MOBO Season 2016

Motivate, Elevate and Celebrate - 2016 MOBO Season announced

(2017 details to be announced)

MOBO is 21!  And my, haven’t we grown up?  This autumn we are very proud to launch our second MOBO Season of talks, productions and screenings celebrating talent, and providing platforms and opportunities beyond music.  This series of cultural events and partnerships seeks to inspire excellence from industry leaders to motivate and elevate the ambitions of future generations.  


Amongst the activities planned are a series of MOBOvation Talks, a string of curated films with the 60th BFI London Film Festival and the BFI’s first Black Star Season,  theatre productions with the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court, the return of the Paving the Way Awards with ITV2 to inspire future generations of creative talent and - as if all that weren’t enough, we are also working with NHS Blood and Transplant to launch a ground-breaking health campaign.    


Speaking at the press launch on Tuesday 27th September, MOBO founder and CEO Kanya King said, "The MOBO organisation has always had a social and cultural responsibility to celebrate current creative talent to motivate and inspire future generations. Twenty-one years on, MOBO are still champions of diversity and inclusion, recognising talent from within music, culture, arts, fashion, media and from across society as a whole.  Something much bigger than music alone - that is what the MOBO Season is about."  


Inaugural MOBOvational speaker, theatre director Kwame Kwei Armah said, “Art does not exist in its fullest self without investing in new talent; diverse talent. So it's a huge honour to launch the MOBO Season this year because the platform that MOBO has provided in its 21 year history across British music and culture is not only unique, but has been a game changer. Big up to MOBO!


For a full run down of this year’s MOBO Season, LOOK HERE.....

MOBO Season 2016 – Full List Of Events

MOBOVation Talks:

Tuesday 27th September – BFI

Playwright and Creative Director, Kwame Kwei Armah

Date tbc – British Library

London’s Deputy Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal


Wednesday 5th October: Odeon Leicester Square - A United Kingdom (OPENING FILM)

Directed by Amma Asante, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. This is the opening film of the London Film Festival and tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who caused an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.

Saturday 8th October: Vue West End Cinema, Friday 14th October: Ritzy Brixton, Sunday 16th October: Hackney Picturehouse - A Moving Image

Starring Tanya Fear, Hussina Raja and Aki Omoshaybi. The gentrification of London’s Brixton is examined in this probing and stylistically ambitious debut feature.

Saturday 8th October: Ritzy Brixton, Monday 10th October: ICA – Fonko

Directed by Lamin Jadama. A pulsating journey through the electronic urban musical underground of Africa that looks at how the new sounds are defining a generation, from the team behind Black Power Mixtape.

Thursday 13th October: Picturehouse Central, Friday 14th October: Odeon Leicester Square – City Of Tiny Lights

Starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper. A taut, hardboiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London, from the Pete Travis, the director of Dredd and Omagh.

Saturday 15th October: Vue West End, Sunday 16th October: Ritzy Brixton – White Colour Black

Starring Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Wale Ojo. Leke, a mixed heritage man living in London is a successful photographer. When a message from Senegal calls him home, Leke must confront the psychological intricacies of his heritage and forge a new sense of self. 

Saturday 8th October: ICA and 15th October: Vue West End Cinema – Daughters Of The Dust

Starring Barbara O, Alva Rogers, Cora Lee Day. Julie Dash’s majestic first feature about three generations of Gullah women (descendants of West African slaves) at the turn of the 20th century struggling with the decision to migrate from their sea island home off the coast of South Carolina to the mainland. 

Saturday 15h October: Embankment Garden Cinema, Sunday 16th October: Embankment Garden Cinema– Chi-Raq (SONIC GALA)

Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Samuel L Jackson, Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, John Cusack. Spike Lee reimagines Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata as a dazzling modern-day hip-hop musical set in Chicago.

Tuesday 11th October: Vue West End, Wednesday 12th October: ICA – Stockholm My Love

Mark Cousins and Neneh Cherry team up to direct this superb ‘is it a doc, or is it fiction’ film. Cherry’s Alva is a character whose life mirrors some broad facts of her own (an artist with an African father and Swedish mother). 

Saturday 15th October: Haymarket, Sunday 16th October – Ritzy – 76

Starring Ramsay Noah, Rita Dominic. A terse political drama from Nigeria deals with the ramifications for a group linked to the assassination in 1976 of General Murtala Mohammed

Sunday October 9th: Odeon Leicester Square, Monday October 10th: Odeon Leicester Square, Wednesday, October 12th : Ritzy Cinema Brixton - Queen Of Katwe (HEADLINE GALA)

The powerful true life tale of one girl’s determination to escape from poverty in Uganda by becoming a chess champion, directed by Mira Nair and starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.


Thursday 3rd November: Glasgow Film Theatre - Boyz N The Hood

A special screening of the re-release of this seminal movie from John Singleton starring Ice Cube.


Thursday 6 October 2016 – Saturday 3rd December 2016 – One Night In Miami

The world would come to know him as Muhammad Ali, but on 25 February 1964, a 22-year old Cassius Clay celebrated his world heavyweight title not by hitting the town, but in a hotel room with his three closest friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and American football star Jim Brown. Kwame Kwei-Armah returns to the UK to direct Kemp Powers’ fictional account of a real night, taking us to the heart of a pivotal moment in the history of a nation.


Thursday 15thSeptember – Saturday 22nd October – Father Comes Home From The Wars


West Texas, 1862. Hero, a slave, is promised his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy against the Union. In a nation at war with itself, he must work against those striving to abolish slavery. Pulitzer Prize winner, Suzan-Lori Parks returns to the Royal Court with Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), directed by Jo Bonney.