Lemn Sissay, Levi Tafari at the Bluecoat

Lemn-Sissay-pic1Lemn Sissay is at the Bluecoat on Saturday 27 March 2010, as part of Migration Songs II all day literature, film and music event.

Lemn (pictured) is a playwright, performer and broadcaster and his one person autobiographical show Why I Don’t Hate White People offers a whirlwind tour of being the child of an unlikely liaison between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Wigan Social Services.

Growing up in rural Lancashire, he didn’t know a black person until he was eighteen and spent most of his adult life searching for his family. He will navigate a journey of mental gymnastics and laughter to discover why he doesn’t hate white people.

The show has been nationally lauded with the Guardian dubbing it ‘magnificent’ and awarding it 5/5.

Also appearing is dub poet and author of the Liverpool Experience Levi Tafari.

Taking place from 2.00-10.30pm, the event, begins with a screening of seminal 1970s reggae film, The Harder They Come, complete with legendary soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff and others. This is followed with a networking session by and for Liverpool’s diverse communities, exploring the legacy of diverse arts in the city since the 1980s, including presentations and films.


Spoken word, music and carnival come together for the final event of the day, Liverpool Liming, which is given a party atmosphere thanks to music from DJs/MCs Blacktronica and III Audio. The event includes performances by wordsmiths; Tafari, John Agard and Charlie Dark.

Guest Literature programmer at the Bluecoat, Melanie Abrahams said: “I’m delighted to be curating these Black Atlantic events at the Bluecoat. They offer a peek of the summer to come through a scintillating theatre show by Lemn Sissay, a meeting of artists and creative organisations in a networking session, a screening of classic The Harder They Come with one of the hottest film soundtracks, and a special liming event which encourages people to go with the flow, meet, drink, dance and play!
“It will be a real celebration of how literature – both the written and spoken word – can collide with music and performance to produce something that is fresh, highly participative, sunny and joyful.  It is also an opportunity to showcase some of the best Liverpool-based artists of Caribbean, Europe and African origin to the Bluecoat and show the best that the city has to offer.”

The full line up for Liverpool Liming is, Levi Tafari, John Agard, Sense of Sound, Grace Nichols, Curtis Watt, Beni, Charlie Dark. Hosted by John Agard and Melanie Abrahams.  Music by Ill Audio and Blacktronica. Liverpool Liming is a Tilt creation, presented by the Bluecoat.

Day tickets have now sold out, however tickets for individual events are still available:

The Harder They Come screening
Networking Event
Lemn Sissay: Why I Don’t Hate White People
Liverpool Liming