The first Black Girl Fest takes place this weekend acknowledging the talents, achievements and struggles of black women. The organisation is founded by Nicole Crentsil and Paula Akpan who have assembled the sell-out lineup of cultural events taking place on Saturday’s one-day festival. The highly-anticipated festival is headed up by the one-and-only Jamelia, who will deliver the keynote speech; alongside talks from the singer Nao and a workshop by the brilliant culture editor of iNews, Victoria Sanusi.
The festival is the first of its kind in the UK, an absolutely necessary addition to London’s roster of cultural events. The festival covers art, music and literature and although these events are sold out, everyone can join the intergenerational conversation around black, female identity through the Time Out takeover.
The magazine’s takeover features characteristic cover illustrations from Catherine Morton-Abuah, and write-ups from Gal-dem’s Niella Harboine and the multi-award winning youth worker Tanya Compas; not to mention photography by Krystal Neuvill and Christina Nwabugo.
Packed with artistic and insightful content, Black Girl Fest’s takeover captures the realities of being a black woman in London. Additionally, the collective recognises the importance of queer, black spaces in the community and recommend their favourite spots for food, nightlife, theatre and more.
About the Author
Jyni became a staff writer in March 2019 having previously joined the team as an editorial assistant in August 2018. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Communication Design in 2017 and her previous roles include Glasgow Women’s Library designer in residence and The Glasgow School of Art’s Graduate Illustrator.