Usually at times like these, we’d look to our cultural institutions to hold space where we could come together to have important and impassioned conversations about the most important issues of the day; share our ideas and create fresh visions for the future.
Happenings are our response to this need.
Every month we’ll present pieces from artists, academics, cultural leaders, citizens or political representatives reflecting on an urgent societal issue, in their own way. They will aim to provoke and challenge as well as entertain, ultimately asking how we can create a more equitable society that gives a voice and a chance to everyone.
Current Happenings from Dael Orlandersmith, May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona explore the representation and misrepresentation of Black people. This live response session is where you can ask your questions directly to the creators involved.
We also welcome you to respond either through commenting on the videos or using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media, ahead of the live response session.
Happenings are presented in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
The Traverse is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.
Image: Mihaela Bodlovic
Watch the Happenings
In Dreams I;Free By Natasha Thembiso Ruwona
In Dreams I; responds to Black geographies and how black people fit into spaces - physically or metaphorically. It is a mediation on history, identity and memory, and how these can often be blurred into one.Watch now
The Stories We Tell About Black LivesFree By May Sumbwanyambe
In his wide-ranging video essay, May Sumbwanyambe draws links between the ways in Black people are represented and misrepresented in the media.Watch now
Happenings - Until the Flood with Dael OrlandersmithFree
Available from Thu 3 Dec
Playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith discusses her show Until the Flood and the state of America in 2020.Coming soon