Cultural Appropriation: Where is the line?

07th October 2017 15:30
Barbican Centre
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation? Where is the line?

Basquiat trod the line of appropriation, layering his ideas over others to redefine meaning and rewrite stories. With a series of roundtable discussions hosted by poet and Barbican Young Poets’ facilitator Jacob Sam-La Rose, join us as we investigate the meaning of cultural appropriation and if it can ever be a good thing…

Poet Belinda Zhawi will be taking poetic-minutes throughout these sessions, transforming the discussions into a poem that will be performed on the SAMO©, but Different stage.

Session one: Defining the Terms

3.30 – 4.15pm

Establish a common understanding through mapping and questioning the language and vocabulary we associate with cultural appropriation.

Session two: The Dividing Lines

4.25 – 5.10pm

When is appropriation a valid means of making reference on, celebrating or exploring aspects of other cultures? What arguments can be made for appropriation, and how much weight do they hold? And does it matter who’s responsible for an appropriative act? Explore these questions through debate and activity.

Session three: Thinking Forward

5.20 – 6.05pm

How do we begin to re- orientate thinking around cultural appropriation? If a change needs to be made, where does that change begin, and with whom? Join us in this session as we think about these questions and consider how we might we define a manifesto for making a change in this context.

You can drop into one session or stay for all three for a deeper exploration into cultural appropriation from these three different angles.


This event is part of 'Too Young For What?' An all-day festival celebrating the creativity of Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can explore the full programme here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/too-young-for-what

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