A guide to Black History Month Events UK this year
Black History Month UK 2015 is being celebrated with a wide range of events in London and around the country, here are some highlights. Learn about Black presence in the UK with events highlighting historical moments, the achievements within the Black community and cultural celebrations.
This listing is just a selection, there are events being held in museums, galleries and heritage sites hosting exhibitions, lectures, performances and workshops. For all Black History Month Events UK 2015 check the links for full listings and programmes.
Black History Month Tudor trail
1 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER 2015
Venue: Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge Rangers Road Chingford, E4 7QH
During opening hours at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, follow our trail of snippets about black Tudors. Admission Free
Birmingham Black History Month Launch
2ND OCTOBER 2015
The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council present Black History Month 2015 a month long event to celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage.
Exploring Archives: Black Ephemera
3RD OCTOBER 2015
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute
This is an opportunity to learn about several UK collections and archives including the Bernie Grant Archive at Bishopsgate Institute and the Black Cultural Archives. By exploring newspapers, magazines, postcards, hand bills and pamphlets, a range of speakers will cover different historical perspectives and the role of ephemera in promoting political activity, grass roots activism and cultural heritage. There will also be the chance to view items from the Bernie Grant Archive for an hour before and after the event in Bishopsgate Library.
Black Poppies for black women
8TH OCTOBER 2015
Venue: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1
Historian Stephen Bourne talks about some of the women in his book Black Poppies: Britain’s black community and the Great War, such as the composer Amanda Ira Aldridge and the music hall star Mabel Mercer. Time: 6pm to 8pm
Africa on the Square
SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2015 – 12pm-6pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Black History Month Events in LondonEntry: FREE
Celebrating Black History Month
SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015
Venue: St Edmund’s Halls (Ryan Hall), 216 Chingford Mount Road (junction with Larkswood Road), South Chingford, London E4 8JL
An opportunity to celebrate Black History Month through readings, storytelling, food, dance and music.
Just Be Black History Buffet Dinner & Dance
SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015
Venue: Croydon Park Hotel Croydon CR9 5AA
The 6th Annual Black History Buffet Dinner and Dance on Saturday 10 October 2015
When I Came to England
When I Came to England: An Oral History of Life in 1950s and 1960s Britain – Illustrated
Tuesday 13 October, 2pm to 4pm Carnegie Library When I Came to England is a uniquely honest and compelling anthology of reminiscence about life in Britain during the 1950s and ‘60s for Caribbean migrants. Collected and edited by Z. Nia Reynolds, the stories cover the spectrum of human emotions and are tragic, funny, honest and frank. Join Nia and Dulwich District U3A for an afternoon of reminiscing, a bit of music, tea and cake
Shivi Ramoutar: Contemporary Caribbean Cooking
TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2015 – 5pm
Venue: Highfields Library
Shivi was born in Trinidad to culturally diverse parents and brought up between there, the heady heights of New York, the grassy fields of the English countryside and the eclectic buzz of London. It has meant that her first love, Caribbean food, has also been taken on a journey, still ongoing. With the help of her adventures, Shivi has made it her culinary mission to twist these classic Caribbean dishes and ingredients from her childhood into her own vibrant, fresh and easy-to-make delights. Her first cookbook, Caribbean Modern: Recipes from the Rum Islands, published by Headline is available to borrow in Leicester Libraries. Free, book your place through Highfields Library
LEGEND – The Bob Marley Experience
THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER
Venue: Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton N18 1PJ
One of reggae music’s most beloved artists, the late, great Bob Marley, once famously played Edmonton in 1971. Join us at Millfield Theatre as we remember the brilliant and evocative music Bob Marley gave the world; music that stretches back over nearly two decades and still remains timeless and universal. LEGEND are seven great musicians and singers dedicated to his life and music.
Black History Month Quiz
SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2015 2.30PM to 3.30PM
Venue: Forest Hill Library Dartmouth Road SE23 3HZ
Quiz night part of the Lewisham Black History Month Events 2015 programme of events.
Leicester Windrush Documentary Premiere ft. Chris Goldfinger
SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER 6.30pm – late
Venue: African Caribbean Centre
Leicester Black History Month Event to hear the story of some of the pioneers that created Leicester’s Caribbean Community. This black tie event includes a documentary viewing, exhibition, complimentary meal, booklet, debate and awards evening for the few that inspired many. Hosted by Bizzi Dixon from BBC One’s The Voice UK. Tickets: £5 on the door