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.

Existing loudly: Being young, Black & queer

Tanya Compas leads this practical workshop for Black LGBTQ+ young people. This workshop will provide a space to explore your identity as a young Black, queer person and what it means to ‘exist loudly’ in a world that is constantly trying to tell us to minimise ourselves. During this workshop Tanya will help to facilitate conversations and reflections on our community and where we see ourselves within it, along with a reflection of self and what you can do to ‘exist loudly’ as your authentic self.

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?
Tanya Compas is an award winning youth worker, speaker, writer and self-proclaimed unapologetic baby girl/person committed to existing loudly and passionate about working with young queer Black* people. Aside from working part time as a caseworker for an LGBTQ+ youth homeless organisation, Tanya has written for publications such as I-D, Bustle, Refinery29 UK Cosmopolitan, Time Out London, MTV on subjects varying from race to queerness to sex and relationships.

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?
This workshop is open to all Black African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including mixed-Black heritage, LGBTQ+ young people.

Is there anything I need to bring or wear?
No, all materials will be provided

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