The launch of the website was marked by a launch party, held at The Old Coal Yard in Newcastle from 7 to 10pm. The evening saw speeches from Dami, various performers - musicians, dancers, and poets - and the showcasing of short films. The various acts were a wonderful, well-rounded snippet of the content we can expect to see up and running soon on NaviiMedia.com.
Dami began the evening by introducing themselves, and Navii Media as a concept, from its origins as a plan on a sticky note to its fruition. At around 8pm, we all set off party poppers as the website went live, to many happy cheers.
We then all sat and watched the short film 'dey Dream', a visual poem by director Kanea Indigo, celebrating black trans masculine joy. Instagram: @kanea.indigo
This was shortly followed by the singer Paige, who did an acoustic set, with both covers and original songs, providing the venue with soothing, chilled vibes. Instagram: @paige_does_life
After a short break, we were blessed with an exhilarating performance from dancer Iuliia Antonova. Instagram: @guildenstern.and.you
This was followed by a back to back of poetry performances, from Amy Langdown (Instagram: @amylangdown_), and Laura Kasongo (Instagram: @aperturepoetry), whose magical words lit up the room as the sun slowly set outside.
Another short film was played, from @dubedesigned, before Fawehinmi ended the night by leading a breathing exercise to relax us all. Overall, the performances provided an array of both excitement and calming vibes, and were a great insight into what we can expect from the website in the months to come. To check out and/or pitch your own content, see: Naviimedia.com