Writers, artists, scientists and psychologists will explore the complex and contested legacy of the British Empire over a series of three thought-provoking evenings at Kensington Palace.
In the very spot where Queen and Empress, Victoria, was born and grew up, join us to debate the impact of the Empire on our contemporary ideas about race and identity.
We'll be celebrating the diverse, vibrant city we live in today with games, cocktails, and a Bollywood meets Afro-themed DJ set from Hit-Maker Music, alongside craftivism, and on select nights, a sneaky peak of a new dance piece: ‘Black Victorians.’
Throughout history, Kensington Palace has been a seat of the powerful. The aristocracy flocked to hear from the great thinkers and artists of the day, invited by the Royal Family to present their work at court.
In 2019, you are invited to return to the palace to explore the stories of those who were once voiceless in this royal building.
The palace will be buzzing with ideas, art and experiments once more – only this time, everyone is welcome!
Award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou will perform original works on race, identity and notions of personhood.
Historian Dr Katrina Marchant will interrogate the idea of Empire as an anxious abjection and how the Elizabethan era shaped the values of Empire.
Ethnographer and journalist Irna Qureshi will explore the idea of Britishness in a Pakistani context with reference to Queen Victoria’s role in her family.
Literary researcher Sarah Jilani will question the makings of Englishness through literature.
Curator Subhadra Das will explore the role science museums have in the building and dismantling of imperial power.
Dance performances of new work-in-progress between Historic Royal Palaces and choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles. Dancers explore the fusion of the African movement and Victorian court dances with a contemporary approach, inspired by the Black Chronicles II photography exhibition.
Wednesday 13 November
Spoken word artist Jaspreet Kaur (Behind the Netra) will share poetry on the impact of Empire and taboo subjects both in the Asian community and wider society.
Psychologist Dr Erica McInnis will explain how Eurocentric psychology isn’t serving a diverse population and how African-centred approaches can provide complementary treatment and practice to people who have different needs.
Historian Dr Sally Tuckett will trace the history of Empire through Scottish textiles to tell us more about people not recorded in written histories.
Kensington Palace is situated within a Royal Park and the gates close at dusk. Please arrive via Orme Square Gate (via Bayswater Road). To ensure your safety, a bag check will be undertaken on arrival.
A collection of gifts based on the latest Victoria Woman and Crown exhibition at Kensington Palace, including exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, our Royal Victoria collection inspired by iconic symbols from Queen Victoria's reign.
Originally the childhood home of Queen Victoria, later home to Princess Margaret and Princess Diana and now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is one of the more fashionable and stylish of our palaces.