BABYLON Festival

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Celebrating the contemporary influences and experiences of Black and Brown people

A celebration of Black and Brown cultural innovators transforms 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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Truly over the moon to see dear friends up on the @bushtheatre website. The Neighbourhood Project is really special… https://t.co/pIVD1F3nQd
Annabel Spinks-Jones
@AnnabelSpinks
15 Jan
And here’s the Class of 2019. We’re here to fuck some shit up. #sorrynotsorry #TheNewADs https://t.co/STZS5EAboC
Suba Das
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15 Jan
Outbox Theatre
@Outbox_Theatre
15 Jan
Loose Tongue, HighTide and the Bush Theatre have today announced the full cast for The Trick which opens at the Bus… https://t.co/3COLyVLEsH
Theatre Weekly
@theatre_weekly
15 Jan
🔥 FIRST SHOWS OF 2019 🔥 Miss us? We back baby! 🍏 31 Jan: @TheAppleTreeLDN Showcase: https://t.co/EaXgpZcpVD 🙌🏿 8… https://t.co/OHe8t8YQpw
The CocoaButter Club
@cocoabuttershow
15 Jan
CASTING CALL OUT! We would like to meet #QTIPOC singers/musicians/performers to join the cast of… https://t.co/qGp2LXRhUW
Outbox Theatre
@Outbox_Theatre
03 Jan

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