Black History Month has been celebrated in the United Kingdom for over 30 years now. Why is Black History Month (BHM) celebrated you ask? We celebrate BHM to promote the achievements and show our gratitude to the Black communities across the United Kingdom.
To commend and remember the lives of our fellow Black Britons, several events will be running this year and we’re gonna tell you a few to look at.
Generation Success BAME Leadership Conference
BAME Leadership Conference aims to connect industry with future talent. At the same time, we want to continue the conversation and the momentum created by the death of George Floyd by equipping those in industry with the tools to move the dial to Equality.
Events That Have Already Happened
Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories
The Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories is an art and sound installation made by the artist EVEWRIGHT and is located at the Port of Tilbury in Essex and pays tribute to the Windrush Generation. The Windrush Generation is a generation of those from the West Indies and the Caribbean who arrived to the UK around the 1950s to 1971.
The art installations includes 432 glass panes consisting of photos, documents, passenger tickets from the time and more memorabilia. In addition, there is a 160 minute listening time whilst looking at the art pieces – you can fully enjoy the art experience whilst learning about the importance of the communities involved in the Windrush era.
The event opened on the 19th-20th September. If you are sad about missing it, don’t worry! As the outdoor installation runs until Spring 2021.
You can find out more at: https://www.evewrightarts.org/tilbury-walkway
A Young Identity Poetry Workshop
This was a live online event on the 1st October 2020. This workshop consisted of 2 members of the Young Identity organisation, Ella Otomewo and SAF-S2E, engaging with young BAME individuals aged around 15-25 years old, discussing the identities of Black British and what exactly does the word ‘home’ mean to them.
To find out more from the organisation behind the workshop, check out their website: https://homemcr.org/
Events Running Right now
Art and heritage organisation, Serendipity, has laughed the Resilience Exhibition to collect a new artwork from artists based in the United Kingdom and Europe, containing different forms of art, such as photography, film and even manga. The exhibition includes pieces from artists like Ade Coker, Stephen Anthony Davids, Patricia Vester and more.
The art experience runs from 1st October – 31st October, from 12-5pm.
Real Photography Company – Black History Month 2020
If you are currently in Bristol, you can check out The Pioneers Exhibition at the St Pauls Learning Centre. This photography exhibition consist of generations of Black British communities all across the United Kingdom. The photographer, Garfield McKenzie, captures these spirited individuals, paying respect and admiration to their hard work and contributions.
The exhibition is running all through out October to December 2021.
You can check out more at: http://www.geephotography.co.uk/
The Black Mirror: Representations of race in the horror film
If you love horror films like Get Out and Us, you would love this event catering to the representation of Black people in horror films.
There has been a lack of representation of Black actors/actress/filmmakers in the horror film genre and usually when there is, “we are always the ones that die first” 🙁
Podcaster Esther Lisk-Carew will be speaking to writers/critics and film programmers Adam Murray and Liz Chege, exploring the history of Black Horror and the depiction of Black people in Horror films.
You can join the discussion on the 29th October, at 6pm at https://homemcr.org/checkout/?pid=402399
Black History Month Event
You can join the Zoom meeting this Friday (16th October 2020) from 7pm -10pm hosted by St John the Evangelist, who will be exploring the life and experiences of Black Britons over the years.
Black History Month Celebration
Hosted by the Parish of Herne Hill of Saint Paul’s Church, you can enjoy an evening, from 7pm – 10pm, celebrating BHM through music and the arts.
like… HOME Sound Sessions (ongoing)
The Black Books Webinar (18 October 2020, from 4 – 8pm)
Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging with author Tessa McWatt (19 October 2020. from 7 – 8 pm)
Black History Walk of Islington (24 October 2020)
Tate Modern Exhibition of activist Zanele Muholi (5 November 2020 – 7 March 2021)