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For Black History Month 2019 Editions Lifestyle Black History Matters  list just some of the wonderful array of activities and events. There’s more than enough around to fill any diary, whatever your preference:



Africa: Did You Know? A Hip-Hop Musical.  Music4Causes is a hip-hop musical theatre featuring rapper Kimba. Followed by Q&A + MINI AFRICAN FAIR
Friday Oct 25, 6-9pm £10 on the day for adults, under-18s Free

Harrow Civic Centre Station Road Harrow HA1 2XY


‘Lest We Forget’ is a brand new Art Council funded play about a Black British soldier who falls in love with a white woman during World War One.

Performing over the Remembrance Day weekend from 8th – 10th Nov, 7.30pm each night with a 2.30pm matinee on 9th at Greenwich Theatre Studio, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES.





To celebrate Black History Month, Barclays  is hosting a series of events featuring individuals from an Afro-Caribbean backgrounds to share their inspirational stories, their tribulations, and their drivers.

The first event kicks off with the Black Business Playground on the Thursday 24th of October. This is an opportunity to break down barriers, gain honest advise and discover some secrets to success.

24th  October 2019, 17:30 – 21:00, Barclays Eagle Labs, 81 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 4AT.


Abigail’s Exhibition 17th – 26th October, 3 Colt Gallery (half term exhibition)

82 Three Colt Street London E14 8AP

Café suitable for children



A great day out for all the family!


The BCA at 1 Windrush Square SW2 1EF  have a good selection of events this Black History Month, suitable for all the family see list below:
Saturday 12th October from 12 – 6pm Pan African Book Sale presented by the Friends of the BCA


Black Cultural Archives Film Festival | Bino and Fino / Jemima + Johnny

Join us for the Family Day of the Black Cultural Archives Film Festival where we’ll screen Lionel Ngakane’s award winning short film Jemima + Johnny, as well as 3 episodes of Bino and Fino followed by a meet and greet with the characters behind the animation. TICKETED EVENT NB: THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT THE GENESIS CINEMA.

Run your own business with celebrity Barber, Mark Maciver

Celebrity Barber Mark Maciver hosts a workshop for young people interested in starting their own businesses. A self-taught barber cutting hair professionally for over fifteen years, his clients include Lebron James, Anthony Joshua, Stormzy and Tinie Tempah. This event is for young people 14+ TICKETED EVENT

October Half Term | Look Up! Drawing and Storytelling Workshop

Join Author Nathan Bryon and Illustrator Dapo Adeola, the illustrator of Look Up!, for an out-of-this-world event! TICKETED EVENT

Black Futures Month | Feast in the Archives

Join us for an afternoon of culinary delights. We’ll be delving deep into the archives as well as enjoying a myriad of entertainment, history and community. TICKETED EVENT

Black Cultural Archives Film Festival | BCA presents HERO

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) invites you to a screening of the incredible film HERO inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidadian war veteran, Ulric Cross. TICKETED EVENT

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Portrait of a Generation now until January 2020 – Fairfield Halls Park Lane Croydon CR9 1DG


Honouring Dr Walter Rodney’s Legacy at the V&A 50 years on…
In 1969, Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications (BLP) – the radical London-based publishing company, which operated at a time when books by Black authors or written with a sympathetic view of Black history and culture were rare in UK mainstream bookshops – published the revolutionary and influential title, The Groundings with My Brothers, by activist scholar, Dr Walter Rodney. Guyanese-born activists, Jessica and Eric Huntley, BLP co-founders and Ealing residents since the 1950s, went on to publish seminal, academic and award winning publications including,  Rodney’s titular, How Europe Undeveloped Africa (1972). The Huntleys originally named their Ealing bookshop “Bogle-L’Ouverture” , and later, after Rodney’s brutal assassination in 1980 renamed  “the beacon in West London,” The Walter Rodney Bookshop” – a place of community activism, innovation and educational creativity. (Photo: Walter Rodney at 141 Coldershaw Road c. 1960s)
Today, we honour Rodney’s legacy…Newly established in memory of Jessica Huntley, who died in 2013, the first Annual Huntley Memorial Lecture, will be inaugurated at the V&A Museum on 18th October, with a focus on the legacy of Walter Rodney. Introduced by Dr Adam Elliott-Cooperauthor of Our Life is a Struggle: Gender, Respectability and Black Resistance,  Professor Patricia Daley of Oxford University, will deliver the first annual lecture where she will reflect on Rodney’s contributions to the political and historical intersectionality of the underdevelopment of Africa.

Friday 18 October: 19:00 to 21:00 V&A Museum

Doors open at 18:30 (unreserved seating).

Tickets £18.00. Early booking is advisable as seats are limited. Further information and ticket bookings  here on the V&A website.

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‘Hidden Figures’ Black History Month film viewing. ICAEW ( Institute of Chartered Accountants ) celebrate Black History Month for the first time and invite you to join them for an evening of canapes and networking and to watch the film. The event is free but guests must be registered.

Date: 15th October at 5.30-9pm at Chartered Accountants Hall, Moorgate Place, EC2R 6EA

To register contact: events@icaew.com

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Historical and Hidden Caribbean – A View of Life Though Art and Design at the V&A

Examine the hidden narratives of a Caribbean past. Scrutinise the V&A collection across significant tours that examine and appreciate the distinct narratives of a Caribbean past.
15.00 – 16.00
Sunday, 6 October 2019
Sunday, 3 November 2019
Sunday, 1 December 2019
Meeting Point, The Grand Entrance at the V&A


The Equiano Society’s Touring Exhibition – From 16th – 31st October at Lewisham Village, Unit 3, Lewisham Retail Park Loampit Vale, London, SE13 7SN

Further information of significant historical interest has been uncovered about this pioneering campaigner. Watch some preliminary clips here.  Recommended for all Black history fans, children welcome.



The Krios of Sierra Leone
Museum of London Docklands

A new display at the Museum of London Docklands will explore the unique and largely untold history, heritage and culture of the Krio people of Sierra Leone.
27th September 2019 – 27 Sep 2020 at Museum of London Docklands,  No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay,  London E14 4AL


Hackney’s Got Style! Celebrating the History and Impact of African and Caribbean Fashion and Hair – Hackney Museum

1 October 2019 – 11 January 2020



In the 1970’s teenagers of Caribbean descent  declared themselves ‘Black-British.’  Artist Lorna Holder began to take fashion seriously at this time and documented some of the styles that were popular in certain sectors of the community. An iconic and unmistakeable look.  Find out more about her career in the fashion industry alongside contributors to her book  – Style In My DNA.

Guests are invited to view the  Hackney’s Got Style exhibition and then attend the talk.

Very popular with fashionistas and a great trip down memory lane!

24th  October 7.30pm – 9.30pm 


Black History Month Workshops for children at Sutton House – A National Trust Activity

1 hour long sessions exploring objects, source materials and clues the children are encouraged to bring out the historian within and piece together information about important Black people in history in a grand Tudor setting. Workshops can be  tailored to either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
Contact danielle.handley@nationaltrust.org.uk for further information or to make a booking.



Art Not Aid

The Britain-Nigeria Educational Trust promoting Nigerian art for educational projects in Nigeria.

Art not Aid – Nigerian Artists Supporting Education are holding  a charity auction showcasing the dynamic work of contemporary Nigerian artists, including Nelson Okoh, Christopher Ankeli and Damola Adepoju, to raise funds for educational projects in Nigeria.
The auction sponsored by  Mocoh Oil, Alhaji Hassan Tukur and Tarkett Desso supporting Art Not Aid Projects will take place in London on 9th October however the works of  contemporary Nigerian artists can be seen year round at Chuck Gallery Manchester. Well worth a view! 
Visit http://www.chuckgallery.com


Farming.  Film –  In cinemas nationwide  from 11th October 2019.  Directed and written by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje this award winning film tells the story of a Nigerian teenage boy raised from birth by white working class parents in Tilbury South East London.

Excellent screenplay, gripping, as the director’s narrative is actually based on his own life experiences. A multi-faceted story dealing with race, mental health, self-esteem and identity. Adult themes rated 18.
Courtesy Lionsgate


Fun for 5 –  6 year olds.

Black Heroes Foundation have organised a series of fun packed adventure and a show celebrating the contributions Black heroes from Wandsworth have made to the community. A multi-media exhibition celebrating contributions made by the Black British community.
From 11- 2pm on Friday 1st, 8th & 15th November.
Contact: Louise@blackheroesfoundation.org for further information.