There’s not long to go until UK Black Pride 2018 officially kicks off. On July 8th, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will be transformed into Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people, and their friends and allies.
To get people in the spirit for the event, UK Black Pride have teamed up with Proximity London for a nationwide campaign titled ‘Keep The Noise Up’. The campaign centres around a short film, directed by Nadira Amrani, an up-and-coming talent whose work was recently shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The film serves as a reminder to the plight still felt by many within the community and to showcase just how important and necessary events such as UK Black Pride still are. The film sees prominent individuals from across the community, including UK Black Pride’s co-founder and executive director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, and West End star Layton Williams, recite empowering quotes from historical icons, such as Audre Lorde and James Baldwin. Watch the video below.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder and director of UK Black Pride, commented: “I’m honoured to have assembled such incredible voices to pay homage to the past, while setting the tone and direction for activists of the future.” She added:
The change we want to make starts now, it starts today, and looking across the community, I see such powerful, inspired and motivated people who are working to create the world we all deserve to live in. I’m so looking forward to the moment the past, present and future collide as we converge at our annual UK Black Pride celebration.
John Treacy, executive creative director of Proximity London, added: “’Keep The Noise Up’ brings together members of the community to recite the powerful words of their predecessors. It acts as acknowledgement of the historic struggle and as a call to arms for the community to come together in one voice at Black Pride 2018.”
For more information on the event visit: https://ukblackpride.org.uk/.