BlaqueXplosion - Leeds International Festival
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#LEEDSINTFEST 2 - 12 MAY, 2019
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3 May
Various times

BlaqueXplosion

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Celebrating Black culture and the origins of Black sound with Frank Bruno MBE, Jermain Jackman and JoJo.

Black Health Initiative brings Leeds a day of discussion and celebration, showcasing the richness and vibrancy of Leeds’ Black British culture.

Exploring Black community through music, BlaqueXplosion will explore how music impacted the settlement of those of the Windrush community who adopted Leeds as their home. The day will carry on exploring, looking at how this fusion of cultures impacted on fashion, spoken word, health and politics

Listen to the impact of music on mental health in the public eye with Frank Bruno MBE, who’ll share his experiences. The Voice’s Jermain Jackman will also explore his entry into the public eye through politics and his musical journey, as well as providing vocals on the day alongside Black Health Initiative’s #Unsigned Acts. Enjoy all of this and so much more, including stalls selling authentic arts, crafts and jewellery.

The day transitions into night with internationally renowned Sound System Iration Steppas and guest DJs, combining the songs of yesteryear with contemporary beats, giving a festival feel to this unique, diverse, fun and informative celebration of Black Britishness here in Leeds.

Event partners

All Day Access - Standard Ticket

Friday 3 May 12:00 - 23:00
£40.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

All Day Access - Concession Ticket

Friday 3 May 12:00 - 23:00
£25.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Day Access - Standard Ticket

Friday 3 May 12:00 - 16:30
£30.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Day Access - Concession Ticket

Friday 3 May 12:00 - 16:30
£15.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Evening Access - Standard Ticket

Friday 3 May 16:30 - 23:00
£20.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Evening Access - Concession Ticket

Friday 3 May 16:30 - 23:00
£15.00
L19 Cube @ The Village

Additional Information:

Age restriction – Only 16+

Last entry – 16:30

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Famous boxer, then TV personality and actor, Frank also loves music, from Bob Marley to Mary J. Blige to Sammy Davis Jr. His well-documented bipolar disorder put him in the public eye, where he used media attention to help others, as well as setting up the Frank Bruno Foundation. “Let me be Frank” was published in 2017.

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Khadijah Ibrahiim was born in Leeds of Jamaican parentage. Hailed as one of Yorkshire’s most prolific poets by BBC Radio, she has appeared alongside the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah.

She is a literary activist, researcher, educator and Artistic director of Leeds Young Authors. Educated at the University of Leeds, she has a BA Honours in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and a MA in Theatre Studies. In 2013 she was amongst several poets invited to Buckingham palace, where the Queen and Duke honoured the work of Contemporary British poetry. Her writing has been supported through Inscribe.