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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 two companion pieces from artists, academics, cultural leaders, citizens or political representatives who will be 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.

In October, to mark Black History Month, pieces by May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona explore the representation and misrepresentation of Black people. Alongside these pieces, we’ll be hosting a live response session where you can ask your questions directly to the creators involved.

When we may not be able to come together physically, we hope these Happenings give us all the chance to share our thoughts and enter discussions with each other, online.

We welcome you to respond either through commenting on the videos, using the #TravHappenings hashtag on social media, or by joining us in live direct response sessions held throughout the year.

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 available Happenings

List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. In Dreams I;

    Free By Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

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    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.

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  2. The Stories We Tell About Black Lives

    Free By May Sumbwanyambe

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    In his wide-ranging video essay, May Sumbwanyambe draws links between the ways in Black people are represented and misrepresented in the media.

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  3. A Community Response to Race: Making Until the Flood with Dael Orlandersmith


    Available now

    Playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith discusses her show Until the Flood and the state of America in 2020.

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  4. Happenings - Response Session


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    Dael Orlandersmith, May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona respond to their Happenings and answer audience questions.

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