We wholeheartedly believe in the power of these pieces. They deserve to be shown when it is safe for everyone to enjoy them.
Postponing these events is the responsible thing to do in the circumstances. The wellbeing of the artists, staff, and audience members is of paramount importance to us.
We are keeping a close eye on the situation as it develops and will let you know as soon as we are able to, when the new dates will be.
In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the three works postponed, along with links to the artists’ websites and social media pages, so that you may follow their work online.
MANIFEST by Produced Moon
MANIFEST will be a community drag king flash mob; a playful and visceral performance exploring masculinity and disobedience in public space. MANIFEST will use drag and movement to create an intervention, challenging and critiquing the way public spaces work now, and celebrating how they could be different.
Produced Moon, drag artist Lauren Steele and movement artist Elsabet Yonas have been doing research and development on this idea. Through drop-in sessions they have connected with young women & non-binary people who identify as LGBTQI+ and allies to help them explore what MANIFEST might look like. How might we break the rules of public space?
Masqueraded Memoirs by Tolu Coker and Ade Coker
Inspired by the photo and video archives of their late father, Kayode Coker, multiple award-winning fashion and textile designer, illustrator and multidisciplinary artist, Tolu Coker and her brother, photographer and filmmaker, Ade Coker, present a film and discussion event.
The siblings will curate, through film and documentary, the stories of past and present key community members and residents through a raw, unfiltered, and unadulterated account of the music, political and carnival culture existent in the North Kensington social housing communities.
Their father, Kayode Coker was a social activist, photo-journalist and valued community member who grew up in Abeokuta and Lagos, Nigeria before residing in the North Kensington estates for over 30 years before his passing. The film draws on the perspectives of different generations to highlight how changing social landscapes have influenced new notions of identity.
Follow Ade Coker on his Instagram.
Songs that Nobody Taught Me by Nick Field
What can music tell us about how communities come together? In this new work in progress performance, Nick Field muses on the journey so far to explore this question. Along the way, drawing on the musical legacy of Portobello Road and working with local community choirs, Nick made some surprising, and life-changing, discoveries. Through songs, stories and theatre, Songs That Nobody Taught Me explores and challenges ideas around the places we come from, identity & the things that get passed on between generations. With a collection of songs as eclectic as the area around the Westway Estate, Nick asks how community and music affect us as we piece together our lives.
We interviewed Nick Field about this project recently, you can read it here.
Previous events at POP! Festival
Whether you missed out on our previous sharings, or want to relive them, we’ve got you got covered!
Check out our recaps here (including footage beautifully filmed by Fully Focused):
- XXIV choreographed by Corrie King
- Re-Seen & Unseen a joint exhibition by Brian Okello and Aleksandra Zareba Zeltsch
- Gold & Ashes: Our Stories, organised by Feruza Afewerki
- A Love Letter by Marie Klimis
Tim Head’s murals My Yard can still be admired on the corner of Portobello Road and Acklam Road. Find out more about their origin story here.
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