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Arcadia | Can I Live? Film Screening, Q&A + Party

Complicité presents Can I Live?

Conceived, written and performed by Fehinti Balogun

Why don’t we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun asks this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live?, a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement. 

In the face of a sense of helplessness about the climate catastrophe, Can I Live? is an outstretched hand, inviting audiences to recognise they are not alone – and that through understanding the issues and connecting with the many powerful activists around the globe driving change, we can find a sense of hope for the future.

Followed by Q&A with Fehinti Balogun, eco artist Ian Solomon-Kawall (KMT Freedom Teacher), co-founder of Culture Declares Emergency Kay Michael and Arcadia young artists.

The evening will end with live music and MCs curated by the Hip Hop Garden – bringing together musicians, artists and activists who connect creative expression with nature and social change. Featuring jazz and soul artist Amy True and award-winning Afrofusion Hip Hop Artist MoYah.

Can I Live? will be filmed Captioned. The Q&A will be BSL interpretated.


Can I Live is a  Complicité production in association with the Barbican, London, supported by Doc Society and Oxford Playhouse. Supported by Arts Council England and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Running Time: 60 mins | Suitable for ages 12+
Content information: contains some flashing images, some strong language, explores themes of racism, classism and describes some violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of Arcadia, a creative and interactive festival taking place Thu 4 – Sun 7 April, sparking conversation, the imagination and activism to ‘re-forest’ our minds and places.

Check out the full Arcadia programme here.


About the speakers

Fehinti Balogun
Fehinti Balogun is an actor, theatre maker and an activist. As an actor he trained at RADA and has worked in theatre, film and television, with recent performances in Walden directed by Ian Rickson on the West End, The Blue Door at Bath Theatre Royal; BBC Radio 4’s retelling of Oliver Twist and the BBC HBO television drama I May Destroy You written by Michaela Cole. Alongside his acting career, he delivers talks on the climate emergency aimed at creating a more rounded and inclusive conversation. As a result of these talks,he has toured around London and south England discussing the climate emergency and taking part in international climate discussions.
Ian Solomon-Kawall (KMT Freedom Teacher):
KMT (Ian), is a dedicated artist who has spent over two decades using the medium of hip-hop to inspire positive social change and bring attention to a wide range of important social issues. His unwavering passion for environmental conservation and preservation is just one aspect of his advocacy work. He is the CEO & Co-founder of the May Project Gardens and currently consults for Bristol Council as the Climate Change Diversity and Engagement Manager.
Kay Michael 
Kay is a theatre-maker, creative producer, facilitator and activist. She has developed and staged new writing at theatres including Theatre Royal Plymouth, Arcola and Bristol Old Vic. She is a co-founder of Culture Declares Emergency, an international movement of artists and organisations responding to the climate and ecological emergency. She produced the ‘Extinction Underground’ festival at VAULTS and has facilitated ‘Cultural Assemblies’ for hundreds of participants at the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre and Central St Martins. Kay is a co-founder and director of Letters to the Earth, an award-winning participatory creative campaign, for whom she has produced educational resources, creative actions and has spoken at global climate conferences. She co-curated and edited the book ‘Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis’ introduced by Emma Thompson. Kay is co-producer of Arcadia with Chrissy Jay.
May Project Garden:
May Project Gardens (MPG) is a Global Majority-led, award-winning grassroots organisation in the borough of Merton, working with marginalised urban communities to address poverty, disempowerment, and access to resources and influence. They provide practical, affordable, and collective solutions for people to live sustainably and challenge power structures that don’t serve their interests. We do this using what we consider universally connecting tools – nature, food, and creative arts – to foster people’s personal transformation, which collectively leads to social change. The mission of MPG is to connect people to nature for personal, social and economic transformation. 
Their award-winning Hip Hop Garden programme engages urban youth with nature through popular Hip Hop culture, transcending language and cultural backgrounds. It’s delivered using five elements: Wellbeing, Food, Hip Hop, Employment & Entrepreneurship, and Event Management. 
Amy True (+ band)
Amy has been delivering a politicised fusion of hip hop, jazz and soul since the early 2000s. Her sound is a steady stream of rebellious rap delivered atop soulful melodic hooks; using lyrics to conscientiously provoke a shift in her audience’s perspective. Amy True has been described as “one of the most influential and talked about personalities in the Hip Hop, Soul and Jazz scene”. Since being named ‘the one to watch’ in 2010 by the Mobo Awards, Amy True became known for her debut projects ‘Subject of My Environment’ and ‘Tryna Get By’ before joining People’s Army*. She later became a member of ‘Caxton Press’, winning Best HipHop Album for ‘Shame The Devil’ by Wordplay Magazine. Throughout her career, Amy True has continued to place herself at the forefront of socially conscious movements. Her back catalogue is packed with collaborations alongside fellow advocates of change. In 2017 she put down vocals for dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s album ‘Revolutionary Minds’ and became part of his live tour band. She has supported acts such as Public Enemy (“Amy True is so dope” quote by Chuck D), Mos Def and Immortal Technique. And has been featured on albums with hip hop artist Akala, and iconic rap group Asian Dub Foundation. Such collaborations reflect Amy True’s philosophy, as a member of the ‘*People’s Army Movement’, of working together to provide unity, understanding and positive social change through music, arts, and education.
MoYah
MoYah was born in Mozambique during a 16-year war, and was forced to flee his country as a political refugee & move to Lisbon at a young age. Inspired by his parents broad musical taste & the impact of Rap music whilst living in Portugal, he quickly learned that music could be used not only for entertainment but also as a powerful tool for self exploration & social expression eventually leading him to writing raps that addressed issues relating to identity, social injustices & spirituality from the perspective of a child of the African Diaspora. MoYah’s music has been featured on BBC one, RTP & RTP Africa. In 2023 he was picked by Portuguese National television channel RTP as a contestant for Festival da Canção, a national festival produced and broadcasted by Rádio e Televisão de Portugal to choose the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

 


 

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