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Emerge Festival | Here-Now-Us

Nunnery Gallery & Bow Arts Courtyard
181-183 Bow Road
E3 2SJ
London

Saturday 28 September, 5 to 10.30pm


Here-Now-Us is a late night event featuring live music, spoken word performances and interactive installations as part of Emerge – London’s new afterhours festival. A unique night of artistic exploration, Here-Now-Us features a fierce line-up of young and exciting artists, with London trio Benin City – pulsing rave synths and Guardian’s “one to watch” – headlining, supported by modern musical enigma Mina Rose, spoken word artist and award-winning poet Sanah Ahsan and rapper and theatre-maker John Akinde.

Taking place across the Nunnery Gallery’s former convent’s gothic arches and hidden outdoor courtyard, this one-off event aims to showcase some of London’s freshest talent with a backdrop of arresting artwork, as the gallery also presents the 2019 Bow Open, selected by Carey Young whose selection responds to “our current political moment”.

Benin City will be headlining in the Bow Arts Courtyard with a hook-laden blend of Afro-dance pop, hip-hop, spoken word and electronica that is both infectious and poignant; it’s music for the dancefloor which has taken them to SXSW, The Great Escape and now Emerge. Supported by gripping, modern musical enigma Mina Rose, a multi-layered singer-songwriter with a visual arts background, who recently supported 2019 Brit Award winner Jorja Smith on tour; Sanah Ahsan, queer Pakistani Muslim womxn, trainee clinical psychologist, spoken word artist and published poet, who’s worked with the BBC and Shakespeare’s Globe and whose performance poetry recently won the Outspoken Prize 2019; and up-and-coming poet, rapper and theatre-maker John Akinde from London’s East End.

Don’t miss this explorative and stimulating night of performance and live music; interact with contemporary art in a way you never have before; enjoy a unique cocktail from our jazzy drinks menu run by the Nunnery Café; and feast on some of the best pizza in town from our very own pop-up pizza van.

Book Saturday only tickets – from £15

Book all access Friday and Saturday tickets – from £30

One ticket will allow you to access all of the nine circuits across London on either Friday, Saturday or both nights.

Emerge is Culture24’s new festival of night-time events in museums, galleries, historic houses, visual arts venues and more. Over two nights in September, Emerge Festival will ‘takeover’ these iconic buildings, challenging traditional perceptions of arts and heritage organisations by transforming them into venues, putting stage managers behind the wheels and showcasing some of London’s most exciting emerging talent.

For more information see: www.bowarts.org/here-now-us

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