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The C&TH Guide to Black History Month 2019

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The C&TH Guide to Black History Month 2019

Where and how to get involved in the annual celebration...

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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

How? royalalberthall.com

Nearness by Bianca Saunders

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

How? brixtonvillage.com

Jeffrey Boakye & Nels Abbey in Conversation

Jeffrey Boakye

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

How? southbankcentre.co.uk

Black Girl Fest

Paula and Nicole

Photo: Krystal Neuvill

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

How? blackgirlfest.com

Heaux Noire

Heaux Noire

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

How? southbankcentre.co.uk

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

How? eventbrite.com

Nikki Giovanni in Conversation

Nikki Giovanni

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

How? southbankcentre.co.uk

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