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Brighton CCA

A new centre for
contemporary arts at the
University of Brighton

This event is part of Reclaiming Space

Join us in the galleries for the opening event of Reclaiming Spaces including performances by Erin James, AFLO. the poet and Kofi Achina.

AFLO. the poet is a Brighton-based spoken word artist, activist and academic who embraces creative expression to disrupt the status quo and inspire social change. AFLO. uses poetry as a vehicle to address hard-hitting topics, particularly racism and mental health, and has performed to crowds of thousands at Black Lives Matter protests and other demonstrations in Brighton and beyond. AFLO. takes a decolonial approach to poetry and creativity, believing that you don’t need a certain level of experience or qualification to be an artist. She has shaken up the scene with her ever-evolving project and collective, ‘AFLO. and the Poets’, with a TV show and performances at legendary local venues such as Brighton Dome and The Green Door Store, and plans for more events are in the pipeline. AFLO. is also a trustee of Brighton’s Black Anti-Racism Community Organisation (BARCO), Brighton’s only organisation to focus solely on the racism faced by Black people.

Erin James is a Brighton-based multi-disciplinary artist, with a focus on the merging of art and activism through her practices. She is the founder of the socially engaged zine Tough Cookie, as well as a poet, DJ, photographer and curator. The main themes of Erin’s work tend to revolve around mental health, trauma, activism. By tackling hate with joy and expression, and pushing for a world where we can be free to talk about “stigmatised” or “taboo” subjects, Erin finds purpose in her work and practices.

Kofi is a London based spoken word artist and storyteller. Inspired by the likes of Kae Tempest and Kendrick Lamar, he weaves together comedy and tragedy, cold rhymes and storylines, to give a voice to his random thoughts and 3am musings. He’s featured at venues across London and Brighton speaking on a variety of topics ranging from work culture and consumerism to sunsets and hangovers. He’s a Hammer and Tongue regional slam finalist and became a published poet at the tender age of 9.

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