BABYLON Festival

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Celebrating the contemporary influences and experiences of Black and Brown people

Curated by Tobi Kyeremateng, BABYLON Festival is a celebration of Black and Brown cultural innovators that will transform the Bush Theatre with a series of takeovers under three strands:

LOUD - music gigs including electronic musician Nabihah Iqbal, alternative soul-led collective Touching Bass’ ShyOne and Wu-Lu and House of Pharaoh’s rapper Sam Wise.

SPEAKS – live podcast shows from The Receipts Podcast and The N-Erd Council, panel discussions from gal-dem and Female Muslim Creatives and an in-house live radio broadcast show from Reprezent Radio.

RESIDENTS – Theatre takeovers from collectives including Skin Deep’s Sonic Transmissions – a part interview, part music gig with award-winning drummer, composer and producer Moses Boydand Cocoa Butter Club – a cabaret collective celebrating performers of colour.

Presented by Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Artistic Directors of the Future.

The UP NEXT initiative is funded by the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre grant. BABYLON is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.

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Lots of people came to @bushtheatre to discuss hate crime and diversity. The #PoliceWithPride car got a lot of atte… https://t.co/A5ArffEYpU
MET LGBT Network
@MetLGBTNetwork
20 Jun
Last night, young critics from @HammersmithAcad @DramaatHA saw #StrangeFruit directed by @isthedirector! We loved C… https://t.co/uX7XyhNlzS
Critics' Club
@critics_club
20 Jun
So much to think about and reflect on following last night’s performance! Looking forward to hearing our students’… https://t.co/4xcj69nxFq
Drama at HA
@DramaatHA
20 Jun
Yes @ChrisSonnex and @LynetteLinton. Both seasons @BunkerTheatreUK and @bushtheatre are making strides toward progr… https://t.co/D2PauOpsem
Cheryl May Ndione
@CherylNdione
20 Jun
Thank you! We love you! ❤️😍 https://t.co/7TpkuwVUTe
The Bunker Theatre
@BunkerTheatreUK
20 Jun
Tis the season for shit-hot seasons. First @bushtheatre and now this from @BunkerTheatreUK https://t.co/t7x8iHaeH9
Toby Clarke
@TobyClarkee
20 Jun

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