An opportunity to tell our varied stories from our own mouths
Highlight depictions of Black people beyond preconceptions
Celebrate Black British talent IN Britain - not once they’ve blown overseas (Shade but no shade)
Provide career development and encourages tenacity through competition and awards.
We are more than just a singular show, but part of many significant voices of today’s multicultural society.
Designed to educate, network, nurture career development and inspire attendees.
With so many subcultures within the British experience, mɛlənɪn Box Festival looks to bridge the gap, break down stereotypes and bring these experiences and subcultures to light.
Curated in 2014 by Multidisciplinary Artist Damilola 'DK' Fashola, developed by Initiative.dkf artists - Creative Producer: Wofai and Theatre Maker: Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.
MBF welcomes younger generations into the rich heritage of the arts versus a world where they cannot relate to or see themselves in British theatre/film.
Beauty. Bass. Blackn3ss
SAT 4TH & SUN 5TH AUGUST 2018'
ZEZE MILLZ & DAVID AJAO
2018 was the return of MBF with a two day showcase of theatre, movement, music and short film. Including world premiere of MBF18 commission short by Bola Agbaje, a live PA from Karl Lokko and the Pandora and Synergy Award competitions.
Panel Included Steve Harper, Bola Agbaje, Ellen Thomas, Gbolahan Obisesan & Initiative Artistic Team
B*tchcraft - Nkhanise Phiri
Melanin Box provided prizes won by performers:
£400 - Melanin Stages
itsUpShot - Showreel footage
Headshots - KK Photography
BOX FESTIVAL 2015
In 2015 we debuted a 3 day showcase of theatre, dance, live PA's and short film. The first of its kind in London, UK. Dismantling the arcane nature of creative arts industries and providing the long coveted platform, space and opportunity for BME British creative professionals.
Dreams - Tyrone Issac- Stuart Milk and Oreos - Seraphina Beh
[FROM L TO R]
Synergy Award : Tobi Bamtefa
Garnering some of the best industry collaborators: TriForce Creative Network, House of Alt & World Changer Music.
Melanin Box provided prizes won by performers (Masterclasses, our £100 Pandora Awards and Show-reel footage); with the audience as the judges.