Britain’s biggest celebration of African and Caribbean communities is now in its 30th year – and there’s nowhere better to mark the occasion than in London. Here are ten events that we like the sound of.
1) Africa on the Square
When: 14 October
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN
Returning to the iconic location for the fourth time, this free, day-long festival of African music, food and traditions will feature everything from Ghanaian Afrobeat group Yaaba Funk, to foods representing communities across the continent, including plantains and sugarcane juice. There will also be football kicks and free drumming workshops.
2) The Historical and Hidden Caribbean tours
When: Until 15 October
Where: The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Take a tour across six galleries, eight objects and 300 years of fascinating hidden histories that shaped the Caribbean today.
3) Black Privilege: The Other Side, hosted by Colin Grant
When: 13 and 18 October
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
Black British writers Afua Hirsch, Salena Godden, Chrystal Genesis, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Raymond Antrobus, Jay Bernard and Rachel Chinouriri join author Colin Grant for these two literary evenings which will explore the stories they choose to tell.
4) Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
When: Until 22 October
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history.
5) Black SuperSheroes Exhibition
When: October 25
Where: Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP
With Halle Berry being the last black (and only) actress to play a leading role as a superhero character in a film – Catwoman, 2004 – this event explores the lack and missed opportunities of black women playing leading roles as superheroes through contemporary, colourful and positive illustrations and raises the question why?
6) The Amazing History of Black People in London before 1948
When: 29 October
Where: St Ann’s Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, N15 5PU
Part of the London Borough of Haringey’s Black History Month programme, this fascinating presentation by Black History Studies focuses on the hidden history of London and the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean descent in the areas of literature, politics, music and health and welfare before 1948.
7) Once we came to a new home
When: Until 30 October
Where: Idea Store Chrisp Street, 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, E14 6BT
Photographer Cinzia D'Ambrosi presents photographs from ‘Once we came to a new Home’, an Oral History Archive photography and audio project to preserve, celebrate and promote the history of migration and settlement of the Afro-Caribbean communities in White City.
8) The Voice exhibition – Telling black stories
When: Until 31 October
Where: City Hall, the Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA
Visit the City Hall for a free photo exhibition which journeys through the pages of Britain’s first black newspaper, the Voice, as it covers the stories of African and Caribbean Londoners – marking key moments in the capital’s history along the way.
9) African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 – 1815
When: Until 23 December 2017
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Join the museum’s guides and share in their passion and pride as they reveal the extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries.
10) Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain
Long before the Empire Windrush in 1948, there were women of African descent in Britain – black women were here during the construction of Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Britain! This online exhibition, based on Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain, exhibited in 2014 at the Black Cultural Archives, SW2, offers a fascinating insight into some of these women.
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