But We Are Still Here, Octavia @ Tate Modern




Heather Agyepong Yaa 2017 (detail)


A performance of new works commissioned in response to the Tate Modern collection and But we are Still Here

Join Octavia Poetry Collective as they perform new works created as personal responses to the Tate collection, through the themes of But we are Still Here.

Rachel Long, Sarah Lasoye (performing work by Victoria Adukwei Bulley) and Amaal Said will perform these works in response to Rhythm 0 by Marina Abramovich, Monument 1980–1 by Susan Hiller and Pavilion Suspended in a Room I by Cristina Iglesias.

Octavia is a poetry collective for women of colour led by Rachel Long and housed at Southbank Centre.

Susan Hiller, ‘Monument’ 1980–1
Susan Hiller
Monument 1980–1
© Susan Hiller
Cristina Iglesias, ‘Pavilion Suspended in a Room I’ 2005

Cristina Iglesias
Pavilion Suspended in a Room I 2005
© Cristina Iglesias


Performances take place in the Blavatnik Building near the artworks which inspired them on display in Level 0: VoicesLevel 2: Between Object and Architecture and Level 3: Performer and Participant

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


25 November 2017 at 16.00–17.00

Drop-in, no booking necessary











Octavia Poetry at Serpentine Galleries

Ideas Through Art: Poetry from the Personal

Octavia Poetry Collective will lead a workshop for educators exploring poetry as a method to understand and develop personal identities.

‘Leading out of current discourse around migration, movement and identity, the workshop will create a space to explore how we individually and collectively see and understand the world.
Using creative writing, group reading, and critical discussion, we will explore the potential of poetry to address diverse personal histories. We will propose a selection of beyond-the-curriculum poets in order to re-think conventional understandings of poetry and build strategies for identifying ourselves in literature. The session includes time and support to map out ways of applying the ideas to your classroom.’

The workshop is FREE, booking is essential via Eventbrite, for more information:


Octavia Poetry return to Southbank Centre

Josette and Hibaq

The incredible Octavia Poetry Collective will be performing Southbank Centre as part of Strive Festival 2016 on Saturday 6th August, 8-9pm.
Strive is a fantastic festival for and curated by young creatives.
Tickets are just £5, and there are 50% off concessions too. A bargain really for the show we have in store.


The Rich Mix Anniversary Comrade

Rich Mix Com

The Rich Mix Anniversary Camarade
May Monday 2nd : 6pm : Free entry

May 2nd : 6pm : Free Entry http://richmix.org.uk/events/spoken-word/rich-mix-anniversary-camarade at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Rich Mix a special celebratory Camarade event will bring together some of the best known pairs from the series, all of whom had their debut at Rich Mix, alongside some brand new commissioned pairs of young and established poets, invited especially for the night. Featuring:

Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne
Carol Watts & George Szirtes
Mark Waldron & Rebecca Perry
Prudence Chamberlain & Eley Williams
Giovanna Coppola & Clover Peake
Mischa Foster Poole & Chrissy Williams
Julia Lewis & Harry Man
Tasimbaradzwa Kanyangarara & Susie Campbell
Rachel Long & Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Farhana Khatun & Francine Elena
Kathryn Maris & Amy Key
SJ Fowler & more…

Octavia’s Ten Minute Takeover of the Arts Emergency Podcast

The brand new Arts Emergency Podcast has arrived! Check it out on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-arts-emergency…/id1044115346…) and Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/arts-emergency/ep13). This month, we’re talking vulnerability, gratitude and life-defining moments. With stories from playwright and producer Deborah Pearson and Ninjatune signing Throwing Shade. Octavia Poetry takeover the podcast for a whole ten minutes to share some of their work and discuss why their workshop is so valuable. Octavia’s founder and this month’s Poet In Residence Rachel Long delivers an incredible poem exploring mental health. And Arts Emergency student Edie Friar presents the music that means the most to her in this episode’s Student Soundtrack.

Arts Emergency