THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS
The Virtuosity of Blackness (VoB) is a showcase featuring some of the best, up-and-coming performing Black artists in the city.
This presentation serves as a platform to encourage creativity, network and support emerging artists.
The showcases have featured over 35 talented performers, reached 2.7K people on social media, and sparked a lot of meaningful conversations.
LOOKING FOR LOCAL TALENT
[PAID OPPORTUNITY] We are doing an early call for performing artists to be part of our dynamic showcase that will be presented on Monday June 27th at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West. We’ll be doing something a bit different this time and we are looking for artists who want to be part of our journey.
If you are young, gifted and Black and want to perform to a live audience, please apply using the link below!
CHECK IT OUT
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 1.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness
The first iteration of VoB was broadcasted live on Instagram on August 6th, 2020. The showcase featured artists such as: Faduma Mohameds, Maurice John, Vicky Ro, Eric Flowchild, Kibra Tesfaye and more!
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0 was premiered live on Facebook on December 30th, 2020. It featured artists such as: Blue Will, Kenny Thinks, Ekelle, Icons Dance Group and more!
The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0 was premiered on Facebook on August 6th, 2021. The line-up included: Markus Jackman, Jhyve, Vero, NamedTobias, Malaika Khadijaa, Gifted, and Fafiélla.
The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0
Hosted on September 18th, 2021, The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0 Arts & Music Festival was the first in-person iteration of the showcase. This dynamic festival took place at the Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park and hosted 300 attendees, 5 vendors and 12 performances, including: Jhyve, Markus Jackman, 148, RARE, C-Flava, Dwayne Morgan, Teepolo, Nathan Baya, SRE, Jay Douglas and the All-Stars Band, and Michie Mee.
IN THE NEWS
The Virtuosity of Blackness Moving Beyond Black History Month
Just a year ago, The Virtuosity of Blackness took stage in the Art Starts studio. Since then, the idea has evolved and not to mention, shifted due to the pandemic.
As we get ready to release VoB 3.0, our latest blog looks at the origins of the virtual showcase, the ways in which it supports emerging, Black artists, the amazing people involved, and its plans for the future.
Jamaican Gleaner: The virtuosity of blackness with Art Starts
After being an art facilitator for Art Starts, Nicole Pẽna naturally segued into the role of Program Director.
In this article, Nicole discusses her vision for the neighbourhood cultural centre, its current programs and offerings and the impact of the talent showcase: The Virtuosity of Blackness.