Black history month is just around the corner and personally I say we celebrate our blackness every day not just for one month in the year but that’s a discussion for another day.
Here are a few events happening in the next few weeks that will be exploring and celebrating the history of both Africa and the diaspora.
LEVILE TAKEOVER will kick off at the Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 8th October. Hosted by both Swarzy Macaly & Bisi Akins this event is due to be unforgettable. This will be a celebration of black culture and creatives within the TV, Film and Entertainment industry for black history month. The day will consist of a Q&A from a very special guest speaker, a pre-panel discussion and interaction with key influencers. As well as a screening of their favourite black-led content in 2019. Also not forgetting some music from a Live DJ playing your favourite songs during intervals.
Date & Time: Tue, 8 October 2019
Location: Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London, E1 4UJ
Prices: £11.37 – £38.32
Born during the Harlem renaissance and having lived through the civil rights movement Ringgold’s art explores the Africa American experience and race relations in America. Her exhibition is raw, relevant and real- A must-see. There will be a guided tour of the exhibition on Saturday 7th September 3- 5 pm.
Date & Time: 6 June 2019 – 8 Sept 2019
Location: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
Now in its 7th year, Africa Utopia is a festival hosted by the Southbank centre that celebrates all things from African and the diaspora: from music by the all-black Chineke! Orchestra and performances featuring Akala, Femi Kuti and Talib Kweli to ‘Black in the day,’ a curated digital archive of the black British experience. There is also an opportunity to stock up on one of a kind pieces at the marketplace.
Date & Time: 13 Sept 2019 – 15 Sept 2019
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Prices: Prices vary depending on the event; See website for more info
This is a new exhibition celebrating the past 50 years of black British creativity curated by filmmaker Horace Ove. It features artwork by 110 artists from different disciplines, a talk between Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and essayist Carl Phillips as well as a podcast series. Also part of this exhibition is an installation titled Hennessy: For the culture, which explores the origins and influence of Grime music.
Date & Time: 12 Jun 2019 – 15 Sep 2019 – Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00 – Wed-Fri 11.00 – 20.00
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Prices: £12.50 / £9.50 concessions, Under 12s free
Also in its 7th year, the 1:54 art fair is back at Somerset House. As the art fair season begins, this is the only one dedicated to featuring Art from the 54 African countries.
Date & Time: 3 Oct 2019 – 6 Oct 2019
Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Prices: Prices vary; See website for more info
Features African artists such as Eddy Kamuanga from Congo, Cyrus Kabiru from Kenya and Romuald Hazoume from Benin exploring themes of identity and place.
Date & Time: 12 Sept 2019 – 23 Nov 2019
Location: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester, St, Holborn, London, WC1N 3AL
The British Film Institute at Southbank will be screening the best films by Angela Basset in September- Black Panther, Malcolm-X, Waiting to Exhale. The list is extensive, a reminder of her formidable acting career.
Date & Time: September 2019
Location: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London, SE1 8XT
Prices: Prices vary depending on the show; See website for more info
The Godfather of Afrobeats and ‘the Black President,’ Fela Kuti’s birthday falls on 15th October and the Jazz Cafe in Camden will be staging a night of his music by his former bandmate Bukky Leo and his current band Black Egypt. Everybody say yeah, yeah!
Date & Time: Tuesday 15th October – 19:00-22:30
Location: Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Prices: Standing: £12.50 Restaurant: £15-20
The UK’s first festival celebrating Black women and girls is back and better. The theme for Black Girl Festival 2019 is ‘Taking Up Space’. Alongside carefully curated talks, workshops and masterclasses, they’ll be hosting a marketplace, exhibitions, live performances, screenings and more.
Date & Time: 12 Oct 2019 10:00 – 19:00
Location: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH
Prices: £14.66 – £133.84
THE OWAMBE PARTY! Celebrate Nigeria 59th independence in true Faaji style. It’s all about TRADITIONAL WEAR, LOCAL FOOD, DRINKS and more. Get ready to eat nkwobi, abula-(amala, ewedu and gbegeri) and wash it down with a nice chilled glass of origin. For those who are not Nigerian OWAMBE means: It is here!!
Date & Time: 29 Sept 2019 – 19:00- 00:00
Location: Secret Location (You have to buy a ticket to find out the location)
Prices: £30.00 – £40.00
Founded by the African American dancer, choreographer, director and activist Alvin Ailey, the New York-based dance company is in its 60th year and back at Sadler’s wells for 10 days only. Their performance will feature new work such as ‘Lazarus’ as well as Revelation, ‘the most seen modern dance piece in the world.’