Events to visit for Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated from the 1st October to the 31st October in the UK. Here at xRhythms we know how important it is to educate ourselves on Black History and to recognise that positive changes are progressing, but that doesn’t mean an end result has been reached in terms of equality.
Black History Month also allows us to appreciate work by Black artists in different industries and to explore new talent that we have yet to discover. Education and celebration can be more effective and fun if you visit events and truly immerse yourself in the history and the culture that you are learning about.
I’ve compiled ten events that I think sound truly amazing to give recognition and priority to Black History Month.
- Black History River Cruise in London. A three hour long cruise along the River Thames revealing thousands of years of hidden African history.
- Comedy Shutdown Black History Month Special in Wolverhampton. Amazing Comedy shows from people of Black Origin.
- Freedom - The Black History Experience in Birmingham. An evening of dancers, poets and musicians celebrating Black empowerment.
- Slavery and Manchester FREE expert tour with Ed Glinert for Black History Month in Manchester. A tour highlighting Manchester’s connections to the slave trade and anti-slavery activism.
- Poetry Night with Rheima Robinson & Taiwo Ogunyinka in Bradford. Spoken word and poetry evening to celebrate National Poetry Day and Black History Month.
- Breaking the Silence on the Slave Trade in Liverpool. An immersive theatre experience fictionalising a meeting between members of the British abolitionist movement.
- Honour, Remember, Inspire in London. An exhibition featuring British and International Black artists showcasing their contribution to the art world.
- Black History Month film season in Staffordshire Libraries. Animated films and audio dramas with the intention to promote ‘Know the past, shape the future’.
- African and Carribean food, arts and craft celebration in Leeds. Promoting intercultural respect and challenging prejudices through activity and real life story telling.
- If you’re not comfortable with leaving the house yet, that’s fine. You can celebrate Black History Month from home too with online discussions, workshops and theatre performances.
By choosing a range of events from different areas, I hope to make Black History Month accessible for everyone. Opening your mind to new education regarding this subject can allow you to prevent the prejudices of others and create a future more loving than the past has been.