Salon / NetworkPopChange

The Power to Create: Pop Culture & Narrative Change

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Date

Friday, 27 May 2022

Time

18:00-20:00 BST, followed by drinks reception

Venue

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

Cost

Free, ticketed

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Salon / NetworkPopChange

The Power to Create: Pop Culture & Narrative Change

**Note: This event was originally scheduled for 21st January**

Counterpoints Arts, the UK’s leading organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change, in collaboration with Southbank Centre, presents ‘The Power to Create: Pop Culture & Narrative Change’, an in-person networking event as part of our PopChange Salon Series. The evening will feature speakers who are at the forefront of driving social change, building movements and disrupting existing power structures through vibrant, game-changing cultural content in the US and UK. 

Friday 27 May, 6-8pm BST
Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre
Free but ticketed via Southbank Centre website. If tickets are sold out, join the waitlist.

Speakers:

  • Nana Bempah, an award-winning Executive Producer in film and advertising, and founder and CEO of Pocc – a creative network driving cultural impact.
  • Rashad Robinson (via live link), President of Color Of Change and a leading US civil rights leader, which builds power for Black communities through innovative cultural strategies.
  • Samir Patel, innovation leader and CEO of Comic Relief, which has recently launched The Power of Pop Fund with Unbound Philanthropy.

Guest hosted by Naima Khan, Director of Inclusive Mosque Initiative, Co-Chair of Counterpoints Arts and one of Nesta and The Observer’s 50 New Radicals for their work on intersectional feminism.

The fusion of social change‑makers, movement builders, narrative experts, creatives and funders has the potential to be one of the biggest, driving forces of social and environmental change in our world over the years to come. We need to work together to harness the power, opportunities and potential of pop culture for social change. (Sachrajda and Zukowska, New Brave World Report, 2021)

This Salon is for TV/film creators and producers, storytellers, funders and narrative change makers, and we invite you to join us for this interactive discussion and networking event.

Friday 27 May, 6-8pm BST, followed by a networking reception
Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre
Free but ticketed via Southbank website. If tickets are sold out, join the waitlist.

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The PopChange Salon Series — presented by Counterpoints Arts’ Popchange initiative — are curated exchanges with change makers, storytellers and the entertainment industry to explore opportunities for harnessing pop culture for real social change. Hosted by K Biswas (The Race Beat), and building from the recent New Brave World report (Sachrajda & Zukowska, 2021), the Salon Series focuses on areas with momentum for narrative change in the UK — TV/film, gaming and comedy — with particular reference to themes of racial justice, migration and displacement.

Speaker

Naima Khan

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Naima Khan is Co-Chair of Counterpoints Arts. She is a writer, arts journalist and the director of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, which was one of Nesta and The Observer’s 50 New Radicals for their work on intersectional feminism.

Nana Bempah

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Nana Bempah is an award winning Executive Producer in film and advertising, and founder and CEO of Pocc - a community and organisation accelerating equality for ethnically diverse people in the creative industries, through non-traditional ideas, creativity, campaigns and activism.

Rashad Robinson

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Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organisation with more than 7 million members. Rashad designs winning strategies to build power for Black communities, from changing representations of race in Hollywood to moving prosecutors to reduce mass incarceration and police violence.

Samir Patel

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Samir Patel is CEO of Comic Relief, where he is responsible for overall strategy and direction, collaborating across all areas of the organisation including fundraising, impact and operations.

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