Kuumba Nia Arts: Black Theatre Symposium

In an age where hidden histories are being bought to light, this one-day live symposium aims to celebrate and reveal the momentous journey undertaken by the Black community to fully integrate into the world of British Theatre.

  • Did you know that Black performance art and performance preceded Ancient Greece?
  • Did you know that a Black man in the 18th century was so good at playing at playing Shakespeare’s characters that he was hounded out of the country?
  • Did you know that a Black Hollywood star came to England in the 1930’s and aided by a set of socially conscious Liverpudlians created the beginnings of a Black theatre movement that exists and is still going strong today?

Presenters and panellists include:

  • Patrice Naiambana – acclaimed actor
  • Angie Amra Anderson – much-travelled African Drummer and performer
  • Griot Chinyere – modern-day African storyteller
  • Terry Adams – Relationship Manager representing the Arts Council who will discuss the Arts Council’s ongoing support for the development of work by Black and Other minority groups.

Join Kuumba Nia Arts for a day of insights, discussion, sharing, creativity, performance and networking.

Tickets and refreshments are free and spaces limited.

This event follows government covid-19 safety measures and has been supported by funding from the Arts Council. The day shall be filmed and made available online and findings shall be shared.

About Kuumba Nia Arts

Kuumba Nia Arts believes that Black Theatre should be recognised not just in terms of the colour of those that produce, direct, write and perform it, but that Black theatre has its own identity. That identity is not only reflected in the inspirational history of our theatre in Britain, from the work of early pioneers such as writers Derek Walcott and Mustapha Mathura and companies such as Umoja, Talawa, Temba, Black Theatre Cooperative, The Black Mime Theatre and Ujamaa to name but a few. But also, that Black Theatre is rooted in a form and style that is non-European and is essentially a retention of our African roots in Britain.

The symposium will be the first of its kind to be staged in Oxford and will become a  part of Kuumba Nia Arts’ yearly activity plan. It takes its lead from the Eclipse report but rather than to repeat the process, aims to take a step further forward.  In two directions. Following the theme “The Origins History and true identity of Black British Theatre”, Kuumba Nia Arts aims to:

  • Use the Symposium as a reminder of the issues raised in the Eclipse report and highlight areas that still require development.
  • Use the symposia as a signposting event, giving companies and venues the opportunity to inform the delegates (and wider theatre community through publication of the ensuing report), of opportunities that are available them, by locality and nationally.
  • To raise Awareness of the unique history of Black Theatre and seek to begin to address its lack of coverage in Academia

Kuumba Nia Arts: Black Theatre Symposium

22 October 2020 - 10:00 am

Free entry

Extra information

Seating has been removed in the venue to maintain social distancing. Please only book seats for people in your household bubble. To ensure social distancing, entry to the venue will be staggered – you will be contacted two days before the show with information about your timed entry slot.

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