I’ve been event hunting to get back in the UK afro hair scene because I’ve really missed it! And with the popularity of these events increasing, so are the prices my dears.
There are still a few free ones out there and HAIR is one of them! HAIR (or “History, Attitude, Identity and Respect”) is a new one day event taking place on the 7th October 2012 at Rich Mix, East London, supported by The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and The Rich Mix, which seeks to celebrate the various transformations of African hair over the generations. By separating the event into a chronological journey, HAIR will use music, art and debate to celebrate and communicate the story of black hair.
When: Sunday 7th October 2012, 11am-5pm
Cost: Free (advance booking required) to book visit http://hairbhm.eventbrite.com
Location: The Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E1 6LA
Contact details: Teanne Andrews | email@example.com | 07534 880 447
As an aspiring poet myself I am excited that there will be some spoken word at the event – featuring poet Kemi Taiwo expressing what African hair means to her.
Artist Akeisha Walters and Photographer Angela Dennis will also be at the event sharing their views on natural hair.
HAIR will also provide a platform for discussions around the significance of hair in the 21st century, demonstrations and a screening of the thought-provoking film “Black, Bold and Beautiful”.
“The issue of hair is one that never goes away for black women. There is still enormous pressure to conform to the norm. One only has to look at the controversy around Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas for proof. The fact that people (mainly from the black community) dared put her down because of her hairstyle, when she perform such an amazing feat is astonishing. It’s obvious that for some people her hair trumped all her talent, hard work and dedication”
commented Nadine Valcin, Director of ‘Black, Bold and Beautiful’.
This screening will be followed by a panel conversation with prominent members of the Afro Caribbean community.
I applaud Teanne Andrews, the event organiser, for curating the event and developing this concept as a free event that will celebrate black hair in a new and innovative way that enables a wider audience to interact and learn about African hair.
“There are so many amazing historical milestones to reflect upon relating to black hair and I wanted to capture them all, in one place, for people to enjoy,”
“Whether it triggers a positive memory, or brings about a serious question, HAIR is the platform for this to take place.”
I hope I manage to snag a ticket! Please let me know if you manage to.