Due to the overwhelming and unexpected success of our Crowdfunder we have decided to extend our stretch target. This will help facilitate:
- Paying a team of events staff who will support and be on hand to ensure the smooth running of Black Girl Festival 2017
- Financing a Christmas market with Black Business market traders and food vendors
- Establishing a series of FREE Saturdays workshops and masterclasses starting at the beginning of 2018 for self-identifying Black women and girls of ages based on arts, cultural and social topics
The UK's first Black British festival for women and girls is designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK. We want to create a space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community through a combination of the arts, music, culture and conversation.
Black Girl Festival is a venture by Paula Akpan, co-founder of the 'I'm Tired' Project and social media coordinator for gal-dem, and Nicole Crentsil, founder of Unmasked Women. Both are passionate about celebrating and championing Black women and wanted to create a festival that showcases London's talented creative community of Black British women.
With a fully funded project, we will be able to commission artists, panellists, workshop facilitators, musicians and poets for a day-long festival on Sunday 29th October as part of our British Black History Month celebrations. We aim to find a space in Central London which will cater for a marketplace, zine and art fair, and a food market as well as an area for the panels we will be hosting and a number of workshops during the day and entertainment later in the evening. Additionally, funding we receive will enable us to make the entire festival free for all to attend - yay!
To show our appreciation for your support, donors can receive badges, totes and goodie bags.
You can get in touch with us via email at [email protected] or tweet us @blackgirlfest
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