Curated by diversity and inclusion specialists The (Fashion) Minority Report, The Power of___Festival will take place in June with a programme of events celebrating diversity, equality and inclusion in art, fashion, and culture.
A photography competition has also been launched to name a ‘Rising Star’, with entries open to all black photographers from across the UK.
The festival will mark one year since Black Lives Matter protests were staged around the world in response to the killing of George Floyd by police in the United States.
Lambeth council has collaborated with diversity and inclusion specialists, the (Fashion) Minority Report, who are the curators of The Power of___Festival to host the first event of its kind within Lambeth Town Hall venues.
The festival will feature panel discussions with a range of thought-provoking speakers, art workshops led by black practitioners and a live music showcase.
Three headline panels will be held covering the power of protests, black culture and the next generation of young people set to shape culture.
There will also be art installations including a photography gallery featuring a curation of some of the best emerging black British based photographers, who will showcase work that captures what the power of black identity means to them.
Photographers include Amber Pinkerton, and local residents Adama Jalloh and Philipp Raheem.
The photography competition, sponsored by Nikon and creative street advertising agency, Jack, asks emerging black British based photographers to submit images that capture the power of black identity.
The winner will have their photograph included in an exhibition during the festival and will receive a Nikon Z Series Camera and Lens(es) of their choice (up to a value of a £6000) and an outdoor showcase of their photography work to a London audience, on a Jack arts billboard in September 2021.
Workshops will also be held throughout the two-days featuring life drawing classes, a knitting workshop and the ‘Woke Babies Book Club’ where families with young children can create an inclusive book cover that is free for them to take home.
Local community group, Step Now, who aim to empower, educate and mentor young people will deliver a music workshop and theatre production.
Events will be subject to Covid-19 regulations and many of the panels will also be streamed online.
Daniel Peters, founder of (Fashion) Minority Report, said: “It’s important that we look back on 2020 as the year that the world came together to stop failing marginalised voices.
“We must commit to moving beyond conversation, and now implement measurable change that reduces the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion globally.”
The Power of___Festival will take place from June 12-13, for more information or to book event tickets or enter the photography competition visit https://www.power-of-festival.com/