Celebrate MOBO

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Kanya King founder of the MOBO awards, picture can be seen at International Slavery Museum in Black Britannia exhibition © John Ferguson

Founder of MOBO awards, Kanya King reclines on a white sofa © John Ferguson

Tonight thousands of people will be tuned in to watch the MOBO awards. Every year since 1996 singers, rappers and groups have been collecting awards to celebrate the contribution they have made to music. The awards were the first to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution that urban music and its Black origins have made.

This celebration of Black culture music will also continue into October with the start of Black History Month. One of the many activities during the month of activities will be an art workshop tracing the roots of Black music.

Artist Tony Phillips will be hosting some special art workshops tracing and celebrating the history of music of Black origin. Connecting Threads is a two-day workshop, taking place at Merseyside Maritime Museum from 6 – 8pm on 5/6 or 7/8October, 2009.

Taking inspiration from photographs, illustrations, portraits, musical texts, speeches and newspapers, participants will be encouraged to explore how to interpret events, ideas and music into a visual narrative using collage techniques.

The culmination of these two-day workshops will be a collection of artwork that will form a ‘scrapbook’. The artworks will be used as a decorative backdrop for the Jiving Lindy Hoppers Dance Event at the Maritime Dining Rooms on 30 October 2009.

Suitable for those aged over 16, the Connecting Threads workshop is the perfect opportunity to celebrate black music and culture and get involved with Black History Month, while working with a professional artist to gain some top tips. 

To book your tickets for this free event please e-mail bookingsmmm@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4441