The highly anticipated Black British arts, theatre, music, film and dance festival Melanin Box Festival is back in London this year, and taking place on August 4-5, at Theatre Peckham. After its sold-out debut at the Bussey Building in 2015 as the first ever UK festival dedicated to showcasing the multi-disciplinary work of Black British creatives, Melanin Box Festival is back for a two-day celebration of all things Performance Art, offering the very best new talent across arts, theatre, film, music and dance.
Created and curated by collaborative arts duo initiative.dkf, whose vision statement is to ‘normalize Black British narratives and atypical storytelling’, Melanin Box Festival aims to increase visibility and artistic opportunities for BME creatives in the UK, while bring the many diverse Black British experiences and subcultures to light. Participants of its 2015 debut such as Seraphina Beh (Eastenders, Bush Theatre, West End), Kayode Ewumi(Hood Documentary, Enterprice), and 2015 Synergy award winner Tobi Bamtefa (National Theatre, Sky Atlantic), have gone on to do amazing things, using Melanin Box Festival as their springboard.
This year’s festival will feature a new piece from Laurence Olivier Award winner Bola Agbaje (Sky Atlantic, ITV,Royal Court Theatre), a screening of Sundance Film Festival-premiered short film ‘The Right Choice’ by award-winning director Tomisin Adepeju, and a performance from powerhouse vocalist Ruth Brown (The Voice UK), among others.
There is also a unique competition element of the festival across theatre and film, with the winners in with the chance of winning a £400 development bursary and staging, a professional showreel from award-winning filmmaker Sebastian Thiel, and quality headshots from acclaimed photographer Kwaku Kyei, among other prizes.
Melanin Box Festival 2018 takes place on August 4-5 at Theatre Peckham. Advanced tickets are available right now via Eventbrite.