Friday, June 22The Voice of London

London’s coolest collective, Gal-dem, are taking over Friday Lates at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The return of the V&A Friday Late is here and ready to spice up your winter weekends.

Reporter: Emily Fortune | Sub-Editor: Anisha Chowdhury

Just some of the Gal-dem crew | (Cone Magazine)
Just some of the Gal-dem crew | (Cone Magazine)

The end of 2016 is fast approaching, with Halloween just around the corner. Although, we do have one thing to get excited about this winter: The V&A Friday Late show has returned. This time, showcasing the incredibly diverse, progressive work of women of colour from London’s coolest publication, Gal-dem.

Friday Late hosts a variety of exhibitions, performances and activities and Gal-dem certainly haven’t fallen short on ways to entertain their visitors. The show includes live performances from women in the grime scene, panels with speakers such as Stylist Ayishat Akanbi, discussing the lives of women of colour in the world’s of art, music and politics. There’s even a soul-food style cafe and much more happening throughout the museum.

Gal-dem, the online movement turned print publication, was born out of a need for fair representation within the mainstream media. Founder and current Editor-in-Chief, Liv Little, came up with the concept for Gal-dem whilst in university and allowed it to grow throughout the months, whilst maintaining the core value of being a generation of young creative people not allowing industry standards to silence them.

The first issue was released back in September 2015 and contained work collated from their ever-expanding team of around 70 contributors. The issue featured cover star, Joyce Wrice, an LA-based R&B and hip-hop musician, and focused on “gal-hood”. It took a unique look on what it’s like growing up as a women of colour.

With the publication’s growing popularity amongst young women of colour and those interested in the independent print industry, Gal-dem are starting to captivate a large, diverse audience. If you’re looking to learn something new and more importantly, enjoy a night full of free fun – head down to the V&A tonight for October’s Friday Late, to see A.G and DJ Darkstepper go b2b, with Souljah, Flohio and Melz performing live.