Bocas Lit Fest

Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone was available for screening from 8 to 13 March, 2021. The remaining video, audio, and textual content from Celebrating Black Britain remains archived here.

Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone (1980)

Director: Jeff Perks 
Editor: David Aliband
Producer: Alan Yentob
Featuring: Adrian Thrills
Year: 1980
Type: Television
Category: Non Fiction

Screening from Monday 8 March 2021 to Saturday 13 March 2021

Enjoy this early BBC Arena film, Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone, which captures the start of the music genre in its hometown of Coventry in 1980. Watch the accompanying film which discusses the rise of Black British culture, featuring Judith Bryan, SI Martin, Mike Phillips, Jacqueline Roy and Nicola Williams, who are all published on 4 February in Penguin’s new ‘Black Britain – Writing Back’ series curated by Bernardine Evaristo, as well as Anthony Joseph, representing the legacy of CLR James. Read and listen to new poems by today’s rich mix of Black British poets: Malika Booker, Richard Georges, Keith Jarrett, Hannah Lowe, Maureen Roberts and Roger Robinson

Read the article on the history of Black British publishing by Roxy Harris and Sarah White of the George Padmore Institute, a London-based archive housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe. And listen to the London by Lockdown podcast by Craig Garret exploring the rise of Black Britain. Together, this Your Local Arena brings a fresh perspective on Black British culture.

Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah & Speaking Volumes co-production.

featuring BBC Arena’s film archive.

This event is funded by Arts Council England and Hamish Hamilton, part of Penguin Random House.

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