Indaba X celebrate black culture at Southbank

Other | Tuesday 3rd September 2019 | Phil

With this year’s festival in tribute to the late, great, Nobel Prize winning African UN Secretary-General Koffi Annan, Indaba X will be showcasing and celebrating Black culture with a series of carefully curated events as part of the wider Africa Utopia Festival. 

Indaba X 2019 offers participants and audience members the chance to explore perceptions of black identity through a variety of mediums. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in topical panel discussions and informative educational workshops as hosted by influencers and trailblazers from different fields of academia, art, and industry, with a handpicked selection of live musical performances and critically acclaimed award-winning film also there to enjoy. 

Indaba X’s Southbank Centre weekend takeover includes a screening of the award-winning Oscar nominated documentary ‘Black Sheep’ in the Purcell Room on 13th September. On the same night, the headline perfomance in the Royal Festival Hall at Afrika Shrine Live comes from legendary West African afro beat king Femi Kuti featuring celebrated US hip hop artist Talib Kweli and outspoken social commentator and author, the British rapper Akala, who himself will be further discussing the impact of colonialism on black identity and Africa itself on the afternoon of the 14th September in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Sunday 15th September sees discussions on film and music across the day in the Purcell Room, as well as an evening full of stand up comedy in the Royal Festival Hall hosted by the energising grime artist and TV celebrity Big Narstie.    



Speakers over the weekend include the actor/director Londoner Noel Clarke, historian/political activist and key Windrush campaigner Patrick Vernon OBE, as well as two time Super Bowl Winner sportsman turned BBC pundit, Osi Umenyiora amongst many others. Topics include the renaissance in black film, the history of black music from blues to grime, and the price and power of protest in sport.

Indaba X is on from 13th-15th September at Southbank Centre with all proceeds from the weekend long event going to charitable organisations such as the Koffi Annan Foundation and 56 Black Men.

To view full event listings or to reserve tickets, visit their website here


(photo - Southbank Centre)