I’m going to be speaking at Un-Convention Voices at the Roundhouse in London on Saturday the 11th of February.
It’s a joint event running in parallel with The Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia, that features a day of panels, conversations, debates, performances and interactive sessions on the theme of political voices and social messages in hip hop, spoken word, social media, art and culture.
It’s an impressive line-up: presenters include Kate Tempest, Soweto Kinch, Gilles Peterson, Blak Twang, Steve Ignorant, Roxxxan and more – with performances from Cassette Boy, live hip hop from Colombia and an exhibition of The Art of Protest, including works by Banksy, images from John and Yoko’s bed-in, and lots more besides.
I’m going to be showing up a few times through the day.
I’ll be speaking about digital tools with my fellow New Music Strategian, Steve Lawson; and I’m on one of the panels hosted in Colombia (joining via the internet from the London end), talking about digital infrastructure for music and culture in cities. My German partner in New Music Strategies, Andrea Goetzke will be joining me on the panel, and it’ll be hosted by my friend Martín Giraldo – so that should be a lot of fun. Interesting stuff too. A lot of what happens in Medellin on this front is really incredibly progressive and inspiring.
I’m also moderating a panel about Creativity in Place of War, which will feature James Thompson from the University of Manchester, Alex Wilks of Avaaz, artist Tracey Moberley, Egyptian citizen journalist Noha Atef and social media expert Christian Payne (Documentally).
It runs from 10:30am to 6pm on Saturday 11th of February, and it only costs £10 to attend. If you get the chance, you should definitely try and make it along. Here’s the flyer as a PDF. And I’ll see you there.