This project is part of AFRO-CITY FESTIVAL, a 2-day festival celebrating Blackness and queerness in this Roundhouse Summer Weekender. For a full list of events included in this festival click here.

Beats, Rhymes & Cities

What are the requirements for social change and how do we create our own infrastructures? Representation and equality aren’t enough, so what does equity feel like? What are the lessons we can apply from generations before in creating our own utopias?
Join TEDx speaker Amahra Spence in this interactive workshop about the role of the arts within cities.

What will I get from taking part?
• Feel represented in spaces you may not have accessed before
• Introduction to new artists and ideas
• Meet and network with like-minded individuals
• An opportunity to celebrate Blackness and queerness

Who will be teaching the project?
This workshop will be led by Amahra. Navigating the relationship between the creative industries, entrepreneurship, cities, social design and community building, Amahra is invested in collectivism, equity and social justice.

As the founder of MAIA, she set about establishing platforms and opportunities that support creative communities, artists, practitioners and entrepreneurs. As MAIA evolved, Amahra became increasingly invested in the deeper infrastructural issues that affect artist livelihoods, community strength, civic life and the opportunity to thrive in a creative ecosystem. With an interest in physical infrastructure and new economic models, Amahra explores how artists can sustain their practice and produce tangible things to address the needs and wants of under-resourced communities. MAIA are currently establishing an artist-led hotel and community hub in Birmingham.

Amahra has worked with a range of organisations, including Birmingham City Council, BBC, Wysing Arts Centre, ECVAN, Grand Union, Birmingham REP, University of Warwick and more. She has sat on a number of boards and advisory councils, including Creative Industries

Federation, who advocate for representation at government level and cross-sector dialogue with international scope. She also regularly speaks at events and conferences, with recent engagements including NESTA Creative Economy summit, TEDxBrum, TEDxLeicester, the Creative Workspace Summit in Great Yarmouth and keynotes at the University of Birmingham.

AFRO-CITY FESTIVAL is curated by Tobi Kyeremateng and will include workshops and discussions with artists, speakers, writers, poets and musicians

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
No experience necessary

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?

I’m not sure I can afford to take part…
If you need help to pay for things like project fees, transport or childcare, we can help. Find out how you can get support.

If you are using a bursary to pay for the project, please ensure you arrange this with the Advice Base with plenty of time before the start of the project.

I have additional needs. Can I still take part?
We have places available on all our projects for individuals with additional needs. Get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements and do our best in supporting you.

Where is the project taking place?
Roundhouse studios