for Black Men who Brunch

The Black Queer mens' Arts & media happening;

by us, for us . . . with added brunch


pilot phase Dec 2019 - Mar 2020

Sunday 29th December 14.00 - 19.00

ARBORETUM Member's Club,

St Martin's Place, 2A Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HF

call for coNtributors


Noon-9Pm, 4th Sunday of each month:

Black Queer men (RE)claim space to be

The arguments in favour of Brunch are incontestable.
In the first place it renders early rising not only unnecessary but ridiculous . . . . Brunch . . . is cheerful sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper; it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings.
It sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week
Guy Beringer, Brunch; A Plea (1895) Harper's Weekly

we said, 'let's do brunch. . . ', This time, we actually meant it!

the Menu

A 'sociable', 'talk-compelling' brunch with African diaspora flavours

Those who brunch are treated to an afternoon menu of participatory performance arts, skills exchange, debate,and Black Boy Joy, shaped by us and for us:

  • BlackOut's living library reading room opens for conversation across borders
  • Topical debate, live-recorded by the nation's leading Black queer podcasters
  • An arts-skills taster session from poetry to dance, painting to digital design, storytelling to singing
  • It wouldn't be our revolution if we couldn't dance. The No Tea Tea Dance kicks-off with a 'celebrity' 'Desert Island DJ' set followed by up-and-coming new musical talent to end the weekend in style

Wanted - send us your pitch today

Send your ideas with an example of your work/CV to BlackOut TODAY, to be a part of Black Men Who Brunch Dec 2019 - March 2020

We especially welcome contributions from Black Queer Men, Trans and QTIPOC performers and facilitators

Art/Craft workshop facilitator

Got a skill that you'd like to pass on? Can you introduce others' to an arts or craft skill that could spark our creativity?

Life drawing, photography, fashion styling, knitting or crochet? You've got 90 minutes, pitch your idea.

Personal Development facilitator

We could all do with being a little better in 2020, right? Can you help?

Can you deliver fun and engaging workshops on personal goal-setting, relationships, money management, careers, mental health, or meditation? What do you think more of us would benefit from knowing?

musicians, singers, DJs

We're looking for new/established voices to perform a 15 minute set, DJs who can play a set that sets us up for the week ahead, musicians (solo or groups) who can transport us with tunes

There's a time to play, a time to sing, and a time to dance - and Sundays at Black Men Who Brunch is one of them. Get in touch.

podcasters, youtubers - go live!

Loving your work! We listen in, we watch, we laugh, we cry ... we ignore you when you ask us to 'like, subscribe, comment' - sorry/not sorry.

Put yourself on stage in front of a friendly live audience, get immediate feedback, invite celebrity guests, why not record an hour on stage at Black Men Who Brunch? Call now

Too often, performers and facilitators are asked to share their skills without payment for someone else's profit. While we're not a commercial organisation, we won't contribute to this practice. While we cannot pay you what you as much as you deserve, all participants who contribute will be recognised equally.

All performers and facilitators are offered a flat rate honorarium, and out of pocket expenses (to an agreed limit)

digital natives

Black Men Who Brunch will go digital.

We will generate content for our online channels to enable deeper interaction for those at the event, as well as between/with those who are further afield.

We will be live-streaming, publishing edited audio/video recordings, creating new media assets, and conducting opinion polls for The BlackOut Hub (a mobile app and discrete/discreet community network) that will offer users greater access to direct and peer support in 2020.

our partners ...

shade free @ juice

The UK's No1 Black owned LGBT+ Events


Arboretum Members' club

ARBORETUM is an independent members' club where people who care about the planet convene, create and collaborate.

making spaces

Black Men Who Brunch Dec 2019 - March 2020 is a pilot series of events, Black Queer Men attending brunch will be asked their views and invited to collaborate on shaping the future of BlackOutUK events

by us, for us