Encouraging young people to find, read and analyse black authors in the form of debates within a library environment.



Opal22 Arts and Edutainment present Negritude, a fresh programme of debating events. Negritude examines and upholds the genius of literary Icons from African and Caribbean descent, challenging and championing their impact and contribution to the African literary diaspora. 

The Opal22 Arts and Edutainment Negritude programme will be a yearly programme for young people to be enthused about debate, literature and the power of talking, reading and writing about authors from a variety of cultural backgrounds. 

Leicester’s Central Library will play host to the debate series – a fresh thought provoking take on the traditional format of debates. We first used this format on the Lets Debate programme of 2018, which had a wonderful reception for its inaugural event. 

There are four amazing debates across twelve months, each debate night will bringing a special guest to the city of Leicester, a talent, a mind, a writer renowned for their contributions to the literary sphere. 

Young people will be exposed to ideas new and old and encouraged to develop their own critical thinking prowess. With the guidance of rising and established literary stars, participants will be guided through the vast world of literature stemming from the African diaspora. Guest authors will inspire the young people to read for pleasure, to exercise critical awareness, write for expression and be active members of their local literary scene. Opportunities to participant in library interventions, perform across new spaces, and become a member of the central library are some of the opportunities that wait!

Why we do it

Opal 22 Arts and Edutainment encourages young people and adults who struggle with the written word, or who don't read for pleasure, to get into reading.

It is the perfect opportunity to help people develop their leadership skills and their communication skills. These skills are what make the youth learn more about their potential.

This will be the ideal opportunity for the young debaters to get more informed about the current social, political and cultural situations around them. They will develop a greater understanding of the world around them and a broader world view. 



Programme summary


Anniversary: Black History Month Theme: African writers October 2019 

Anniversary: Maya Angelou’s birthday Theme: Black American writers April 2020

Anniversary: National Windrush Day Theme: Caribbean writers June 2020

Anniversary: Black History Month Theme: Black British writers October 2020

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