Birmingham celebrates Black History Month
Venues across Birmingham are holding a wide range of events throughout October to celebrate Black History Month 2009.
B-Strong exhibition at the Drum
Black History Month is a celebration of Caribbean, Asian and African cultures and their contribution to British society.
A host of venues across Birmingham are holding a wide range of events throughout October including storytelling sessions, theatre productions, films, exhibitions and more… Here are a few highlights
Birmingham Dub poet Moqapi Selassie
Black History month at the Drum
VENUE: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
DATE: Throughout October 2009
The Drum in Aston has a special programme of events throughout October to celebrate Black History Month 2009.
This year the community venue has a special programme of events entitled BirminStrong which includes a specially commissioned exhibition called B-Strong that captures the essence of Birmingham based artists through a series of photographic portraits.
Sonic dub 80s rock artist Mad Professor will be making his first appearance at the Drum as part of the BirminStrong programme, other highlights include a spoken word event featuring local poet Moqapi Selassie.
Visit the Drum website for more information and a full programme of events
Black History Month in Birmingham's libraries
VENUE: Libraries across the city
DATE: Throughout October 2009
Throughout the month of October Birmingham’s libraries are hosting a whole range of talks, workshops and activities to celebrate Black History Month.
Visit the Birmingham Libraries website to find out what’s happening at your local library.
Jamaican Memory Lane (Inna Di Parlor)
VENUE: Birmingham Back to Backs, 50-54 Inge Street/55-63 Hurst Street, Birmingham,B5 4TE
DATE: Sat 17 Oct @ 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
ADMISSION: Visit the National Trust website for full details of admission prices
Tek a walk down memory lane at the Back to Back houses and enjoy an inspiring, family friendly workshop for all with International Jamaican poet, Yasus Afari. The local poet will be sharing language, proverbs and traditions from ‘yard’. Visitors can reminisce on those sayings heard as a child and use as an adult in a Back to Back parlour setting. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Read more about the National Trust Whose story project
The Birmingham Black International Film festival 2009
VENUE: Various locations across the city
DATE: 26 - 31 October 2009
The Birmingham Black International Film Festival is back for a third year with an eclectic mix of film, music, ‘live’ arts, seminars and master classes, celebrating the growth and development of black film and entertainment in the region.
The festival ends with the prestigious Music, Video and Screen Awards [MVSA] to complete what is set to be another exciting period in Birmingham’s social events calendar
Visit the website for more information and a full list of events
Black History Month across the BBC
Take a look at an exciting schedule of programming across the BBC for Black History Month.
BHM on BBC Radio 7 : Radio 7 has compiled a selection of programmes from the archives which focus on black histories and stories.
BHM on BBC 1Xtra: Find out how 1Xtra is celebrating black history throughout the month of October.
BHM on BBC Local Radio – make sure you check out the UK Black podcasts with Kwame Kwei Armah for highlights from African and Caribbean programmes across BBC Local Radio. Podcasts are updated every Tuesday.
For a full list of BHM events happening across Birmingham visit the Birmingham Black History website.
last updated: 20/10/2009 at 11:34