This year marks the 31st anniversary of Black History Month. From 1 – 31 October 2018 London is celebrating its diverse communities recognising the struggles and achievements of BAME people in the capital.

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. It was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council.

 

London will host a series of talks, exhibitions, performances and screenings to reflect on the contribution of black people to the city’s history next month.

 

Here are our highlights:

 

  1. Art +Revolution in Haiti

ART + REVOLUTION IN HAITI will open with an ensemble of period drawings, paintings, sculptures and films at The Gallery of Everything on Chiltern Street. Centred around an assembly of early cut-outs by the sculptor and metal-worker.

The immersive exhibition develop through three different venues, to recall the period in 1945 when Surrealism spread across a former slave colony.

23 Sep 2018 — 11 Nov 2018

 

  1. The Black History Month Comedy Show 2018

Hosted by Britain’s top comedy duo Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee with an all-star line-up of the UK’s top comedians and performers,

laughter is guaranteed.

A great family night out. This event sells out fast every year, so hurry and buy your tickets now!

19 Oct 2018

 

  1. North London BHM Premiere: African History of Sport

At least five thousand years ago, ancient African civilisations in KMT/Egypt, Nubia/Sudan, Ethiopia and Nile Valley East African kingdoms, invented a ‘Grand Philosophy’ which they called several names, including Sewetwet and Sedjay Her.

For the peoples of the Nile, “Sewetwet” or “Sedjay Her”, was the ultimate union of brain, brawn and spirit. They used it for pleasure, leisure, Warcraft or military training, governance and foreign policy; and treated it on par with intellectual fields like: Religion, law, medicine, natural sciences, and Art. And certainly, a combination of all of the above.

These activities have become known and popularly practiced as Sport.

Today, few education systems in the world; if any, treat sport as a product of thought; for example, the British National Curriculum introduces sport to children, as physical education, or PE. Ironically, sport involves all intellectual properties or characteristics; but has never been treated respectfully by any ‘modern’ education system. Why is this?!!

This film revisits scenes of ancient glory.

Black History Studies in association with the Institute of Black Culture, Media and Sport present the North London Premiere of the ‘African History of Sport’ documentary. Not to be missed!

30 Oct 2018

 

  1. Jamaican Folk Songs: Black History Month

The Dulwich Music Festival presents a free recital for Black History Month, funded by Southwark Council. South London-based musicians Adwoa Dickson and Lorraine Liyanage perform a recital of Jamaican Folk Songs in Dulwich Village.

Jamaica has a rich musical heritage spanning a diversity of styles and forms. Throughout the island’s modern history, music has played a significant role in the social, political and economic life of its people. Adwoa’s recital for Black History Month draws from the wealth of Jamaica’s folk music – the music of the Jamaican people which, with its colourful range of forms, reflects the way of life of individuals or entire communities.

There are songs for work and songs for play; songs of upliftment and hope, and songs of derision and despair; songs which tell of small happenings in remote villages and songs which give epic accounts of significant happenings in the island’s history. In all these, the Jamaican folk song gives voice to the heart, soul and experience of the Jamaican people.

Adwoa is a solo performer of classical and Caribbean music and was recently a part of an ensemble formed by Voquality who performed the vocals for Black Panther the latest Marvel superhero film released earlier in 2018.

27 Oct 2018

 

  1. British-Barbadian Nursing Revolution

Discover a stirring new exhibition about the ‘pioneers’ of British migration that challenges mainstream understandings. Worlds away from grainy black and white footage of their arrival at British railway stations or ports, this exhibition focuses on one of the earliest pioneering professional groupings among the ‘huddled masses’: the Bajan nurse (nurses from Barbados). Celebrating 70 years of the NHS, the exhibition reveals individual stories of remarkable achievements, struggle, and leadership in global health, from famous world figures, to the unsung midwives who helped to deliver Britain’s post-war baby boom.

28 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018

 

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