Celebrating Claudia Jones, Thursday 16th November, 2017

Claudia Jones was an activist, agitator, community organiser, and Mother of Nottinghill Carnival!
With this event we celebrate her life and work, and discuss her legacy, and how we can follow in her footsteps and continue to be inspired by her now…
We will start with a brief tour of Dynamix, sharing with you our own form of community organising, and the way we have developed tools to create a platform for creating and exploring alternatives to mainstream pathways and narratives. This has led to the Unsung Sheroes and Heroes of Afrikan Heritage programme (funded by Arts Council England), of which Claudia is one of our chosen featured Sheroes.
We will take a moment to ‘unveil’ a brand new mural, painted by the artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane, in the days leading up to this event. The mural will celebrate another Shero, Esther Stanford-Xosei, a leader in the Reparations movement. Dreph will be present at the event, and there will be the opportunity to meet with him and talk about his work, and the people he celebrates with it.
There will be a Showing of a documentary about Claudia Jones’ life and work, followed by a group discussion around the impact of her work and legacy, and how we continue in those footsteps today.
There will be delicious food of Trinidad on sale at this event, provided by The Calabash Tree! Also, Rum Punch and other Carribean-inspired drinks, and the spriit of Carinival to end the evening on a social vibe.
The event is free to attend. Check out the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/137608866813808/
The event also links to a 4 day residency in Gateshead by the artist Sonya Dyer, who has created the claudia Jones Space Station. https://thenewbridgeproject.com/events/claudia-jones-space-station/ inspired by Jones’ work, and creating a living monument to her.