Photography: Keith Ainsworth / @musicphotokeith

BlackFest is back with a sprawling multi-arts programme taking place across the city from September into October. The programme boasts art exhibitions, music, spoken word, theatre, literature and more in a return to staging events in person after last year’s digital edition.

The work of British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist Gold Maria Akanbi goes on display as part of the festival’s visual arts strand. Akanbi’s work explores a host of themes from the perspective of a neurodiverse person of colour looking at Afrofuturism, the re-conceptualisation of worlds, social and environmental ecologies for healing, and much more.

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Musicians from the region including MC NELSON, PHILLY DJAN, AMBA, STARKEY THE MESSENGER and ELIZA MAI will take part in BlackFest’s music event – Rhythms Night: Lost In Sound at Grand Central Hall on 25th September.

Museum of Liverpool hosts a photography exhibition marking 40 years since the Toxteth Uprisings. The show will shine a light on the personal experiences from members of the community during the nine days of unrest.

BlackFest celebrates the Autumn Equinox in Toxteth foodie hub, Squash in collaboration with Yamm Tree. The Natural Earth Food Session will feature vegan cooking demonstrations and promote a healthy relationship to the food we eat.

Also on the bill, FACT host a screening of short documentary Same But Different, a conversation between a mixed race woman and a Black woman, exploring and highlighting their similarities and differences. Actor and drama tutor Victoria Evaristo facilitates acting workshops to develop improvisation, storytelling, and script work, in partnership with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. The festival closes with a Black History Month event at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall which includes performances from WAVERTREE COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR, STAGED KAOS, NICAISA KANGA and CURTIS WATT.

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