The '90s
Reflections on the high point of British multiculturalism

Tuesday 6 February, 7.00 - 8.30PM

Autograph ABP

London, UK


Join us as we reflect on an increasingly forgotten period of burgeoning black and brown urban subcultures.

Though often remembered as the decade of Cool Britannia, with its predominately-white, Union Jack wrapped aesthetic, '90s Britain was also defined by pirate radio, Asian daytime raves and the formation of a number of autonomous black art collectives, marking a watershed in British multiculturalism.

Drawing on the experiences of artists, academics and cultural commentators, our panel will explore both the politics of solidarity and the forms of cultural conviviality that took shape at this time.

This event is as much about celebrating that moment, as it is to shed light on and discuss the new political binds of our current cultural landscape, where issues of diversity, authenticity and representation are often conflated, misused and recklessly deployed.

This event is curated by Omar El-Khairy and Ana Naomi de Sousa

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Event curators

Ana Naomi de Sousa is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her work addresses history, architecture and identity. She co-directed Saydnaya - Inside a Syrian Torture Prison, a collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International, that gained international media attention and was awarded a Peabody in 2017. She has directed several documentaries for television, including The Architecture of Violence and Angola - Birth of a Movement, both for Al Jazeera English.

Omar El-Khairy is a playwright and screenwriter. He is a former Leverhulme Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre. His plays include Burst, Sour Lips, The Keepers of Infinite Space, The Chaplain: or, a short tale of how we learned to love good Muslims whilst torturing bad ones and Homegrown. His work is published by Oberon Books and fly πrates. His first short film No Exit received its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival 2014, and screened internationally. White Girl, his latest short - supported by BFI NETWORK - is set to shoot in the new year. He is currently developing two television projects - a single drama and an original series. Omar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science


Nina Manandhar's photographs and curated projects explore contemporary global youth identity, community and the meaning of style. Driven by an enduring interest in people, underpinning her work is a drive to bring out personality and champion authenticity in commercial and arts based commissions alike. She has presented projects at The Photographers Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, ICA, Southbank Centre, SHOWstudio and the V&A Museum. She is the author of 'What We Wore - A People's History of Style' (Prestel).

Richard Power Sayeed is a writer and filmmaker; he is the author of "1997: The Future That Never Happened", published by ZED books.

Anamik Saha is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. After completing his PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, Anamik worked in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds, firstly as an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, then as a Lecturer in Communications. He has held visiting fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Connecticut. Anamik’s research interests are in race and the media, with a particular focus on cultural production and the cultural industries. He has had his work published in journals including Media, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and European Journal of Cultural Studies. With David Hesmondhalgh (2013) the co-edited a special issue of Popular Communication on race and ethnicity in cultural production, and with Dave O’Brien, Kim Allen and Sam Friedman (2017) he co-edited a special issue of Cultural Sociology on inequalities in the cultural industries. His new book Race and the Cultural Industries was published in 2018 by Polity Press.

Lloyd Bradley is one of the UK’s leading black music experts and cultural commentators, and has been documenting modern black music and culture from the UK, Jamaica and the US for over thirty years. He is the author, among others, of Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King (Penguin); Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital (Serpents Tail) and co-author of Ian Wright: A Life In Football (LittleBrown).


A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.


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