You want to celebrate Black History Month with your friends and family, but you have absolutely no idea on where to go. Not to worry, we have summoned our team to dig out awesome,educational, exciting and entertaining events for you, your friends and family to attend
1- Contemporary African Art Fair
The third London edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, which will be held across 15-18 October 2015, having returned from a successful New York debut earlier this year. It is 1:54’s biggest showcase yet with 38 exhibitors presenting over 150 African and African diaspora artists. Exhibitors hail from a multitude of geographies including South Africa, Morocco, Angola, Tunisia, Benin, Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Thursday 15 October: 12-8pm
Friday 16 October: 12-8pm
Saturday 17 October: 12-8pm
Sunday 18 October: 12-6pm
Tickets are available on-line (http://bit.ly/1Kdwj2g) and at the door, check out forum program at http://1-54.com/london/forum/
Location: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA, London
AfroFutures_UK is a weekend event celebrating the intersection of futurism and the Black experience. Featuring artists, academics, and activists.
When: 10th of October 2015
Location: 36-40 Edge Street, M4 IHN Manchester, United Kingdom
3- Africa on the Square
Trafalgar Square will come alive with music, dance, fashion, food, a market and more. There’ll be fun stuff for families too – like hair-braiding, batik and mosaic making. Highlights include a talent show for young performers, live music from across Africa and DJ Abrantree on the decks. The live music and entertainment includes performances by Afla Sackey and Afrik Bawantu (Ghana), Saidi Kanda and Mvula Mandondo (Tanzania), Krar Collective (Ethiopia), Tony Dudu and the Gumbe Jazz (Guinea Bissau) and also Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby (Senegal). African Fashion Week London will be presenting a live catwalk show. And, you’ll be able to pick up African arts and crafts at the market and delicious food. Africa on the Square is organised by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2015.
Location:Trafalgar Square, London
When:Saturday 10 October, from 12pm-6pm.
4- Siana Bangura Black History Month Tour
Siana Bangura wears many hats. She is a prolific blogger, writer, freelance journalist, public speaker and all round creative sort hailing from South East London via Freetown Sierra Leone. Always with her fingers (and fiercely manicured talons) in many pies, the next project is never too far away. Having read History at the University of Cambridge, she graduated in 2013 and went on to foundNo Fly on the WALL, an Intersectional Feminist blog, centring the voices of Black British women and Black women living in the UK. In October 2014, Siana was assistant producer for one woman show, Fierce, by Kathryn Griffiths, which hit the stage at Camden People’s Theatre to much critical acclaim. She is also a spoken word performer and public speaker and in 2015, Siana was the in-house poet and presenter for Versified Life, a short-lived socially conscious online spoken word series. She also recently became a semi-finalist of the 2015 Roundhouse Poetry Slam. Siana has performed on stages and at events in the UK and in Germany, including The Roundhouse; Poetry Meets Art at Passing Clouds; Underbelly; and festivals such as ClitRock, Fem Solidarity Fest, and Matchwomen; as well as other notable events, including the launch of the Ain’t I A Woman Collective and the opening of the Black British Girlhood exhibition. She performed at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in April 2015 as part of their inaugural Women in International Leadership conference.Go on (www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/speakers-1/2015/9/18/siana-bangura) to read more about the fierce Queen.
5- Akala at the Stretch
Akala will be coming down to Goldsmiths to deliver a talk on Hip-Hop and Shakespeare, and decolonising our curriculums. Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian ‘Akala’ is a label owner and social entrepreneur who fuses unique rap/rock/electro-punk sound with fierce lyrical storytelling.
When &Time: 19th of October, at 8.00pm
Location- Goldsmiths University , Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tickets: £5 for Goldsmiths students, £8 for non-Goldsmiths. Buy your ticket from the Goldsmiths SU Welcome Desk or on the door on the night.
6- Is Africa Rising: a personal perspective from Winnie Byanayima
Born in Uganda, Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of Oxfam International. She has been a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building, spanning the diplomatic, multilateral, legislative and civil society arenas. She founded Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development. In this public lecture, Winnie will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda, and discuss the true nature of Africa’s growth story and how we must tackle crisis of inequality in Africa.
This event is free to all, with no tickets required. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date: Monday 12 October 2015
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE Department of International Development, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE London, United Kingdom
7- Slavery In Britain
The history of British slavery, although superficially acknowledged from time to time, has been largely concealed. Indeed, few acts of political and historical forgetting could be described as thorough or as effective as the erasure of slavery from the “British story”. The compensation of Britain’s 46,000 slave-owners was the largest bailout in British history until the bailout of the banks in 2009. Not only did the enslaved receive nothing, but they effectively paid part of the bill for their own manumission. “Legacies of British Slave-ownership” is the umbrella for two unprecedented projects based at University College London (UCL) tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain. At the same time, questions are raised surrounding the enslaved themselves, their stories, and their legacies. As the project notes, the role played by the British crown, state, families and individuals in the slave trade, slave-ownership and the wider slavery business has been largely written out of British history. Rather, British involvement in slavery is most commonly viewed through the lens of the abolitions of the slave trade (1807) and slavery (1834). Thus the wealth, social standing and political clout gained by involvement in the slavery business has been greatly underestimated. This research is part of the wider work being done by many others to rebalance the British national narrative, by reinserting slavery and its legacies into it. Kristy Warren, a research associate at the project, will deliver a talk on the process of the project itself and its significance, its continuation into the next phase, its engagement with young people through outreach work in Hackney, and the political and historical significance of British colonial slavery, uncovering a scale and depth which has not been fully appreciated until now.
When: 23 October, at 17:00–19:00
Location: Room: DLT, SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom
The talk is free but registration is required and capacity is limited. Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/legacies-of-slavery-in-britain-tickets-18247642189. Please do note, however, that the talk will be recorded and posted online.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a multi award-winning film about a little boy with super speed who has to fight a wicked sorceress called Karaba. Karaba has cast a terrible spell; the spring has dried up and the men of the village have mysteriously disappeared. Kirikou must go on a fantastic voyage to find the Wise Man on the Forbidden Mountain, who may help him save his people and solve the mystery
When: 24 October, at 12:00
Location: The Phoenix Cinema
52 High Road, N2 9PJ London, United Kingdom
Tickets Available: www.phoenix.co.uk
9- Somali week Festival for Kids: A space for Children
A fun, interactive and educational session for accompanied 5-13 year olds. Zaynab Dahir, a Somali storyteller, entertainer and educator will lead the activities which will include Somali story-telling, face-painting, arts and crafts, clowns and more! Zaynab is an activist and promoter of the Somali language among Somali children raised in the UK.
When: 31 October, at 14:00–16:00
Derbyshire Street, E2 6HG London, United Kingdom
10- 3rd AFRUCA Summit on African Children and Families in the South of England 2015
This year’s Summit on African Children and Families is a follow up to the very successful events held in October 2013 and October 2014. It aims to explore key safeguarding issues and challenges faced by children of Black and African origin across England with a view to generating ideas and solutions to help combat the problems. This event aims to empower young people, their parents and the community to take ownership of the myriad of challenges confronting them to be able to ensure better safeguarding and protection for children.
For more information and how to register please click the following link :https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3rd-afruca-summit-on-african-children-and-families-in-the-south-of-england-2015-registration-17187837284
When: 10th of October, 2015
Location: Kensington Aldridge Academy, 1 Silchester Road, W10 6EX London, United Kingdom
We are not makers of history, we are made by history- Martin Luther King