Rastafari in Motion


Co-curated in partnership with the Rastafari  Regal Livity (RRL), Rastafari in Motion tells the rarely told story of the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the emergence of the Rastafari movement in Britain. This exhibition introduces the mystic world of Rastafari and the guiding principles of this holistic way of life and takes a closer look at the contributions made to British society.  Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie I’s appearance before the League of Nations, His four-year residency in Bath and His influence on the rising consciousness of Black youth from the 1960s onwards.

Find out about the exploits of Ras Seymour Maclean ‘The Book Liberator’, and explore the movement’s expression through music, art, spirituality, education, and the rise of political agency; and their lasting legacy here in Britain.

Black Cultural Archives will be the first to present Rastafari in Motion to UK audiences. First exhibited at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in 2014, as part of an international collection (Rastafari: The Majesty and the Movement), this celebrated exhibition has travelled to Jamaica in April 2016, and will arrive at Black Cultural Archives this summer.

14 June – 10 September 2016
Free admission

Opening times: Tues-Sat, 10am – 5.30pm (last entry)
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Also, whilst visiting our new exhibition why not check out The Order of Trinity: Peace Garden and The Speakers Corner.

The Order of Trinity: Peace Garden

The Courtyard has been brought to life with a beautiful Peace Garden full of herbs and plants that offer natural health benefits, as well as being key ingredients for flavoursome teas. The Peace Garden has been symbolically been designed to represent the order of the trinity and the universal peace sign to encourage spiritual healing, love, and peace central to Rastafari beliefs. All herbs and plants have been delicately planted by our team and the exhibition curators to create a sustainable, living sharing garden.

All herbs can be handpicked and used for special teas in our café for a small donation.

Speakers Corner: Have Your Say!

Rastafari in Motion is a unique exhibition that captures the history of living heritage, and the stories of people living today. The individualism of Rastafari reveals that many of us carry our personal archives within us, and these important stories are not always shared. The Speakers Corner will offer a platform to share your story, opinion, and perspective on how the Rastafari movement has made an impact personally, culturally, socially, or historically?

The Speakers Corner will take place every Friday, 4.00pm – 6.00pm. All participants will be given 30 minutes. If you are interested in taking the stand and sharing your story on peace, love, and unity of Rastafari, let us know!

Speakers Corners dates: Fridays, 5, 12, 19, 26 August; and 2 and 9 September. Register your interest at the reception desk and one of the Learning team will get in touch.

Reviews and Articles on Rastafari in Motion

Recent article and podcast by Brixton Blog.



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