The night begins with music in the Round Room from DJ Chakraman, followed by pop up performances. A panel discussion featuring local and national speakers Peju Oshin, Dr Morgan Dalphinis, co-curator Sumaya Kassim and Malia Bouattia will be lead by Kadian Pow.
The evening will include a musical set from the renowned Affiejam (full band) with micro lectures from Femi Nylander and Dr Fatima Rajina. Commissioned performance and poetry will also be performed by Danni Ebanks-Ingram, Tapiwa Mugabe and Kokumo Noxid.
The Past is Now has been co-curated alongside Birmingham based graphic designer, Abeera Kamran; poet and producer, Aliyah Hasinah; writer, Mariam Khan; cultural activist, Sara Myers; artist and textile designer, Shaheen Kasmani, writer and researcher Sumaya Kassim. The content challenges the typical colonial narrative used to present the history of the British Empire and seeks to position decolonial narratives within the institution. By focusing on a few key events and themes relating to Birmingham's role in the building of Empire, the exhibition examines the museum’s own bias in telling difficult narratives and explores other perspectives, which have been historically misrepresented.