tiata fahodzi wants to be a home for African heritage artists, a base for you. No matter your discipline, no matter your experience, you’re welcome here.
want in? tiata fahodzi continues to reflect the changing and developing diaspora by embracing the multiple in all ways (narrative, form, identity, scale) in order to continue to boldly interrogate what it means to be a British African today.
Did you know that in the 2011 census, people who identified as Black African were the majority group (53%) in Britain’s black community and ‘Black Other’ had increased by almost three-fold? Did you know that the BAME population accounted - for the first time - for 80% of the population growth in the 2011 census? Did you know Black African was the fastest growing diaspora within this group? Did you know that mixed race - only introduced as a category in 2001 - became the fastest growing group of the population overall?
The diversity of British society continues to grow and questions of identity - where we’re all from, who we all are - are becoming increasingly difficult to answer. It’s in this – the messy, nuanced and complicated identity politics – that tiata fahodzi sits, acknowledging that our audiences are more complex and contrasting than ever.
Sometimes they’re a black woman with a Scottish accent, middle class by education and profession, working class by birth. Sometimes they’re in touch with the origin of their name but have never tasted the fried fruity goodness of a plantain. Sometimes they take okra soup as packed lunch to their City job but have never set foot on African soil. Sometimes they’re bilingual but know nothing about their heritage. Sometimes they know it all but from papers rather than parents. Sometimes they’d define themselves by their politics, their gender, their sexuality, their age, their job, where they live, where they don’t live, anything before they’d think about the colour of their skin or where their ancestors were from. Our audience and our potential audience are a wonderfully complicated mix; they are united by some relationship to Africa but also divided by the specific nuances of that very relationship.
It’s this – the detail, the specificity, the surprising, the complex, the contrasting and the complimentary that gets us excited. We’re looking for ideas that debate the mixed experience, plays that explore intersectionality, and characters that straddle worlds, cultures, languages, classes, heritages, races, and struggles. We want our work to look around and look forward – contemporary stories told in modern and innovative ways – and to embrace the multiple in all ways – narrative, form, experience, identity, perspective, scale.
are you game? We engage artists year-round in a variety of ways, choose your discipline and find out how to get involved.