Linton Kwesi Johnson

Black History Month Events at Gulbenkian Arts Centre

Gulbenkian has a fantastic programme of events lined up for Black History Month this year including performances, films screenings and more!

Kicking off Gulbenkian’s Black History Month events, legendary reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson (LKJ) will perform at Gulbenkian Arts Centre on Friday 24th September.

The legendary reggae poet and social activist was born in Jamaica before moving to London. He was a member of the Black Panthers and the poetry editor of political magazine Race Today, using the platform to introduce important ideas and new voices to the British public, including Michael Smith and Oku Onuora. His influential and radical voice made him

Drama grad Taylor Sonko - Garvey performs at Gulbenkian 50th anniversary celebrations

Taylor Sonko – Garvey

the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums made with long-time collaborator, dub producer Dennis Bovell. He has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981, bringing new artists to the attention of wider audiences.

Gulbenkian is also excited to announce that University of Kent alumni from School of Arts, Taylor Sonko – Garvey will be opening for LKJ. She developed her performance poetry studying Popular Performance in her second year.

Tickets for the event are £15 (Concessions available).


Respect Film


Screening in our cinema, Respect is the new film from Liesl Tommy following the remarkable true story of Aretha franklin’s career from a child singing in a church choir to international superstardom. Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and Mary J. Blige, this is one musical sensation not to miss! Screening from Friday 8th October at Gulbenkian Arts Centre. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.

Babylon Film


See British cult classic Babylon is a film that captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in 80s London with vivid cinematography, a powerful message and an incredible soundtrack . See it on Friday 29th October. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with film cast member Beverley Woodhams, and a DJ set in the café from 9.30pm. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.

Candyman Film


In 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out was a watershed moment to horror subverting the genre’s long record of offensive racial tropes, and four years on its legacy can be seen across film and tv. Catch the update of the classic 1990s film that has become the latest black horror hit, Candyman on Tuesday 2nd November. This new take, produced by Jordon Peele and directed by rising star Nia DaCosta, gives the franchise a significant overhaul making Candyman is a brilliant horror that addresses issues such as racial injustice and gentrification. Tickets £8.95 / University of Kent Staff £6.95 / Student £6 / Other Concessions are available.  This film screening is also a 2ForTuesday screening, where Students and Under 25s can get 2 tickets for the price of 1.

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