Black History Month Leicester

Black History Month (BHM) is held each year in October, with a programme that promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past. Having been awarded the tenure by Leicester City Council, Serendipity has overseen BHM in Leicester since 2012. Each year our programming centres around a unifying theme. In preparation future themes for the next three years are as follows:

In 2016, BHM will recognise the life and work of South African Social Rights activist Desmond Tutu on the occasion of his 85th Birthday and also marks 40 years since the seminal publication The Arts the Britain Ignores by Naseem Kahn. Policy, practice and social justice is the theme that will be celebrated as throughout BHM2016

In 2017, BHM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. This year will also mark 50 years since Robert Lawrence became the first Black Astronaut.

In 2018, BHM will acknowledge the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, one of the ships to bring 500 migrants from Jamaica to the UK. 2018 will also mark the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

BHM Filmfest 2016

As part of BHM 2016, Serendipity, in partnership with Phoenix Cinema, are organising a month long film festival. Inspired by theme of Social and Civil Rights, the programme will include documentaries, biopics and cinema classics from around the world explore the key challenges to social and civil rights, and those who have sought to change things for the better.



Strange Fruit: A Tribute to Billie Holiday

After the great success of Strange Fruit: A Tribute to Billie Holiday at the launch of Black History Month Leicester 2015, we are now in the process of developing the work for touring in 2016.

Further information and a touring pack will be available soon, but if you are interested in hosting a performance please get in touch by emailing

BHM Live 2016: Call for Commissions

BHM Live is an initiative which aims to offer opportunities to emerging Black artists in the UK, across all art forms. Launched in 2012 as part of Black History Season, BHM Live has so far supported many artists in sharing and developing their ideas and showcasing their work.

BHM Live is offering a select number of artists:

  • The opportunity to showcase new work at BHM Live showcasing event held at the Curve, Leicester.
  • A bursary to support the development of new work.
  • Development opportunities and the chance for artist to pitch their ideas to and network with promoters, producers, programmers, artistic directors and venue managers.

To be considered for the BHM Live programme each artist will need to:

  • Provide a CV that highlights experience and capacity to create a quality piece of work, which is innovative, diverse and suitable for the general public.
  • Complete an application form detailing their ideas for the project; how they aim to develop their ideas and providing supporting evidence such as links to websites or videos that demonstrate previous work.

For an application form, please contact

Deadline for applicants Thursday 26 November 2015, 5pm