The aims of Cultural Compounds are to:

  1. Explore how African diasporic communities can take the lead in shaping, building and safeguarding their cultural entities
  2. Create an environment for live and online dialogue to exchange ideas and opinions and highlight urgent questions about Afro-Modernist cultural expression and inheritance in the UK and beyond.

The symposiums consist of panels of arts practitioners, activists, theorists and artists from the UK and abroad plus performances.

All themes for the panels are to be interpreted broadly and will be tabled with a remit to include questions on race, place, and identity for Black Artists in Europe.


Dean Ricketts

The Watch-Men Agency provides a strategic approach, developing solutions relevant and appropriate to the client and brand. They have created advertising campaigns, promotions, PR, events, workshops and media partnerships. Clients have included AfroPunk, Levi’s, Sony and Guinness, government departments including Home Office and the Electoral Commission. They supported Word for Africa at The British Museum.

Ola Nwakodo

Ola Nwakodo has created and delivered profile-building campaigns for numerous brands, not for profit organisations as well as arts and culture projects. Examples of the latter include Wakaa, the first Nigerian musical to debut in London’s West End, Word from Africa – a literary festival at The British Museum, Africa Beyond, in association with the BBC, Global Lit, for The Commission for Racial Equality and, Bollywood & Tokyo Live, on behalf of Selfridges.

Kadija George

AWA have provided project management and support for writer’s in their professional development for example to write funding applications, (co) organise events, courses and symposiums in the UK and internationally, (e.g. booking speakers, flights, accommodation, catering), handled administration for events, arranged networking with artists, writers, organisations and venues nationally and internationally. Organised the first symposium for Black British women publishers; partnered on the first conference or Black British Writing at Barbican Centre.
Kadija George (AWA lead) as an individual has organised a series of events (for ACE Yorkshire) based on the Creative Case for Diversity, programmed and coordinated Word from Africa (2) at The British Museum; Word from Africa (3) for Poetry Parnassus, the finale event for London 2012