Black Poppies Showcase with Levi Tafari
Levi Tafari hosts this showcase of stories, poetry and performance inspired by The Great War to Race Riots archive. This unique archive centers on the plight of black ex-servicemen, seamen and factory workers stranded or left destitute in Liverpool after World War I. This archive includes letters and testimony from soldiers and merchant seamen from the West Indies and the Caribbean, who had fought for England on land and at sea during the Great War of 1914-1918, or had worked in factories in Liverpool, and had wives and children here. The resentment of white workers led to the race riots of 1919, resulting in many serious assaults and attacks, and the murder of Charles Wootton, a seaman from Bermuda.
In the winter of 2015, when the iconic Weeping Window was displayed at St Georges Hall, community members came together to create an installation of black poppies and a collection of creative writing to commemorate the men named in the archive and the black contribution to World War One. Don’t miss this opportunity the hear the archive brought to life and to see the much acclaimed Black Poppy sculpture.
David Olusoga, BAFTA award winner, will be joining WoWfest 2016 at our Black Poppies event as the guest speaker. David is an Anglo-Nigerian historian and producer. Working across radio and television, his programmes have explored the themes of colonialism, slavery and scientific racism. He has travelled extensively in Africa, and has been drawn to Namibia and its troubled history for several years. He currently works as a producer for the BBC and has just won a BAFTA for 'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners' series.
Venue: Siren Cafe, 54 St James Street, L1 0AB
Date: Wednesday 25th May
Tickets: £4/2 Pay on Door
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