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Lates: Afrometropolis Live

Friday 26 May 2017, 18:00 to 00:00

Join us for the first instalment of Arnolfini lates, a series of immersive artist takeovers. Experience out of hours access to our current exhibition by Basim Magdy, alongside music, film and performative happenings across the building, followed by late night music in the café bar.

Arnolfini will become Afrometropolis – a futuristic funkadelic new city curated by Come the Revolution & The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut. Through live audiovisual mash-ups, projections, spoken word, debate and a music jam we create the soul of a new city.

The Afrometropolis is an inclusive city-state. All can enter.

Be guided through different events across the whole building, discover them at your own pace and enjoy the current Basim Magdy exhibition after hours. 

The evening will begin with: 

Sembene Duverney Cinema: 6.00 -6.40

A series of short films curated by Come the Revolution, in partnership with Afrika eye, will set the stage for the evening of events. The programme is dedicated to the pioneering film directors Sembène Ousmane & Ava Duvernay and features classic Afrofuturist shorts.

Following the film shorts, happenings will take place across the building. Wander freely between activities or take a while to play a series of wooden games. 

The happenings will include:  

Akomfrah Badu Square 

Honouring audiovisual artist John Akomrah and sonic pioneer Erykah Badu, the auditorium will host a live collaboration between Adam Murray & Drojan Designs who will add and assemble cut and paste images to create an evolving audio-visual picture of Afrometropolis on the night.

John Akomfrah Vertigo Sea Trailer from Arnolfini on Vimeo.

Octavia Diop Society

Inspired by seminal Black Sci-Fi writer Octavia Butler and polymath Cheik Anta Diop

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu (UWE) will facilitate an open audience discussion on the manifesto for the Afrometropolis.

Socialist? Humanist? Capitalist? Restorative justice? You decide. Can we create by the end of the evening a new start for our imagined city?

New citizens need a new creed, let's make it together. 


Fela Fitzgerald Square 

Singer Priscilla Anderson and company, provide the core for a music jam. Be entertained and with Priscilla's guidance lend your voice to this smorgasbord of sound.

Saul Lorde Corner

Slam champion, & poetry organiser Malika Kegode hosts a spoken word happening inspired by writers Saul Williams and seminal Black feminist Audre Lorde. Bring and share your poems, reflections, flash fiction, prose or freestyle a verse or line on the night.


Proceed to the dance floor, after the happenings come to a close and party 'til 12. Throw futuristic shapes as Come the Revolution & friends present a Afrofuturist fuelled DJ set. 

The Afrometropolis is supported by Afrikaeye & the Rebel Bluesman.  

Please be aware that some filming will be taking place during the night. 

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