There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack (inspired by Paul Gilroy’s book of the same title) brings together some of the most exciting talent in Britain today, in a season of new theatre, performance, music and happenings.
Featuring some of the freshest new talent in the UK, ‘There Ain’t No Black in The Union Jack’ will take over the Hackney Empire’s main space for a night of original music, spoken word, performance, as well a stunning visuals and installations, inspired by the themes and issues behind this ground breaking project.
The programme looks at what it means to be British today, exploring themes of race, place, identity, cultural diversity and imperialism. There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack will be a unique opportunity to discover what young people aged 15 – 30 – from across the capital feel about these issues today.
New music by The Dropouts, The Gutter Goonz and WC1 performing specially written tracks alongside a provocative documentary about grime
– Asian Dub Foundation: Featuring Chandrasonic (Gaddafi Opera) and Cyber on tabla
– Duwayne Brooks reading from his latest book ‘Steve and Me’. On the night that Stephen Lawrence was murdered, his friend Duwayne was by his side
– Nicholai & Mango Seeds – mixing World Music, and the rhythms of his native Trinidad with Hip Hop, and blazing a trail for Rapso Music in the UK and Europe
– Ajah (Jaheda Choudhury – Lucid – J-Deff) – a Hip Hop collective fusing Hip Hop beats with Rock, Bangla folk & Indie rhythms
– Red Desire, a new all-female street dance group
~ Dean Atta: writer, actor, poet, and presenter on Resonance FM
~ DJ Excalibah: BBC1Xtra’s young bright hope for the UK scene
Hackney Empire, Main Auditorium, Box Office: 020 8985 2424 / www.hackneyempire.co.uk Tickets: £7 (full) £5 (concessions)
**Advance Booking recommended**
** Interviews with artists, performers and directors available
** For more information please contact Sonia Kumari Mehta on 07931751993 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellie Stout on 0207 833 2111
This project is supported by City Bridge Trust and Arts Council England