Nance to headline “Phase Two” of Black to the Future Arts Festival

Terence Nance, the renowned avant-garde filmmaker, writer and musician, is slated to take centre stage during “Phase Two” of the Black to the Future (BttF) arts festival. This dynamic event, set to unfold on Saturday, February 17, 2024, promises a captivating experience for attendees.

Nance’s journey through the festival will kick off with a screening of his debut film, “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,” followed by an engaging conversation with writer and editor Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou. The venue for this cinematic rendezvous is none other than The Garden Cinema, creating an intimate atmosphere for film enthusiasts.

Prior to the main event, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, an online panel titled “Imaginary Cities” will unfold. This discussion, featuring luminaries such as science fiction and fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin, author Victor LaValle, and festival founder Irenosen Okojie MBE, will delve into the intriguing connections between urban settings in fiction and activism in the real world.

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, the British Library will host “The Other in Fantasy,” a compelling conversation exploring the importance of representation in fantasy across various mediums. Esteemed participants include writer and gaming creative consultant Corey Brotherson, sci-fi author Esmie Jikiemi Pearson, and performance artist/video game developer Symone.

The festivities extend to The Standard Hotel, where Elliott Jack will curate music events. Additionally, the “Kinetic Discourses” series, featuring collaborations with the Royal Society of Literature and the UK video games diversity initiative, #RaisetheGame, promises an immersive experience at the intersection of literature and gaming.

Okojie expressed her excitement, anticipating a showcase of diverse voices that capture the essence of Black life. With Terence Nance as the headline act, the festival aims to weave radical and experimental tapestries that resonate with audiences across the artistic spectrum.

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