Oxford is set to host the International Black Media Festival (IBMF) in October this year, giving a chance for the public to witness the past, present and future of black music, writing and filmmaking.
The four-day event will include speeches from innovative filmmakers, a black heritage walk around the university, industry workshops and the renowned Jazz brunch.
“The event's aim is to promote independent black cinema and showcase emerging black talent,” Pamela Roberts MA, founder and executive director of the IBMF said.
October is black history month and HRH Queen Elizabeth II has acknowledged the importance of the festival as a key factor in the recognition of black heritage within the industry.
Diane Abbott MP also stated that the importance of the festival's success, being the only one of its kind in the UK.
“The International Black Media Festival offers a fantastic opportunity for leading lights in film and other media to celebrate important, inspirational and moving pieces of art celebrating black history, culture and politics from around the world. It exposes all people of all backgrounds to new ideas and arts, and this can only allow positive learning and understanding, as well as entertainment and enjoyment. I cannot recommend it enough.”