In anticipation of the premiere of HBO Films’ Fahrenheit 451—based on the Ray Bradbury novel of the same name—HBO just announced Speakeasy 451, a three-night, invite-only event providing a platform for cultural discourse and celebration.

The event will offer an intimate access to some of the most creative current contributors to arts, culture, and activism. Pulling from the film’s themes, guests will indulge in meaningful discussions as well as entertainment while immersing themselves in the world of FAHRENHEIT 451.

Fahrenheit 451 follows Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan), the most popular "fireman" in his district, in his battle to promote happiness and social harmony by burning books, and deleting and altering history, art, photos and facts.

Spread over three unique nights of diverse programming moderated by and featuring different hosts and guests, Speakeasy 451 invites guests into discussions of important challenges facing contemporary society, from literature to the arts to censorship.

The line-up so far includes:

  • Blavity Editor in Chief Lilly Workneh guiding a conversation with acclaimed writer Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, including a performance by singer-songwriter Ella Mai.
  • Writer and art critic Antwaun Sargent in discussion with Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by a performance by musician and playwright Cyrus Aaron.
  • The Metropolitian Museum of Art’s Kimberly Drew in discussion with host Mykki Blanco (rapper and performing artist) followed by a performance featuring singer-songwriter Bosco.

Speakeasy 451 takes place in Brooklyn May 16 to 18. Fahrenheit 451 premieres on Saturday, May 19 on HBO.

Follow the conversation at #Speakeasy451.