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Fringe of Colour Films takes place, for the second time, 1-15th Aug. To celebrate, prepare, inspire and get very, very excited, this is the second of two posts dedicated to the festival. Lighthouse is a proud sponsor of this game-changing grassroots arts initiative & we encourage you all to get a ticketand tune in!

Fringe of Colour Films is an online arts festival for Black creatives and Creatives of Colour. It is a platform for artists, performers and filmmakers to show their work and see it celebrated in community, and for writers to respond to art that challenges and inspires them.

At the heart of the festival are stories, through the films and the published Responses, so we’ve teamed up with Lighthouse to match a variety of different books with the four main themes of this year’s festival; rituals, flight, self and protest.



Fierce Femmes And Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

To Exist is to Resist by Akwugo and Francesca

Ace Of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

As with the films in the programme under this theme, these books cover the fantastical elements of gender and self, identity as changed by place, context and community, and the struggles and celebrations of young personhood.


Sway by Pragya Agarwal

Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Jassat

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I am not your Negro by James Baldwin

For this theme in the programme, we have identified books that address what it means to speak out in a group, on a platform, or in the home. These books consider the many ways in which a protest can be an action and the necessity of standing firm against erasure or injustice.

The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, Rainbow Milk by Paul mendez and My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay

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