BLACK GIRL FESTIVAL | THE UK'S FIRST

November 05, 2017

After 20 minutes or so on the Northern line, I reached my destination: Old Street. When I arrived at the venue, the queue was fairly impressive for a Sunday evening. 
The festival was taking place at the Kachette, a raw warehouse space with beautiful lights and vibes. As soon as I got in, I really felt like I stepped into music videos like "Finders Keepers" by Mabel or "Fall in Love" by Gold Link. The main room offered many original outfits, protective styles and melanated people. This festival was designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in UK. Art, magazines, books, toys, food, beauty & hair products were laid on the tables while inquisitive eyes passed by. 

The day was filled to the brim with workshops and panels. 
Some workshops included Black Motherhood Workshop, a place where they explored the misconceptions of Black Motherhood in the media as well as personal experiences of motherhood within the black community; 
Our Naked Thruths, a live life art session for all those who identify as women to draw, paint and sketch. This will be paired with conversation about how we can redefine the beauty of the Black Feminine Narrative and exploring core issues that affect how we identify with ourselves; 
Natural Hair Panel, a talk will explore the natural hair movement, its political roots and its significance to black women.
This panel was chaired by The Slumflower, award-winning blogger, speaker, creative director of Innclusive & presenter for The MOBO Awards.
Panellists included:
Jay & Tri from CURLture, natural hair bloggers 
Klerissa McDonald, founder & creative director of Curly By Nature
Shay Sade, Reprezent radio presenter & music editor for GUAP.

And finally Mental Health & Self - Care Panel, a talk that highlighted the importance of discussions of mental health in the black community and the significance of acts of self-care.
This panel was chaired by Grace F Victory, award-winning vlogger, presenter & author.
Panellists include:
Munroe Bergdorf, model & social activist
Guilaine Kinouani, intersectional feminist, equality consultant, therapist & writer
Tobi Oredein, founder of Black Ballad
Danielle Dash, writer, director & producer of award-winning series ‘Dear Jesus’
Laura Kirwan-Ashman, writer, screenwriter, filmmaker & co-founder of Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah

The atmosphere was electric and full of talented women. It was a great opportunity to mingle, open up, learn and grow in an environment where I felt completely accepted. 

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Have you ever partecipated to an event similar to the Black Girl Festival? If yes, let me know in the comments below.

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