Join us for the first instalment of Arnolfini lates, a series of immersive artist takeovers. Experience out of hours access to the exhibition alongside music, film and performative happenings across the building, followed by late night music in the café bar.
Welcome to Afrometropolis, a futuristic funkadelic new city taking over Arnolfini for one night. Alive with discordant sounds, spoken word, dance and bright lights, Afrometropolis will feature a series of live happenings, inviting audiences to carousel around the building, joining in as the sights and sounds of the city come to life.
The Afro-metropolis is an inclusive city state. All can enter.
Film: Afrometropolis Cinema
A screening of Afrofuturist short films curated by programming collective Come the Revolution.
Audiovisual: Akomfrah Badu Square
Honouring audio visual artist John Akomrah and sonic pioneer Erykah Badu, Arnolfini's auditorium is the site for a live collaboration between visual and sound artists creating the sound and vision of the Afro-metropolis. Illustrate and contribute ideas or sit back and be inspired.
Discussion: Octavia Diop Society Manifesto
Inspired by seminal Black Sci-Fi writer Octavia Butler and polymath Cheik Anta Diop, this is the place where, using scraps of visionary writing, guided conversation and discussion, we create the manifesto for the Afrometropolis. Socialist? Humanist? Capitalist? Restorative justice? You decide. New citizens need a new creed.
Music: Fela Square
Inspired by the mesmerizing grooves of Afrobeat's Fela dynasty & the birthplace of Jazz this corner of Arnolfini becomes the meeting point to create the sound and music of Afrometropolis. Bring your instrument bring your voice be part of the jam.
Spoken Word: Saul Lorde Corner
The godfather of spoken word Saul Williams, seminal Black feminist Audre Lorde and London's speaker's corner are the inspirations for the sharing of spoken word that challenges contemporary society & creates a new vision for the Afrometropolis. Bring your poems, reflections, flash fiction, prose.
Late Music in the bar (9-12pm)
Meet on the dance floor and throw futuristic shapes as Come the Revolution & friends present a Afrofuturist fuelled party.