An Afrofuturist celebration of outstanding Black writers, poets, performers, scientists and thinkers from around the globe; a joyfully radical offering for the cultural landscape and zeitgeist. A new biennial hybrid Arts festival curated by Irenosen Okojie MBE.
BLACK TO THE FUTURE aims to be a rich London-based biennial event on the global calendar with a multi-day programme of cultural and literary-focused showcases underpinned by an Afrofuturistic ethos, welcoming fantastic artists from around the world, taking place at iconic venues around London. These include live-streamed talks, readings, performances, films, plays and workshops by local and international writers, artists and performers, complemented by and combined with a technological strand featuring thought leaders, entrepreneurs and cross-disciplinary innovators. The inaugural event series is planned for Autumn 2023, with the theme of ‘Black Phantasmagoria’, focusing on invigorating dialogues and genres within which Black literature and art is flourishing. We shall explore contributions in science, literature and technology, and feature discussions that mine elements of Black lives to be meaningfully celebrated. Some conversations will take a closer look at the hidden aspects of that existence from all over the world. Celebrated author Irenosen Okojie has curated for the Southbank Centre, the BBC, Duckie and programmed the Maverick Women and The Moon strand at Moon Festival featuring Margaret Atwood. She co-presents Turn up for the Books podcast on BBC Sounds with Simon Savidge and Bastille front man, Dan Smith, and is a judge for the 2023 Women’s Prize. The event will be produced by Sara Veal, who specialises in immersive events, and created an edible book launch catered by London Afro Vegan for Irenosen’s Nudibranch, winner of the Ako Caine prize.