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Violet Nights x Black Ballad: Happily Ever After

Part of Violet Nights

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Wrap up International Women's Month with an examination of storytelling by and for black women, curated by Black Ballad.

This Women’s International Month, the media platform is collaborating with Violet Nights for an event that delves into the importance of black women's storytelling and, in particular, focuses on black women’s happy endings in storytelling. The event is curated and chaired by Black Ballad’s founder Tobi Oredein and editor Jendella Benson.

Speakers include Bolu Babalola, Emma Dennis-Edwards and Jendella Benson, and a performance by Salliefoyeh.

Black Ballad is the leading media subscription platform for and by black women. Black Ballad has covered topics that range from politics, periods, and religion to racism, money, love, careers and more.

Violet Nights is a space for young people to socialise and express their views on topical issues with music, performance and discussion.
In a more relaxed format than standard panel discussions, people aged 18 to 30 have the opportunity to exchange ideas and engage in issues that feel important to them, creating a real-life forum for online conversations.

Bolu Babalola is a pop culture columnist, TV writer and novelist. Her 2016 short story Netflix & Chill was shortlisted in The Guardian’s B4ME short story competition, and her debut anthology Love In Colour is due to be published in July 2020.

Emma Dennis-Edwards is a writer and performer of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. She has been part of a number of prestigious writing programmes with theatres such as Royal Court, Soho theatre and Lyric Hammersmith; and her work has been performed at The Kiln Theatre, Arcola, Royal Court and Oval House. Dennis-Edwards’ recent piece Funeral Flowers premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and was a Fringe First Winner.

Jendella Benson is the editor at Black Ballad, the award-winning digital platform for Black British women, a TEDx speaker and has also appeared on BBC Women's Hour.

Salliefoyeh is a singer/songwriter from south London with a fresh blend of RnB/neo-soul. Sallie has performed at Ronnie Scott's and currently hosts a bi-monthly music night, Sallie's Soul Sundays. At the end of 2018, she released her second EP titled A Love Unseen.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 30.

There is a limit of two tickets per transaction.