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The Berto Pasuka Lecture 2019: Portrait of a Black Queer Briton by David McAlmont

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15 February 2019, 19:00

Please note, this event will now take place in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist singing
Simon Mooney © National Portrait Gallery

BlackOut UK & The National Portrait Gallery Present: The Inaugural Berto Pasuka Lecture & Prize Launch and an evening of pop-up performances.

Celebrated as one of the most exquisite voices in British music, vocalist and songwriter David McAlmont marks 25 years of international artistic contributions and achievements by giving an illuminating overview of his career and more recent historical academic research and achievements focused on extraordinary people who challenged conventions of sexuality and gender both in their lives and in the places they created and inhabited.

The Pasuka Lecture and Prize, named in honour of the pioneering dancer, choreographer, Jamaican migrant to Britain, and Black gay man, Berto Pasuka (1911-1963), celebrate pioneering contributions to the arts. The Lecture and Prize honour and celebrate creative work that unapologetically confronts and challenges conventional narratives around race and sexuality that amplify the existence of voices too often hidden and unheard in cultural spaces. The appointment as Chair of the Prize Panel and the invitation to give the Inaugural Pasuka Lecture crystallises David’s collaborative work with BlackOut UK to amplify the presence of Black Queer people in cultural spaces.

The evening will also include a specially choreographed, site-specific contemporary dance solo, State of Our Union by Gerrard Martin, celebrating the legacy of Berto Pasuka (approx. 18.35, Room 2 ,Floor 2).

In the Main Hall, enjoy sets by Resident DJ Eddie Otchere (18.00 – 20.00) and Guest DJ Jay Jay Revlon (20.00 – 20.50).

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