When: Oct. 15
Price: $15 – $30
I first met Rob Fields, curator of the Festival of the New Black Imagination, nearly two decades ago, when he was the director of communications for the Black Rock Coalition. He’s continued to document the progressive black cultural scene in his influential blog, Bold as Love. Next Saturday, Oct. 15, his contribution to the dialogue about race and culture takes another big step with the daylong symposium followed by a nightime concert and party.
Fields has assembled a powerhouse series of panels and talks exploring where blackness is heading and what it means in the 21st century. The discussions cut across music, film, literature, theater, fine art and design, and social innovation. Speakers include futurist Dr. Nat Irvin II, musician Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate, visual artists Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, and cultural critics Toure and Baratunde Thurston as well as poets, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. But it’s not all talk — the day ends with a party featuring a stellar line-up of stars of the Black Rock and afro-punk scenes, including Tamar-Kali, Imani Uzuri, and Dope Sagittarius, with genre-hopping DJ Reborn keeping the party going.
Bill Bragin is director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, where he produces the popular Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals as well as programming for the Lincoln Center’s new David Rubenstein Atrium.