Venue and Date
The Art School (Assembly Hall), 6 April 2019
21:30 doors –
Michael Labour (formerly B L A C K I E… All Caps, With Spaces) has replaced the Aklama Makumba and the Ghana Footsteps following their visa rejection from the UK Border Agency. Please see below for a statement regarding their rejection.
Statement regarding Aklama Makumba and the Ghana Footsteps visa rejection:
It is with deep regret and a whole lot of frustration that we have to announce that the artists from Ghana; Daniel, Chilli and Jerry – Aklama Makumba and the Ghana Footsteps – have been refused their visas to gain entry to the UK by the UK Border control as part of Counterflows Festival 2019. Somehow, there is something so inevitable about this in the current political climate – highlighting once again the UK’s intolerant border and immigration system. But it is something that Counterflows – and our supporters and collaborators – will continue to argue against and confront. We refuse for these systems to halt our openly creative dialogue and work with other like-minded communities across the world.
Re-distributing the funds that the project was granted from The British Council West African Festival Fund, the project will continue, but obviously in a very different manner. Daniel, Chilli and Jerry will work with British Council in Accra in Ghana and perform at their offices, creating a short film for us which we will show at the Art School as part of Counterflows. They will also deliver a series of workshops for the British Council in Accra. It is in no way the same opportunity for them, but at least it allows them to benefit in some way from the project and hopefully lead to other opportunities.
Access: The venue is located on the 1st floor of the Art School. An elevator to this floor can be located on the ground floor of the building.
This project gratefully acknowledges the support of the The British Council West African Festival Fund.