Spoken word & Live literature

Cosmic Ashoke: An Evening of Afrofuturism

Part of Africa Utopia

Sound and visuals collide in an Afro-futuristic multi-artform experience. Travelling from an unknown past to unseen futures, Cosmic Ashoke will explore Afro-futuristic poetry and music through unique visual and auditory experiences.

Expect pop-up performances and diasporic storytelling, as we journey through the tradition of the Griot to modern day black British futurism. Featuring sets from Zena Edwards, Transits and Theresa Lola and Jacob V Joyce.

Zena Edwards
Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London, was nominated for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry 2007, the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship Award 2017, and won the Hidden Creatives Award 2012 for Youth Engagement through the Arts. As a poet, Zena's writing for performance explores the creative voice immersed in issues exploring collective and personal revolution in the midst of social injustice and all its intersections.

Her poems, articles and blogs for social and environmental issues, race and power are published in Open Democracy, Dance the Guns to Silence in Commemoration The Ogoni 9, Platform London’s blog featured in documentary Riots Reframed, Voice Over Films and Loose Muse New Writing for Women.

Theresa Lola
Theresa is a British Nigerian poet. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Bridport Poetry Prize and was one of the winners of the 2016 Magic Oxygen Poetry Prize. She is the 2017 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion and is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni.

Using melody to transmit spoken word and vocals, Transits are an eclectic duo made up of theatre maker, Elizabeth (Zeddie) Lawal and performance artist, Louisa Robbin. Following their union in 2015, Transits are continuously developing their craft. As a pair of writers, Transits allow their poetry to inform their unique harmonic style, creating melody through conversations and rhyme. Recent involvements include, Shout Festival 2015 – 2016, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Pride 2015 – 2016 and mac Birmingham.

Jacob V Joyce
Jacob V Joyce is a non-binary interdisciplinary artist that disrupts commercial and community spaces with queer and decolonial, creative interventions. Currently working as an illustrator for Global Justice Now, Jacob creates the artwork for international human rights campaigns, as well as comic books and zines addressing personal and global instances of systemic oppression.

Produced by ART!VIST UK & Afro Futures UK and hosted by Danni Ebanks-Ingram.

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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For ages 16+