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.

Speakers to be announced

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

Event curators

Ana Naomi de Sousa is a Peabody 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 short 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.


A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.


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