Blindian Project Carnival

Sunday 17th April

The past few years have changed who we are and what we value in life. For too long, we’ve shortened our names, softened our accents, and dampened our shine.


As the world reopens, we recognize the critical need for social connections and community that allow us to be seen, feel valued, and be heard. We’ve listened to your feedback after building a thriving online community of like-minded people. This space belongs to us — no gaze included


Doors open from 7:30 pm

  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. — KINdred Meet n’ Great. Eats by Dishoom
  • 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. —Fireside chat with Kasim Ali. Author of Good Intentions
  • 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.—DJ’s & Dancing


Jonah Batambuze is a Ugandan-American, interdisciplinary artist and founder of the BlindianProject. His parents fled Uganda and the Idi Amin dictatorship in 1975 for Chicago, and he spent his adolescent years in the cornfields of central Illinois.

Batambuze created the BlindianProject in 2017, and today, the platform connects over 25,000 people in cities such as London, New York City, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angelos to name a few.

Batambuze is a creative placemaker working across various media, including painting, installation, performance, and moving images.

Kasim Ali is a British-Pakistani, Assistant Editor at @penguinrandomhouse. He was longlisted for the B4ME Short Story Prize (hosted by his now UK publisher Fourth Estate). Kasim is the author of Good Intentions, the recently published lead fiction novel @4thestatebooks.

Almass Badat is a DJ, Artist and culture connector who creates and curates colourful, innovative & compassionate stories. She has played for Dialled In, BoxOut FM, NTS, RINSE FM, BBC Asian Network and more. Her DJ sets bridge Black and Brown sounds and weave in music from her travels around the world.

Notable collaborators include: Amazon Music, the British Council, Tay Iwar, BBC Asian Network, The Science Gallery, ICA, Netflix, V&A, Boiler Room, BBC, Trippin World, WorldwideFM, DAZED & more.

Arthi Nachiappan is a journalist, radio host, DJ and dancer based in London.

Arthi regularly appears on radio as a resident DJ and presenter at Rinse FM with guest mixes on BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network, Foundation FM, NTS, and more. In addition, she has played at Manchester and Birmingham Pride with Katy B and events for party collectives including Keep Hush, Pxssy Palace, Daytimers, Boko Boko, and Movimientos.

As a dancer, Arthi has appeared in music videos for Beyoncé, Dave, Charli XCX, Saweetie, Amaarae, and Kali Uchis and performed live at the O2 Arena with Tiwa Savage.

DJ Complexion has been spreading throughout the urban music scene creating opportunities at the flagship London launch of the Puma X BAPE collaboration; spin with Adidas & Stormzy in Berlin and perform with RZA, the mastermind behind the legendary Wu Tang Clan.

After touring with acclaimed rapper Little Simz (on the Schoolboy Q Oxymoron tour) and Bonkaz across Europe and Australia, Complexion showcased his versatility with

two impressive Boiler Room performances to add to his resume alongside A$AP Mob & Action Bronson.

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