We’re excited to invite you to the third annual Decolonise Festival taking place on June 29 & 30 2019 at DIY Space for London.
SATURDAY 29TH JUNE
DOORS 1PM – VEGAN FOOD FROM 3PM
FROM 1PM: Decolonising Contraception @ BAR AREA
Decolonising Contraception is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to increase awareness about the colonial influences on sexual and reproductive health. Kyle (sex health doctor) and Edem (community engagement manager & sex educator) will be available to give information and advice on your sexual health throughout the day.
1:30PM-2:45PM: Germfree Adolescents: The Legacy of Poly Styrene – Panel with Celeste Bell and Paul Sng @ MAIN HALL
Ever since she put out an ad looking for “young punx who want to stick it together” Poly Styrene, front woman of the seminal band X-Ray Spex, has courted the attention of music lovers. Her lyrics take on issues such as environmentalism, consumerism and identity making her way ahead of her time. Following the release of ‘Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story’ by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe we speak to her daughter Celeste Bell and filmmaker Paul Sng (currently working on a film about her life) to find out more about our dayglo icon.
3PM-4PM: Interview with Weedrat @ MAIN HALL
Marcus from our collective talks to Weedrat about decolonisation and more
3:30PM-5:30PM: Poster Making Workshop with Rudy Loewe @ PRINT ROOM
What kind of messages and conversations would you like to see taking place in our communities? Join artist Rudy Loewe for a poster making workshop about making art for our local spaces and communities.
- 5PM-5:30PM: Electric Fire (https://electricfire.bandcamp.com/releases)
- 6PM-6:30PM: Best Praxis (https://www.facebook.com/bestpraxisband/)
- 7PM-7:30PM: HANDLE (https://absolutefiction.bandcamp.com/…/handle…)
- 8PM-8:30PM: Th’Sheridans (https://thsheridans.bandcamp.com/)
- 9PM-9:30PM: Weedrat (https://weedrat.bandcamp.com/)
- 10PM-10:30PM: Screaming Toenail (https://screamingtoenail.bandcamp.com/)
DJ AFTER PARTY
- 11:30PM-12:30AM: Chardine from Big Joanie
- 12:30AM-2AM: JACC
- 2AM-3AM: DJ Elise
SUNDAY 30TH JUNE
DOORS 1PM – VEGAN FOOD FROM 3PM
1:30PM-3PM: Psychedelics in Africa talk by Darren Springer @ MEETING ROOM
Darren will be sharing his extensive research on the indigenous usage of psychedelic plants used in ritual and ceremony on the African continent, through the lenses of ancient history and mythology. Several communities use these sacred plants in their rites of passage, initiation ceremonies and daily ritual.
2PM-3:30PM: Little China Girl: Exploring the East Asian & Polynesian Female Experience in the White Punk Scene @ MAIL HALL
East Asian & Polynesian women have long been the subject of the colonial white gaze, but how do these punx smash the “oriental” narrative and find their own voice both on and offstage? Our speakers share their experience of fetishisation, family expectations and challenging the submissive stereotype as a punk performer. Panellists include Miki Berenyi from Lush/Piroshka, Momoe Tasker from Guttfull/Gutts/Immigranti, Camille Fry from Stanfield/The Whooperups and Whiskey Chow, radical performance artist and punk musician.
3:00PM-4:30PM: Black and Women of Colour Consciousness Raising Group with Nazmia Jamal @ MEETING ROOM
This sessions is an opportunity to discuss ways in which we can use consciousness raising in our everyday lives followed by a consciousness raising session focusing on our experiences being part of subcultural spaces. This workshop is for women (incl. trans and non-binary) of colour only.
3:30PM-5:30PM: MAKE YOUR MARK: Lino Printing with Josephine Chime @ PRINT ROOM
Get loud, political, joyous and experiment via a lino printing workshop with mix media artist Josephine Chime (@jaccartist). A freeform introduction to the rad skill of printing through cutting linoleum instead of wood, making shapes and words with a roll of paint and a deep rub you can become a legit printer taking away Decolonise themed prints on paper or textiles.
3:30PM-5:30PM: Nail Station with Jon Bellebono @ BAR AREA
For people of colour living under a capitalist white supremacist society is draining, stressful and traumatic. We want to offer a space for you to have put your self-care first and escape your surroundings for a few minutes by getting your nails done by Jon.
- 4:30PM-5PM: Whitelands https://whitelands.bandcamp.com/)
- 5:30PM-6PM: Birthgiver (http://birthgivervoice.bandcamp.com)
- 6:30PM-7PM: Cecilia (https://ceciliacrossover.bandcamp.com/)
- 7:30PM-8PM: Immigranti (https://www.facebook.com/pg/ImmigrantiBand)
- 8:30PM-9PM: Dubais (https://dubais.bandcamp.com/)
- 9:30PM-10PM: Big Joanie (https://bigjoanie.bandcamp.com/)
If you can’t make it, you can support us by donating/sharing our crowdfunder: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/decolonise-fest
For more info on DIY Space for London’s accessibility please visit
(Includes info on access to the venue, gender neutral toilets, viewing areas, and free tickets for personal assistants).