A West London theatre is holding a festival to celebrate blackness featuring music, cabaret and poetry.
International prize-winning writer Lemn Sissay and platinum-selling artist Shingai are all set to headline the first For the Culture – Celebrations of Blackness Festival at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
From January 28 to 30, the Lyric will host theatre performances, music, readings, discussions, talks, films, food, art, hair and beauty, and more, all celebrating Black joy, talent, culture and creativity.
Other headliners include drag diva Le Gateau Chocolat, the 90s Baby Show podcast.
Curators Dr Peggy Brunache, Tinuke Craig and Nicholai La Barrie said: “The resurgence of Black Lives Matter is rocket fuel for a global reckoning.
“For the Culture does not ask sweetly, quietly to please see our humanity. We must be loud, we must be rebellious, we must be grateful, and we must be joyful.
“This inaugural festival is an inspiring programme of love and inclusivity, through art, music, intellect, literature, and self-care.
“Every artist who shares their gift and every person who joins us at the Lyric to share in this joy will help make this festival a beautiful celebration of our culture and of our resilience.”
The line-up includes children’s show Josephine about the life of performer, spy and activist Josephine Baker with further events to be announced.
Tickets are on sale at www.lyric.co.uk
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