Back in 2017, Paula Akpan and Nicole Crentsil started Black Girl Fest: the UK’s first festival celebrating black women and girls. It sold out in five minutes. The festival returns in 2019 for its third year, taking over the Business Design Centre in Angel for a jam-packed day of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and performances.
Author Dorothy Koomson, activist Temi Mwale and podcasters The Triple Cripples are among the speakers. This year’s theme is ‘Taking Up Space’, with a focus on creating spaces for black women and girls in a variety of different industries, ranging from tech and literature to hair and beauty.
Black Girl Fest is also offering an option to ‘pay it forward’ – along with paying for your own ticket, you’ll also be covering a spare, so that another black woman or girl can get a seat at the table.