“Afrofuturism… combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism.”
Inspired by the work of Afrofuturist artists, writers and musicians like Octavia Butler, George Clinton and Janelle Monae, Future|Journeys looks into ways to express the voices of the marginalised, exploring race, gender and alternative technologies for creating new ways of co-existing.
Afrofuturism at WoWfest, in partnership with AfroFutures_UK and Next Stop New York, will feature a diverse mix of inspirational speakers and workshops lead by some of biggest names in Afrofuturism.
Here are some highlights of the event:
Afrofuturism’s keynote panel will feature author and filmmaker Ytasha Womack and artists Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo, Nikky Norton Shafau and Jon Daniel.
The audience can immerse themselves in a series of exciting workshops, both techy and creative. There will be a chance to learn how to create interactive tech-art with the Arduino, combining electronics, coding and imagination.
The MossCode team will be hosting a programming workshop. Audiences can learn how to create their own coding projects, from web apps to games. Suitable for all who want to learn!
Exhibiting at the Liverpool Slavery Museum, Jon Daniel is an artist who draws on his experience growing up as a black kid in London during the 70s and 80s. He’ll be talking about his current exhibition ‘Afro Supa Hero’ and the people who have inspired and motivated him throughout his life.
‘The Second Coming’ workshop, led by Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo will provide a space to discuss and explore the impact of inherited memory on the African-Caribbean diaspora. This is particularly resonant, given Liverpool’s historical involvement with the 18th century slave trade, and will be a thought provoking experience, challenging audiences to think deeply about how community experiences can affect the way we navigate issues in the present and beyond.
Nikky Norton Shafau’s Storybook is an interactive workshop where audiences will be invited to create a story of the self and reimagine how this can be used to inspire and channel new ideas about what people can achieve – both on an individual and community level.
Future|Journeys: Afrofuturism at WoWfest
In Partnership with AfroFutures_UK & Next Stop New York
Venue: District, 61 Jordan St, Liverpool, L1 0BP
Date: Saturday 21st May
Time: 1pm – 6pm
Tickets: £5/3, from Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office
Jerry Dammers (The Specials) Future|Journeys After Party
Saturday 21st May / 8pm til late
District, 61 Jordan St, Liverpool, L1 0BP
Tickets available via Skiddle