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.

Black History Month Leicester 2016 Call Out

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 BHM 2016.

Serendipity is co-ordinating Leicester’s Black History Month in October 2016. If you are planning an event for Black History Month this year and would like it to be included in the official Black History Month Leicester brochure, we would like to hear from you!

Please send copy and high resolution images (300dpi) for events you are organising. The Black History Month brochure, website and other marketing media will include events taking place in the month of October only. Please ensure that the information you provide is accurate and eligible to be in the public domain.  Event copy is subject to editorial amends to suit the marketing and print media.

Please complete the following form and return to by Thursday 30 June 2016.

BHM 2016 Call out for Events Form

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.

Lost Legends

Project Researcher
Full Time – Fixed Term Contract – Leicester

Serendipity are looking to recruit a researcher to work on a new project celebrating 30 years of Black History Month in Leicester, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Leicester City Council. . The project Lost Legends, 30 years of BHM in Leicester, aims to celebrate and record the achievements and contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the cultural heritage of Leicester over the last three decades, cumulating in an exhibition, website and digital directory of past contributors and their contribution to BHM.
The position requires research across a vast array of areas, from archival research, through to personal collections and community connections.
A keen interest in the arts and cultural heritage, with particular reference to diversity in the arts, and the recognition of the history and heritage Britain’s African and African Caribbean communities is essential, alongside a good knowledge of archival research, cataloguing.
This position will require some evening and weekend work to meet the needs of the project.
Job description:
• To build relationships with Leicester’s communities and local archives, to research and obtain materials to the project brief, taking into account content, budget and schedule.
• To organise and catalogue materials collected and details associated information and their use (i.e. owner, copyright restrictions, third party licenses, cost implications, caption information etc.) and support the digitisation of the materials.
• To keep clear and detailed records of any and all agreements made by you relating to materials collected, and compile accurate credits according to requirements, and wherever possible ensuring full courtesy to all contributors.
• To ensure safe and secure storage of all materials collected or held and advise on value or safe storage of material passed to others for the purpose of the project, and ensure the safe and timely return of any hard copy material not selected for archiving in order to minimise the possibility of loss.
• To clear reproduction rights for the use of all materials for the project and to make know any problems before project is committed to publication and exhibition, and advise on which material can be used for publicity, and what restrictions may apply.
• To support the Serendipity team with administrative tasks associated with this project, and closely associated projects.

Skills and experience:
• Experience in archival research, cataloguing and documenting materials.
• Experience working with picture agencies, photographers, museums, art galleries, designers and members of the public.
• Good understanding of image and material legal restrictions, licensing and permissions
• Excellent administrative, communication and organisational skills
• Able to work on your own initiative and in a team when required to do so
• Proficient in Photoshop and Microsoft Office

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: Fixed-Term (until 1 December 2017)
Salary: £15,350 (Gross per annum)
Start date: June/July 2016
Closing date for applications: Thursday 16 June 2016

For further information please visit our website, To apply please send your C.V. and covering letter to Pawlet Brookes,
Alternatively if you wish to post your application our address is:
Serendipity – Researcher Post
CL00.07a, Clephan Building,
De Montfort University,



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