultural work in the Alt Valley Neighbourhood Area. Dubbed a future leader of tomorrow alumni of Artistic Director Leadership programme delivered by a cohort of theatres, Tiata Fahodzi, 20 Stories High, Freedom Studios and Talawa Theatre Company which is designed to change the face of leadership.

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Co- Founder and Associate ProducerBlue Saint

Blue Saint is a rapper, singer-songwriter, designer, poet, spoken word artist and producer that blends hip–hop, RnB and electronic music. A part of Writing on the Wall’s Liverpool Young Writers at the ages twelve to sixteen, winner of the Poetry Society’s SLAMbassadors Award at fourteen, A MOBO nominee at the age of fifteen, a winner of Merseyrail Soundstation 2014, a prize celebrating breaking new talent in the Liverpool music scene, and a member of the award winning theatre company 20 Stories High.

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Associate ProducerPaige Smith

Paige has worked in the events industry as a performer for over ten years, specialising in Musical Theatre, Children’s entertainment and corporate events where she devises shows and performs at large corporate venues such as: Elland Road Stadium & Cedar Court Hotels. Aside from her roles on the stage with acts such as her ABBA tribute band, Paige graduated last year from LJMU with a 1st degree in events management and works as a youth worker in Liverpool.

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