October is upon us and a multitude of events, activities and exhibitions are planned to celebrate Black History Month in London. We recommend you also check your local library and council – there are all sorts of happenings from the very, very small to the epic. UK listings are here but it’s quite difficult to pull out local events from the site. We’ve picked a few highlights but please let us know of other great stuff that we’ve missed.
It’s a stellar start with Black History Live this weekend at Wembley Stadium with performancesfrom the likes of the London Community Gospel Choir, Levi Roots and Rachel Kerr plus dance from ZooNation and African drumming and dance from ADANTA. There’s also a full programme of seminars and workshops, not to mention bookshop, kids zone and lots of food. Tickets £6 per day, under 14s free.
London Transport Museum joins in tomorrow, Saturday 1 October, with World in Motion – a day of family friendly activities to mark Black History Month.
There’s a mass ‘sing out’ at the Horniman Museum on Saturday afternoon from 3.30pm.
Fabulous Lewisham poet and all round local legent, Janett Plummer runs the Peckham Poetry SLAM at Peckham Library on Saturday 8 October from 7-9pm. It’s free to go along and watch and it’s also free to enter and open to anyone over 16 – just apply in advance and turn up by 6.15 on the night.
Rich Mix hosts a Black History Film festival on Saturday 9 October including a dedicated exhibition, a theatre show, live music, spoken word, workshops, film, debate, children’s activities and market stalls from midday till late. Admission a fiver.
DocHouse Thursdays show cutting-edge international documentaries. This month’s three screenings explore Africa’s past, present and future, from unlikely trade relations between China and Zambia, to Somalian pirates and a forgotten period of British music and social history. At Riverside Studios Hammersmith, Kilburn’s Tricycle and Rich Mix.
Lambeth Libraries have a programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, gigs and discussions throughout the month.
You can still visit the Broadwater Farm exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey as well as hear jazz in Hornsey Library and watch film in Wood Green Library.
Islington presents a Black History Film Festival at Kings Place with Traces of the Trade, LGBT shorts and Viva Riva at Kings Place. They’re also putting on a closing event celebrating the creative legacy of the Keskidee Centre, Caledonian Road on 27 October with a free party between 7-9pm.
Westminster invite you to watch Carnival the Musical at the Tabernacle, W10.
Let us know in the comments what we’ve missed