BAFA UK is a network for Black professionals in the creative & cultural industries, to connect and form an unprecedented all-Black UK network. Our aim for the African and Caribbean diaspora is to bring greater equality, opportunities for career development, and to establish progression routes for emerging and established influencers across the Arts, Science, Education, and all of the other major disciplines – irrespective of age, ancestry, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and identity.

In accordance with our mission statement above, the symposium is the first event to start the overdue conversation that showcases some of the skills, passions, and expertise of the Black diaspora across the Arts. For the young to discover and gain access into the tapestry of Professional and vocational expertise and for all to come to collaborate, elevate and celebrate.

Sessions taking place throughout the day to include:

– Black Lives in Music
– Bass Culture for Community Benefit
– Get into Comedy
– Working in Radio & Podcasts
– Decolonisation of the Archives
– Visual Effects & Production Design
– Screenwriting
– Directing for Film + TV
– Comic Story Workshop
– Othello 21 screening
+ MORE, including a special guest performance


Partners: Black Lives in Music, National Film & Television School, SDS Entertainment, Julian Joseph Academy, IRIE! dance theatre, Action for Arts and The Midi Music Company

We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.