It’s Black History Month in the UK and the first ever Black Girl Festival is in the works. On October 29, 2017, the black girl magic will be sprinkling all over the place in London.
The festival is curated by Paul Akpan, co-founder of the I’m Tired project and gal-dems social media editor, Nicole Crenstil, the creator of Unmasked Women, an exhibition which explores the black British female experience in relation to mental health.
The festival aims to celebrate and recognize the beauty and pain that black girls in the UK go through. If you plan on attending and haven’t got your ticket yet, tickets are SOLD OUT with over 300 expected guests. You can, however, get on the waitlist by clicking here.
“This is needed because black British women are never truly celebrated for just existing in a world that places us at the bottom of the heap. It’s so important to acknowledge the unique struggle that black women face in terms of misogynoir while living in a country where people think racism doesn’t exist.” – Paul Akpan
If you aren’t familiar with the term Misogynoir it is the combination of racism and sexism. This topic will be further discussed by BBZ London, during their workshop on gender and sexuality at the festival. Black in the Day will also be hosting a live scanning social, and a panel on the natural hair movement. There will also be a marketplace with pop-up shop’s filled with work created for and by black women. Vendors will include illustrator Olivia Twist, artist DorcasCreates, artisan afro beauty brand The Afro Hair & Skin Co. and zines from SWEET THANG and gal-dem.
“We’ve essentially invited everyone we’re massive fans of and have purchased from before. When we’re not running around organizing on the day, you can catch me in the marketplace getting my life.” – Paul Akpan
The event is inclusive and free of charge.
The festival is for black women and girls of all ages.
“Throughout the planning of this day, while the day is for all ages, we’ve really tried to focus on what we would’ve loved to have around when we were younger such as conversations around natural hair, identifying as other than ‘heterosexual’ and ‘cis’ within the black community and talking about mental health in relation to blackness.” – Paul Akpan
We love this act of #blackgirlmagic! You can get in touch with Black Girl Festival via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet them @blackgirlfest