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Belgrade Theatre preview: We Are Maokwo

We Are Maokwo, Belgrade, Coventry, March 14.

A half day of arts workshops and networking events marks the formal launch at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry next week of the emerging arts collective, Maokwo.

Spearheaded by Zimbabwean artist and activist Laura Nyahuye, Maokwo aims to shine a spotlight on the work of marginalised and under-represented artists in Coventry, particularly those from BAME, migrant or refugee communities, and since 2017 has been working with them to identify and understand the challenges they face.

Maokwo's launch event, from 2 to 4.30pm on Saturday, March 14, will showcase work by artists from a range of different disciplines, combining workshops and discussions with spoken word performances and visual art on display. From 2-5pm, the theatre's Weston Learning Space will host an open, drop-in art workshop, while in the Burbidge Room, visitors will have the chance to try their hand at drumming (2-2.45pm), dance (3-3.45pm) and poetry and creative writing (3-3.45pm).

All workshops are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so should be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

The workshops will be followed by an invitation-only panel discussion titled Not Another Tick Box, which aims to inspire creative solutions for marginalised artists within the arts industry.

We Are Maokwo is supported by Counterpoint Arts, co-ordinators of Refugee Week and Platforma, under the umbrella of the Belgrade's Springboard initiative, established in 2015 to support emerging artists and newly formed arts companies to develop their work.

For more information about Maokwo and its work, visit www.wearemaokwo.com.