David Livingstone Birthplace

Storytelling Festival 2022

Date: 22-23 October 2022

This Black History Month, David Livingstone Birthplace Museum and The Skinny Magazine present a festival of storytelling.

This two-day event will showcase and promote Black storytellers and stories about/from Africa, through books, poetry, film, dance, and music. Workshops and panel discussions will also run throughout the weekend, offering exclusive insight into David Livingstone Birthplace’s collection and the museum’s recent renovation.

This Black History Month, David Livingstone Birthplace Museum, The Skinny Magazine, and artist & research Natasha Thembiso Ruwona present a festival of storytelling.

This two-day event brings a host of creative practitioners from the African Scottish diaspora to David Livingstone Birthplace Museum for two days of storytelling through fiction, history, poetry, dance, music, and workshops. Throughout the weekend, there will be an opportunity to engage with the museum’s collection and hear more about how the museum is examining David Livingstone’s legacy.

Saturday 23 October 2022

A discussion looking at storytelling across different cultures and communities led by Nigerian-Scottish writer, editor and creative producer Tomiwa Folorunso

Beats of War - Glasgow-based filmmaker and comic book writer Etienne Kubwabo leads a workshop discussing his work on the comic, featuring Scotland's first Black superhero

Dance Party with Jambo! Radio - music and partying with DJs from Scotland’s only radio station dedicated to African and Caribbean music

Sunday 24 October 2022

Congolese Gig Group – live music from a band of musicians playing Afro-Congo, pop, reggae, seben/rumba and Afrobeat

Decolonising the Collection – the staff at David Livingstone Birthplace present a panel on decolonising its collection and object handling

An Exercise in Exorcism – a piece utilising dance, performance and installation to reimagine historical narratives from a Caribbean diasporic perspective, by multi-disciplinary artist Ashanti Harris

More to be announced shortly. Programme and timings subject to change.

This event is FREE but ticketed.

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David Livingstone Birthplace Museum is the only independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone and re-examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and nineteenth century European attitudes towards African people and community groups. This puts the museum in a unique position to be central to discussions around Scotland’s role in slavery and colonisation and how that is represented both in our interpretation of David Livingstone’s story and the objects we hold within the museum. The museum embraces that position, and are committed to challenging unconscious bias, privilege, apathy, and ignorance. They consider all of this in relation to understanding Scottish heritage, missionary work, colonial history, and specifically with regard to the untold and contested narratives relating to Black history.

The Skinny is Scotland’s leading culture magazine. Every month The Skinny showcases the very best in Scottish arts and culture, in a free magazine available at venues across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee as well as a regular e-mail newsletter highlighting the best events taking place across the country. You can support The Skinny by subscribing at theskinny.co.uk/subscribe - subscribers receive a copy direct to their door every month, plus a pair of riso prints by two of our favourite Scottish artists.

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We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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