December 4, 2020

New York, NY — In the spirit of pure Afrofuturism, NOIR FEST 2020 is your end-of-2020 reset, closing out the craziest year ever with healing, transformation and (r)evolution in a virtual celebration of Black creative genius. The film festival kicks off this Saturday, December 5thn with films, music, yoga, radical speakers, and reiki interspersed throughout the week. Notable voices include keynote Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is not an Apology, and Merawi Gerima, director of Residue.

NOIR FEST is the only week-long party offering you and your tribe major doses of Black Glory, global Black intimacy, and radical dialogues on Black Liberation.

Day 1: Radical Self-Love (Saturday, Dec 5th)

Healing begins with radical self love. Each day of the festival starts with a Global Black Meditation. Saturday kicks off with a meditation led by Dora Kamau, Founder of Bliss Your Heart followed by live drumming by The Lost Tribe and a glorious invocation led by Hanifa Nayo Washington, co-founder of One Village Healing. Sonya Renee Taylor will open with a keynote talk on Alchemy, Radical Self-Love & Blackness as Technology.

Day 2: Raise Your Voice (Sunday, Dec 6th)

On Sunday, we kickback a bit with some yoga with Essence of Movement Studio, then start the discussion on how we will script the future as a collective, defining our hopes and dreams of Liberation.

Day 3: New Nigeria (Monday, Dec 7th)

As the Nigerian government scrambles to cover their flagrant brutality of Nigeria’s people, changemakers continue to organize towards delivering a New Nigeria in 2023. We’ll hear from some of the leading voices in the movement for a New Nigeria and explore the ways in which Liberation for Nigeria means Liberation for all Black people across the globe.

Day 4: The Treasury of Black Art (Tuesday, Dec 8th)

Black art is the greatest treasure of the world. From our films to our photography to our music to our paintings and digital art, everything produced from Black creativity has the potential to spurn economies and transform culture. Where does our art fit into our Hundred Year Plan? How can art be used to fund our Liberation? How can we empower Artists at the time we need them the most with the world in a state of relative disarray to craft a Liberated Black future from their innate creativity? Roundtable speakers for the day include one of this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, Dominic Chambers; Nigerian artist, Faustin Adeniran; Wunmi Olaiya, afro soul artist and Creative Director of Wow Wow; Aina Fadina, executive producer & host for I of Africa; Roberta Annan, Founder and Managing Partner of Annan Capital Partners; and Freda Isingoma, art investment specialist and founder of KIISA.

Day 5: The Divine Feminine (Wednesday, Dec 9th)

Wednesday is for the laddieees and femme-identifying! Yes! All creation starts with the Divine Feminine. Wednesday features opportunities for deep healing, manifestation with powerhouse women and film screenings that inspire and awaken the Divine Feminine. Leyanne Oliveira, spiritual guide and wellness coach, will lead a workshop on Healing into Authenticity. Toni Jones, creator of WIFE Comma, along with anthrophoto journalist and priestess, Osunyoyin Alake Ifarike will join discussions on the Power of Black Women.

Day 6: For the Artists: Making (R)evolution Irresistible (Thursday, Dec 10th)

Calling all aspiring filmmakers and creatives. This is your day. We will be joined by Merawi Gerima along with the cast and crew of Residue and host a DOPE artist roundtable for creative in the film industry. Thema Haida, co-founder of One Village Healing, will also lead a reiki workshop for creatives.

Day 7: Movement is Medicine (Friday, Dec 11th)

Feel-good Friday will feature the best music videos of the barmy and our favorite playlists from the DJs who will be featured in Saturday’s spin-off. We will also have an Intro to West African Dance Class taught by Cumbe dance instructor Tamara Jones.

Day 8: 100 Year Plan (Saturday, Dec 12th)

To close out the week, we will be joined by thought leaders across the Diaspora to collaboratively develop our 100 Year Plan for Black Liberation. We will be joined by Cherae Robinson, founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa; Terry Marshall, co-founder of Intelligent Mischief, a creative studio and design lab unleashing Black imagination to shape the future; as well as Sovereign-Xavier Oshumare and Nikola Alexandre, co-founders of Shelterwood, a Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ led forest-farm and educational center coupling community healing with ecosystem restoration; We will close out this week of celebration with a DJ spin-off featuring revolutionary music from across the Diaspora, including DJ ForTunes, DJ Internal Affairs, DJ BackBr3aka and Kyndal Marie.

All proceeds from NOIR FEST will support NOIR Labs Foundation, a 501(c)3, tax-exempt non-profit organization providing educational and transformative content, educational programming, and transmuting Black Womxn’s emotional trauma into mental health and spiritual power. Get free tickets and make a donation here.

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