Melanie Abrahams

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Melanie Abrahams
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  • Curator
  • Producer
  • Speaker
Known forfounder of independent organisations Renaissance One and Tilt

Melanie Abrahams is a curator and producer of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. [1] In 2000, Melanie Abrahams created a company named Renaissance One, producing and organising literary events. [2]


Melanie Abrahams has curated events, shows and festivals both independently, and through her organisations, Renaissance One and Tilt [3]. This includes ‘A Great Day In London’, a photoshoot of fifty writers of African, Caribbean and Asian origin on the steps of the British Library in 2004, a two-week festival to mark Trinidad and Tobago’s 50 years of political independence with co-curator Dominique Le Gendre which was commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission for their 2012 Cultural Village at the Tricycle Theatre[4] two subsequent festivals entitled ‘London Is The Place For Me’ at the Tabernacle (2014) and the British Library (2016). [5][6]

In 2018 Melanie was a Guest Curator at the Bronte Parsonage [7]. In 2019 she curated the Performance Strand and Response Gallery for the People of Letters for the Museum of Colour [8]

From 2019 to 2020 she was invited by the Diversity Arts Australia and British Council to be part of the cohort of the INTERSECT [9] peer mentoring programme for senior arts leaders which involved programmes in England and Australia [10]

In 2019 she curated Caribbean Fest [11] a festival of Caribbean arts and culture, at the British Library which included events on the ‘Trickster Caribbean’ (Trickster Thrive) [12] and an event on the food and tastes of the Caribbean (‘A Plate of Caribbean’) [13]


  1. Surtees, Joshua (January 1, 2015). "Melanie Abrahams: "I like Jamaica, but I'm more Trini-minded"".
  2. Mahoney, Ciara (June 25, 2013). "Arts head: Melanie Abrahams, founder of Tilt and Renaissance one" – via
  3. "What's on". Renaissance One.
  4. Levy, Andrea (September 18, 2004). "Made in Britain" – via
  5. "London Is The Place For Me: a Caribbean Festival of Literature and Liming". Melanie Abrahams.
  6. "Press Clippings and Flyers". Melanie Abrahams.
  7. "Emily Speaks | Bronte Parsonage Museum".
  8. "Museum of Colour - People of Letters".
  9. "2019 INTERSECT participants | British Council".
  10. "INTERSECT 2019/2020 · Diversity Arts Australia". Diversity Arts Australia.
  11. "Caribbean Fest combined ticket". The British Library.
  12. "Trickster Thrive". The British Library.
  13. "A Plate of Caribbean". The British Library.

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