Nicole Krystal Crentsil

Nicole Krystal Crentsil

CEO of Black Girl Festival & BIG SIS, Angel Investor + Cultural CuratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Nicole Krystal Crentsil

Nicole Krystal Crentsil

CEO of Black Girl Festival & BIG SIS, Angel Investor + Cultural CuratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Nicole Crentsil is an established public speaker, curator and festival director. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. Her passion for supporting and promoting diversity through various industries alongside her drive to stimulate and facilitate forward thinking conversations awarded Nicole as TimeOut's 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape. With several appearances as a guest speaker on BBC Women’s Hour discussing everything from mental health to race and representation, Nicole is an experienced commentator. A Tedx speaker and host, Nicole is a vibrant and engaging speaker who is equally comfortable speaking with celebrities to the general public. Most recently Nicole appeared live on BBC News on International Women’s Day discussing the importance of the day for women worldwide. In 2018 Nicole delivered a keynote at Apple Regent Street and also hosted a panel discussion at Elle Weekender discussing race and identity. With features across print, online and media such as Stylist, Evening Standard, Channel 4 + more, Nicole was one of the leading faces for an international campaign with BET International promoting the Black Girls Rock awards show. In 2016, Nicole founded Unmasked Women, an exhibition channeling the Black British female experience focussing on mental health. This successful show catapulted a breadth of dialogue on mental health with features in Dazed & Confused, i-D, Huffington Post, Afropunk, Buzzfeed+ more. Since her successful show, Nicole has curated an exhibition at the V&A, produced several discussions with Tate Britain and delivered projects and talks with the ICA and Southbank Centre. In 2017, Nicole co-founded The Black Girl Festival, the UK’s first festival celebrating Black British women and girls. In its first year, Black Girl Festival produced a takeover of TimeOut London magazine, two annual festivals, whilst building a growing community of over 30,000+ online and irl.
Projects
  • TATE: ROUTES IN ALTERNATIVE CAREERS FAIR
    TATE: ROUTES IN ALTERNATIVE CAREERS FAIRTo celebrate International Women’s Day, see a series of inspirational talks from women working in the creative industries put together by guest curator Nicole Crentsil and introduced by Frances Morris, Tate Modern Director
  • Unmasked Women
    Unmasked WomenAn exhibition channeling the young black British female experience through creatives focussing on mental health. In order to spark a much needed conversation about mental health within the Black British community, the project aims to creatively document and showcase the work of several artists whilst creating a safe platform for open discussion.  un-masked.com
  • The UK's first black girl festival
    The UK's first black girl festivalA day festival celebrating Black British women past, present & future with arts, workshops, panels & entertainment for all ages. Click here to view the Kickstarter campaign. The UK's first Black British festival for women and girls is designed to celebrate and explore what it means to be a Black woman in the UK. We want to create a space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community through a combination of the arts, music, culture and conversation.
  • Celebrating International Women’s Day with Nicole Krystal Crenstil.
    Celebrating International Women’s Day with Nicole Krystal Crenstil.International Women’s Day is a yearly event, held March 8th to celebrate the social, economical, cultural and political achievement of women. The campaign theme for 2018 is press for change and the past year has seen much progress made with movements such as Times Up and Me too. However, this is not the only narrative of women who are making headway. There are many women in the UK championing change who have become leaders for their own generation. One of these women is Nicole Crenstil, a curato
  • TedxUCLWomen talk
    TedxUCLWomen talk"Nicole Crenstil shares the story of how she discovered the holistic nature of physical and mental health, the importance of community and how to explore the black British identity through art. Through such exploration, Nicole not only discovered art’s pivotal role in creating a safe open platform for discussing taboo issues, but also promotes the resounding message that it’s okay not to be okay."
  • Black Panther Letitia Wright Q&A
    Black Panther Letitia Wright Q&AI curated and hosted a screening of the Black Panther film followed by a Q&A with Letitia Wright. The screening was held in Genesis Cinema in collaboration with Tanya Compas women and girls programme manager at The Change Foundation and young people from Spotlight Youth Centre.
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Projects credited in
  • Digital Girlhood: Nella Rose
    Digital Girlhood: Nella RoseA panel/event recap of Nella Rose speaking at Black Girl Fest's annual event, Digital Girlhood
  • 'Girlhood' by Black Girl Fest
    'Girlhood' by Black Girl FestI was commissioned by Black Girl Fest over the summer to create illustrations of their attendees to their 2023 Girlhood programme. They were such an inspiring team to work with and I absolutely love what they stand for.
  • Beats by Dre - Studio Buds Campaign
    Beats by Dre - Studio Buds CampaignI had the amazing opportunity to shoot this campaign alongside other WOC creatives as part of the Black Girl Fest programme for up & coming black female/non-binary photographers! ✨
  • This Black History Month 2021, meet 100 Black trailblazers redefining the industry
    This Black History Month 2021, meet 100 Black trailblazers redefining the industryIn celebration of Black History Month, we’re thrilled to share our annual list of Black rising stars – as nominated by The Dots community – who are making history, transforming the industry today and inspiring the generation of tomorrow. We still have a long way to go to diversify the creative, tech and digital industries – which is why it’s important for us to celebrate and be inspired by the incredible Black leaders that surround us. The list we’ve put together is one that shines with brilli
  • This Black History Month 2020, meet 100 rising stars inspiring change
    This Black History Month 2020, meet 100 rising stars inspiring changeWe still have a long way to go when it comes to conquering the lack of diversity in all industries – which is why it is so important for us, as a platform, to use our force for good. True diversity at every level is the key to innovation and success, so we celebrate and promote Black talent throughout the year, including via our list of brilliant Black leaders. This is definitely not an exhaustive list, so we’re always looking to unearth more incredible rising stars to feature and promote, to h
  • Puma x Schuh
    Puma x SchuhI collaboratively styled 4 inspiring women in their own creative fields for episodic style content for Schuh social channels as well as in-store/window front moving imagery.
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Work history
    Black Girl Festival logo
    Black Girl Festival logo
    CEOBlack Girl Festival
    London, United KingdomFull Time
Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
  • Client Presentation
  • Art Curation
  • Event Magagement
  • Marketing
  • SEO
  • Ecommerce
  • Web Design
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    BA (Hons) Product DesignNottingham Trent University
     - Nottingham, United Kingdom
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    Chartered Society of Designers Accredited Course Student awardChartered Society of Designers