TRAILBLAZERS: Intergenerational British-Caribbeans In Conversation

13 Apr 2024

  • Venue
  • Running time
    90 mins

They were invited to rebuild the ‘Mother Country’. They stayed and created a legacy…

Hear the true stories that paved the way for the Britain we have today. Join a range of Leeds changemakers who have shaped their community and beyond through arts, roots and culture, including Arthur France, Sharon Watson and Namron.

Come along, bring your questions and be a part of the moment.

Find out more

RISE UP Festival (RUF) is an intergenerational and intersectional celebration of Caribbean Arts in its many different forms. It looks to the Windrush Generation and explores how they, their legacy, and art have shaped the UK. The festival is curated and co-directed by two British Caribbean artist-practitioners, Omari Swanston-Jeffers and Melanie Abrahams, in partnership with Leeds Playhouse. The Rise Up Festival Takeover will feature a kaleidoscope of artists from the Forward Prize winning Malika Booker to Leeds based artists Christella Litras, Phenicia Williams, Azizi Cole and Namron, to Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry Awardee and elder statesman of poetry John Agard.

Meet the people involved

Dr Arthur France


Sharon Watson



Speaker and Performer


    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell