Black Madonna Festival

Black Madonna Festival
Black Madonna Festival, 2009 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Alec Myers
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Black Madonna Festival
29 – 30 May 2009

A free festival featuring arts, workshops, performances and music celebrating womanhood and , produced in association with Kentish Town resident Rebecca Smith.

Running Order:

Friday 29th

19:30 Mirsi

20:00 Drumming circle with Paola,
Lord Eric Sugumugu and friends

20:30 I 'n' I Dance Troupe

20:45 Jessica Doughty

21:15 Jackson – Spanish Guitar

21:45 Poetry with be

22:00 DJ Ibs

22:30 DJ Shivonda

23:00 End

Saturday 30th

12 - 18:00 Pimp a T- shirt workshop

12 - 20:00 Design and make a banner and Tibetan styled prayer flags from recycled materials

12-14:00 Massage with Errol

13-14:00 Face painting

14 -18:00 Quiet Time

14-15:00 Children's stories read by Priscilla 14-18:00 Massage with Isabel (Suggested Donation £5 for 20min)

16:30 Laughter Yoga games

18:00 The Tall Tenor and Fashion Show

18:30 Poetry

18:45 Gee Bailey

19:15 Poetry

19:30 The Tall Tenor

20:30 Poetry (Skanda)

20:45 Kumi

21:15 Visitor Q

22:00 DJ Don Lorenzo

23:00 End

Black Madonna Festival is part of Club Ponderosa, a temporary social club produced by Matt Stokes in collaboration with local residents, artists and enthusiasts. It takes its name from both the ranch in the famous 1960s TV series Bonanza and a shelter built in a Newcastle neighbourhood by residents of a crescent seeking an independent space to meet and talk. Club Ponderosa will function as a place for performances and social interaction designed and programmed by residents of the area around 176. Developed in collaboration with self-organised groups and gifted amateurs, the club will operate within 176, but with its own series of events and a separate entrance and access times. It will also include MASS, a free collective sound system made up of donated elements. The project is part of Stokes' residency at the gallery and is being developed partly in response to the history of the former Methodist chapel that houses 176 and its surrounding area.

Exhibiting Artists