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    The Black Fabulous: The Swan Opening Ceremony

    Fri 22 Jul, 6pm
    Riverside Terrace, Level 2
    Accessible events
    Musical artist Nwando Ebizie from behind looking to the left in a golden headband
    Natalie Sharp

    Artist Nwando Ebizie begins a celebratory weekend of Black fabulation with a line-up of DJs from the AltBlax collective.

    This is the first event in a celebratory weekend of free Black fabulation on our terrace, curated by multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie, as part of Summer: In the Black Fantastic.

    AltBlax collective was founded on creating safe fun and joyous spaces for Black Queer, trans and gender-non-conforming people. For AltBlax, raving is a form of protest and resistance: ‘We love to party just like our ancestors did and continue to, through our bodies.’

    DJs Kayodeine, Sekuru, AunTeee and SPxCEPRINCEsexX are playing Afrofuturistic, Black Atlantic and space euphoric tunes to ground us In the Black Fantastic.

    Streaming from Accra, Ghana, you can listen to their show AltBlax FM on Oroko radio.

    Need to know

    Please note that Nwando Ebizie is no longer performing live at this event.

    A rest space is available on The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. This is a more relaxed space with mindful activities for audiences to rest and reset, and curated resources letting you delve further into the themes of Nwando Ebizie’s curated weekend.

    Please note that British Sign Language interpretation is no longer available at this event.

    Dates & times

    Fri 22 Jul, 6pm
    Approximate run time: 270 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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