Black Joy Day - Diva

This special event celebrates DIVA, the V&A’s headline exhibition, that takes a closer look at the power and creativity of culturally diverse performers, who have redefined, subverted, and embraced the eclecticism of the diva mantle.

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To mark our DIVA exhibition season we are joined by Kate Bailey the Senior Curator for DIVA, for an informative presentation and dialogue, looking at the concepts, diverse content, and design ideas, and how audiences have engaged with the themes, as a behind the scenes look prior to visiting the exhibition on the day.

Through tours, talks, and discussions with Simon Sladen Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Theatre and Performance, you will also deep dive into how the Museum embeds representation, decolonisation, and audience engagement within our Theatre and Performance galleries, and displays, in particular ‘Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation’.

A light lunch will be served.

Please note, that you will be walking and standing for extended periods of time on the tours – a limited number of museum chairs will be available on the day.

'joy is an act of resistance' Poet Toi Derricotte.

'Black joy inspires us, keeps us uplifted through the toughest of times, and is radical in its simplicity to make us happy and confident in finding one’s collective voice. In Black joy we celebrate the Black experience, history, culture, and community cohesion, to share, listen and support others in our need to connect and be together.' Janet Browne.

A schedule of the day will be available shortly.

This event is in collaboration with the Black Gallery Visitor Network (UK)

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Header image: Grace Jones with flowers at the Drury Lane Theatre, London, October 1981. © David Corio.