The Black Consciousness Festival returns with Salt celebration

THE 2021 edition of the Black Consciousness Festival (BCF) is set to be celebrated. The festival organisers announced through a statement that it will run from November 13 to 21st.

This year’s Festival will culminate in an all-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of Earl Lovelace’s Salt. UWI Vice-Chancellor Prof Sir Hilary Beckles will lead with remarks on Salt, an award-winning novel about the Black Caribbean experience. In another event on the day, author Earl Lovelace will be in conversation with BCF Festival Director Erica Ashton about the book.

The Black Consciousness Festival debuted online last year with a ground-breaking series of 20 conversations between Black influencers from around the world, including entrepreneurs, artists, cultural workers and intellectuals. Emphasizing youth participation, the Festival sought to unite Black voices to talk about and participate in workshops on the global experience of the Pan African Diaspora.

All BCF events are free and open to the public but the workshops will have limited spaces. Organizers are encouraging early registration with perks, including giveaways and, thanks to a partnership with kweliTV, free access during the Festival to a curated film playlist powered by the premium streaming platform of curated Black audio-visual content.

According to the BCF organizers, “Join with amazing people across the world as we explore the many ways we, as people of African descent grow, cultivate, produce, share and rebirth elements of ourselves. Through ancestral knowledge, historical legacy, pride, power and practice, let’s celebrate the individual and collective ways we navigate through life.”

This year’s BCF theme is SHIFT. On the schedule are 28 Conversations and six workshops. On November 20, which is Black Consciousness Day in Brazil, several special conversations have been planned to focuse on issues affecting those of African descent in Brazil.

Other highlights are an interactive African Folktales workshop for children with Omobola Imoisili, CEO and founder of Teni & Tayo Creations; and a drumming workshop with Afro-Peruvian cajón master, singer/songwriter Juan “Cotito” Medrano. Medrano is a heroic figure in Peru’s music scene. The cajón, a box drum, was developed by Peru’s African descendants as a response to a ban on drums—much like TT’s own tamboo bamboo and steelpan.

For the schedule of the second edition of the Black Consciousness Festival, participants are requested to register here:

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