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Launching the RJC Dance Black Cultural Exchange Project

29th September 2021

In time with Black History Month, RJC Dance is proud to launch its Black Cultural Exchange Project. The initiative, funded by Leeds Inspired, is a groundbreaking project that aims to shine a light on Black creatives working in culture and the arts. Each week throughout Black History Month, we’ll be sharing a series of short films.

These online presentations are designed for all - adults, young people and children can enjoy them. Each one uses Black Culture as the catalyst via: spoken word, story-telling, art, music, Black history and dance, to evoke a creative response.

The Black Cultural Exchange Project brings together a stellar group of accomplished black British freelance artists:

  • Ansell Broderick – Playwright & Dramatist
  • Azizi Cole - Musician & Performer
  • Khadijah Ibrahiim - Poet, Theatre Maker & Artistic Director
  • Dr Emily Zobel Marshall - Author
  • Rhian Kempadoo Millar – Artist & Designer
  • Zodwa Nyoni – Writer & Director
  • Nii Kwartey Owoo – Musician & Performer
  • Susan Pitter – Curator of the Eulogy Project Exhibition
  • African Dance / Storyteller
  • Joe Williams – Actor, Writer & Director

The series of films will celebrate, inform and inspire. By delivering the project online, we want to reach out to as many families as possible. Please enjoy and share these incredible films below, which we will add to each week during Black History Month and each month thereafter.

Our fourth film features drummer, composer and choreographer Azizi Cole as he joins Nii Kwartey Owoo in sharing their story, their music and what it means to them.

The third of our Black Cultural Exchange Project films features Nii Kwartey Owoo, as he introduces us to the Kpanlogo Dance and what it means to him. Learn some of the key movements and discover the fascinating history behind the dance.

On Friday 8th October, the spotlight shines on the immensely talented Zodwa Nyoni. Born in Zimbabwe, this award-winning Writer and Director shares her story, and invites Lladel Bryant to perform her work 'Ishmael'.

The first of our short films features the celebrated poet Khadijah Ibrahiim, as she takes us on a journey through her work, looking at some of the cultural references she draws upon.

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