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Commissions

Words by Tomiwa Folorunso and Natasha Ruwona.


Funmi Lijadu 

We have commissioned artist Funmi Lijadu to create a piece of art in response to the themes of Welcome To and/or the films themselves. 

Funmi Lijadu is an artist and writer, invested in society and under-discussed issues. She interrogates contemporary culture from pop culture, to social justice. You can follow her on Instagram @artbyfunmi and on Twitter @funmicreates.

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Ngqabutho Mpofu AKA ButhoTheWarrior

Ngqabutho Mpofu AKA ButhoTheWarrior DJ, Jaiva founder, podcaster, resident of Clyde Built Radio, Radio Buena Vida & The Flying Duck, activist and Ignite theatre public relations officer. His progressive, fearless approach and outlook, accompanied by his thought provoking DJ sets, make him the leader that the culture needs. 

For the commission with Glasgow Film Festival, ButhoTheWarrior will curate a 2-hour promo mix inspired by the selected films.


Jess Brough 

Jess Brough will write a response to Angelou on Burns. 

Jess Brough is a writer, producer and psycholinguistics PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Their work has appeared in queer anthology The Bi-Bible: New Testimonials, Scottish literary magazine Extra Teeth, and The Best of British Fantasy 2019 anthology. In 2018 Jess founded Fringe of Colour, which has gone on to become a multi award-winning promotional platform and support network for Black people and People of Colour at arts festivals. The project’s first online arts festival, Fringe of Colour Films, took place in August 2020 at fringeofcolour.co.uk.

Twitter: @Jessica_Brough | @FringeofColour Instagram: @jessbrough | @fringeofcolour


Black Scot Pod 

Launched due to a lack of Black Scottish voices in mainstream media, Suzie and Shirley share their experiences of growing up in Scotland, discuss pop culture, current events, and everything in-between with a bit of banter on the side.

Join Suzie and Shirley as they explore the conversation on Black people working in film and media, featuring discussions on this year’s films at Glasgow Film Festival.

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