WILDSEEDS Black Futures Fest:
A Celebration of the Black Fantastic
Music | Visual Art | Fashion+Design | Film | Literature | Scholarship
Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective is excited to be planning our first Afrofuturist sci-fi/speculative arts community festival, which will feature the local and national/international works of artists of color centralizing the Black radical imagination through music, visual art, fashion+design, film, literature, scholarship, and community.
The Wildseeds Black Futures Fest will take place May 28-31, 2015 in New Orleans, and will showcase the creative praxis of artists, writers, and cultural workers of color in New Orleans whose work engages around issues of Afrofuturism, Black science fiction, and the Black radical and speculative imagination—work exploring race, gender, class, social change, and the future of Black and Brown bodies and communities.
Black radical movements have always had Black arts and Black futurism as a core part of the work of social change. Black communities have always needed cultural work, artistic expression, imagination, and visioning to make our political organizing work sustainable and relevant.
The fest is a grassroots, women and queer folks of color-led series of events that will offer space, resources, and the necessary time for marginalized communities to come together to imagine ourselves in our own futures, which is what the best science fiction and speculative fiction should allow us to do. We want to encourage art and conversation that will explore the experiences and intersections of our lives, using science fiction, speculative fiction, and other art forms as a lens on our own existences. This festival is an act of centralizing and celebrating our selves, reflecting on our individual and collective pasts, enduring our presents, all while shaping our possible futures.
The weekend of festivities will feature film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, and art and music by artists and musicians of color. More than anything, the festival will provide a space to celebrate Black and Brown artists, writers, teachers, librarians, readers, and publishers engaged in shaping the future of Black people at the intersections of futurism, arts, and social change.