Creative Engagement at CIVIC SQUARE
In The Front Room, the settee offers a place of sanctuary; a place where you can take a load off. On ours, you’ll discover conversations that will slot into your day like a catch up with an old friend, or your favourite song – something that makes you feel at home, open, yet vulnerable and connected through the stories we tell ourselves and one another.
Storytelling is a powerful means of fostering connections among people, between ideas and experiences. When it comes to our countries, our communities, and our families, we understand intuitively that the stories we hold in common are an important part of the ties that bind us, as well as the importance of space for many viewpoints and ideas to meet. In this series, we will be connecting with people who use the art of narrative throughout their work to connect, educate and share the experience of themselves and others, steering away from monolithic narratives by sharing celebration, pain, love and everything in between.
Documentation plays an important role in this process, and this series of conversations moves us between still image, moving image and the written word to consider different ways that stories can be archived and shared, as well as who feels that they are able to do this.
Who’s on the Settee today?
Founder of CineQ + Producer Rico Johnson-Sinclair
After working with Flatpack Festival in Birmingham, Rico Johnson-Sinclair went on to build CineQ (Birmingham’s Queer Film Festival that prioritises Queer and Trans People of Colour) which is now in it’s 4th Year. He’s also a new BAFTA Voting Member. Outside of programming and exhibition, Rico consults with organisations around Inclusion and Diversity including the BFI, Gowling WLG and Galliard Homes. He is currently the Festival Manager of SHOUT Festival, Birmingham’s Queer arts and Culture festival offering a mix of dance. music, theatre, live art, visual arts and film.
Reclaiming Representation in Film
Film often acts as a medium where we can go to see ourselves, to understand others or reimagine our reality. So, let’s hear the story of an independent film night that popped up in Birmingham that had stories built into its foundations.
Join Danni and Rico as they chat about CineQ, the BFI and some film making!
This conversation will be held in a Zoom webinar format. The session will be streamed live from On The Settee, or you can register below to take part in the Q&A via Zoom.