As the UK’s annual Black History Month emerges once again in celebration and recognition of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities, we’ve rounded up our pick of the most inspiring and informative events taking place around the capital…
INALA at The Royal Albert Hall
What? South Kensington’s Royal Albert Hall will play host to a western and South African-inspired song and dance spectacular with an exclusive performance celebrating both Black History Month and World Ballet Day (23rd October). Performed by Grammy Award-winning South African gospel group the Soweto Gospel Choir and dancers from London’s The Royal Ballet, INALA promises to entrance and enthral, following an impressive Royal Variety performance and sold-out West End and international tours.
Where? The Royal Albert Hall
When? 23 October, 7.30pm
Nearness by Bianca Saunders
Trailblazing menswear designer Bianca Saunders will be hosting a creativity-inspired pop-up titled Nearness, an exhibition of wonderful works from artists, photographers, designers and black creatives (Rochelle White, Akinola David Jr, Caleb Femi, Jazz Grant), specially curated to concur with Black History Month. See an array of inspiring artistry up close as well as Saunders’ and Ronan McKenzie’s latest SS20 campaign. While you’re there, delight in all the cultural goings-on Brixton village has to offer, from indulging in cocktails and tapas at Seven at Brixton to browsing the beautiful flower shops and vintage stores.
Where? Brixton Village
When? 24 – 26 October
Jeffrey Boakye & Nels Abbey in Conversation
What? Performing as part of the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, acclaimed authors and culture writers Jeffrey Boakye (Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime) and Nels Abbey (Think Like a White Man) will come together for an entertaining and insightful discussion about all things contemporary culture in Britain.
Where? Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
When? 24 October, 7.30pm
Black Girl Fest
What? It’s the UK’s first ever festival to solely commemorate black British women and girls, and this year the festivities commence with a fantastic line-up of exhibitions, talks, live performances and more. From discussions about decolonising gender to black women within the modelling industry, there will be plenty of thought-provoking and insightful material to take away. The theme for 2019? Taking up space.
Where? Business Design Centre
When? 12 October, 10am
What? An evening of inspiring live music and literature performed by influential ‘woman’ of colour (a term used by the platform to encompass non-binary identities and inclusivity), Heaux Noire will feature sincere and stirring performances from the likes of London-based soul singer Teshay Makeda and renowned Ugandan poet and writer Maxine Sibihwana.
Where? Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
When? 18 October, 6.30pm
Friday Night at the Museum – The Glory of Africa
What? As part of the British Museum’s monthly ‘Friday Night at the Museum’ tours uncovering global Ancient African history, ‘The Glory of Africa’ will explore the truth behind the European Age of Enlightenment and its pivotal association with African civilizations.
Where? The British Museum
When? 18 October, 6pm
Nikki Giovanni in Conversation
What? An exclusive opportunity to hear the illustrious American poet, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni discuss her inspiring activism, career and thoughts on literature’s influence over contemporary society.
Where? Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
When? 21 October, 7.30pm