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This October 2020 we present an all-digital version of Black Gold Arts Festival. Featuring workshops, discussions, talks and performances.

This year’s BGAF focuses on Decolonising Theatre. We have new film commissions, a female-DJ-MC extravaganza, and a Black queer Manchester Garden Party. Join in with ‘how-to’ workshops on creating performance art, and telling a narrative across digital platforms. We’ll even get you vogueing in your living room!


The festival kicks off with a launch talk from performer Travis Alabanza, star of their award-winning solo show Burgerz [Total Theatre Award], cited by OUT as a singularly influential queer figure.

Keynote speaker Topher Campbell takes us Beyond Decolonising Theatre in the symposium on Saturday


Performance artist Stacy Makishi will be giving a day-long workshop, with limited spaces for a more indepth experience. Manchester’s Maya Chowdhry will be guiding people through creating digital art across platforms, essential in reaching audiences during social distancing.


Award-winning Glasgow-based choreographer Mele Broomes has created a digital, Black Gold-commissioned meditation on Love and Solidarity with a Q and A from Degna Stone, one of Bloodaxe’s ‘Ten Poets of the New Generation’.

Learn from the master as legendary vogue artist and Black Gold Arts Co-Artistic Director Darren Pritchard gives a sassy vogue workshop.

Music, Sounds and Spoken Word

The Basement Collective and Artist Christian Asare presents Queerantine, a garden party for a Sunday afternoon, with music and spoken word performances.

Black Gold has commissioned three queer women from Commonword’s Notes On A Mic Drop to create a short film.

London’s Highrise Theatre presents a new digital version of their fab sell-out hit Lil.Miss.lady, followed by an all-women DJ/MC party.

We’re thrilled to present the premiere of Black Gold Arts Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Martin’s Unlimited Wellcome Partnership commissioned film One Woman.

Take a hypnotic journey inside her mind as she tells the story of growing up with severe mental illness, with binaural sound.

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