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Black Atlantic: a weekend of decolonial activity in Plymouth exploring tactics for imagining just & sustainable planetary futures here & now

Black Atlantic is a weekend of public programming where participants are invited to consider how far racial equity and inclusion can serve as creative tactics for the imagination of just and sustainable planetary futures here and now. The weekend will be a celebration of such tactics in all their diversity and will combine a free event as well as this ticketed programme at The Market Hall.

On 25 November at KARST, the day will begin with a workshop by educator Tanisha Hicks-Beresford on joy as a decolonial strategy. This will be followed by conversations with artists Sylvie Sema Glissant and Angela Camacho with podcaster Jelena Sofronijevic (Empirelines) about their contributions to Against Apartheid.

The programme then moves to the Market Hall starting with Musical Passage, a free open jam session led by jazz educators Tomorrow’s Warriors and involving young people from across Devon and Cornwall.

The ticketed programme commences at 5pm with a keynote presentation by Francoise Verges marking the 30th anniversary of Paul Gilroy’s seminal book The Black Atlantic; songs performed by singer Angeline Morrison reflecting the Black British presence in English folk music over centuries; an in-conversation with renowned decolonial theorist Paul Gilroy and podcaster Jelena Sofronijevic (Empirelines); and DJ Yoda’s 50 years of Hip-Hop set.

Planetary Imagination, an installation by Ashish Ghadiali originally commissioned by The Box, will play on a loop inside the Market Hall’s immersive dome throughout the evening.

Throughout the day, food from the team at Jabulani will be on sale and available at KARST from 12-2pm and then at The Market Hall from 5pm.

On Sunday 26 November the morning will begin with a Deep Listening workshop by Ximena Alarcon from The Center for Deep Listening at 10am at the Mayflower Steps. Participants will then take part in A Silent Walk following a route designed by members of the Open City Night school and ending at the Peace Garden on Plymouth Hoe, where the weekend’s proceedings will be drawn to a close around midday.

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Image: Sylvie Sema Glissant