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Counterpoints Arts

Friday 19 June 2020

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm




Counterpoints Arts




Arts and Culture, Music, Sports


Lady Leshurr — the multi-talented rapper, songwriter and co-host of ITV2’s ‘Don’t Hate the Playaz’ —  launches a specially commissioned football song and music video celebrating the diversity of football at Refugee Week 2020.

The song was commissioned by PopChange — an initiative led by Counterpoints Arts — and produced together with football fans to celebrate the contributions that migration has made to this popular sport.

The launch will be followed by a discussion bringing together former players, fans and artists. Topics will include:

  • What are the positive impacts of migration on football in Britain?
  • How have supporters’ groups, players and clubs challenged the negative portrayal of migrants in the media and wider society in general?
  • Why is football often negatively represented in cultural spaces?
  • How can musicians, artists, filmmakers, poets and influencers address these stereotypes?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lady Leshurr - rapper, songwriter
  • Micheal Eboda - former sports journalist and CEO of Powerful Media
  • Phil Vasily -  author, researcher, filmmaker and political activist
  • Mark Doight - anti-racist football academic
  • Nilesh J Chauhan - football activist
  • Mathew Barrett - CEO of Goalclick
  • Tim Samuels - football podcaster

More speakers to be announced shortly

For more information about PopChange and this special commission visit our website:


1. To be part of the live audience on Zoom, you must register via Eventbrite. The link to join the Zoom discussion will be emailed to you two hours before the event.

2. You can also watch the live streams on Facebook without registering. To receive a reminder just before the event starts, you can register and select "Receive a reminder" or RSVP on the Facebook event page.

PopChange (Pop Culture & Social Change) is a pioneering initiative led by Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed for social change in order to shift the way we talk, think and feel about migration and displacement in the UK.