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Celebrate black excellence at Melanin Fest


WHAT IS Melanin Fest? It's a celebration of black excellence throughout Sheffield and London during the month of October, in conjunction with UK’s Black History Month.

Melanin Fest aims to promote black talent and those inspired by people of colour by centralising black history and culture whilst collaborating with local businesses, venues and raising awareness of specific charities.

The event is also a platform to showcase local talent from the community as well as nationally and educate on the rich and important history of black people through exhibitions, seminars, music events, workshops, film, fashion and theatre.

Melanin Fest recognise that Sheffield and London are both vibrant cities which currently host events for Black History Month, however their aim is to bring all these events together under the banner of ‘Sheffield Melanin Fest 2017 and London Melanin Fest 2017,’ creating a large scale cultural event throughout October as well as the whole year.

Their Black History Month campaign will run across the city, working with various local venues and organisations such as: Showroom Cinema, O2 Academy Sheffield, Frog & Parrot, Sheffield Museums, Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union, Sheffield University Student’s Union, Theatre Deli, Yates, Broomhall Centre and Chapel 35 Walk Gallery, under the banner of ‘Sheffield Melanin Fest 2017’.

London affiliates include The Voice Newspaper, Colourful Radio, ABN Radio, University of Westminster ACS, and the ACS Hub, to name but a few.

Melanin Fest 2017 believe this is a great opportunity for organisations to support, be a part of and help communities understand black culture and history together.

Check out their social media below:



Facebook event page

Instagram / Cass T Instagram


Below are the three events, If you could come that would be really amazing, and feel free to come along to the others as well if you wish!

Saturday 21 October - The Melanin Effect : in Business and Beyond : Venue - Colourful Radio 12pm - 2pm
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Kwame Koranteg - Fashion DesignerHilary Marcus - Entrepreneur
Lyande KaiKai - CEO My African Passport
Louise Mensah - CEO
Stephen Eyeson - Entrepreneur
PC Michael Wallace - Youth Engagement Officer / Kick off @3
Nana Agyeman - Founder Access UK

Saturday 21 October - In My Zone : MelaninMusic : Colourful Radio 3pm - 5pm
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Melanin Fest London presents to you THE MELANIN EFFECT: BUSINESS AND BEYOND, taking place on SATURDAY 21 October at Colourful Radio, Southwark SE1 0BL 3pm - 5pm. Featured music creatives Kalisha J, Vicky Sola, Silvastone and Diamond City will be discussing the pros and cons of being in the music industry, facing challenges because of racial issues, breaking the barriers of afrobeats, and not giving up when your music just isn't having an impact.

All touring artists need a road manager and after travelling with both Fuse and Mr Eazi, Naija Boi will be telling us why road managers are so important Promoters play a key part in the industry, and leading Ghanaian promoter Dennis Taiwah, Founder of Akwaaba UK will be telling us what he looks for in an artist, how he picks the right artists for his shows and the impact and importance of bookings for any artist. Discussions will be led by Nayoka, a leading radio host and online journalist, also giving her input on the importance of interviews and media presence.

Dennis Taiwah - Akwaaba UK
Silvastone - Artist
Naija Boi - Road Manager Mr Eazi
Vicky Sola - Artist
Kalisha Johnson - Miss Trinidad & Tobago 2017 / Singer
Diamond City - Artists
Nayoka Oware - Presenter ABN
Austin Daboh - Spotify TBC

Tuesday 24 October - The Melanin Effect : Entertainment in Colour Venue - Uni of East London 6pm - 8pm

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Melanin Fest : Entertainment in Colour

Melanin Fest London presents to you THE MELANIN EFFECT: ENTERTAINMENT IN COLOUR, Taking place on Tuesday 24 October in the Harvard Lecture Theatre, Stratford UEL campus, E15 1NF 6pm. Come and hear the experiences of these wonderful and talented creatives, how they broke the barriers they faced to become successful in their chosen paths.

Miranda Waylands - BBC
Russell Evans - BBC Voice Over /Actor / Writer
Leticia Hector - Actress
Clare Hope Ashitey - Actress
Adesope - Nollywood TV/Beat FM / Factory 78
Nayoka Oware - Presenter ABN

Sunday 29 October - The Melanin Effect :U Got Jokes Venue: London Palladium 6pm - 11pm Registration link:

First Ever all Black Line Up at the London Palladium - We are Making History!
Eddie Kadi
Kojo the Comedian
London Hughes
Travis Jay
Plus Special Guests!!

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