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.

BLACKCHAT

Blackchat is a new forum to exchange and progress ideas and plans for issues which directly affect Black Communities. Everyone is invited to be part of the conversation so we can live and work together with more understanding and respect. The aims are to celebrate BME success, value BME contribution and discuss political and social contexts. The first series of talks, ‘The Body Beautiful’, focusing broadly on issues of mind and body will take place during BHM this October.

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

In 2017 Serendipity will mark the 30 years of Black History Month with an exciting new project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund: Lost Legends. The project aims to celebrate and record the contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the cultural heritage of the UK over the last three decades. Find out more on the Lost Legend pages.

BHM Programme

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Soweto Kinch: Nonagram

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Lost Legends Call Out

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Kane Brown ‘The Oath’ Comedy Show

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Journeys: Pop-up Poem Library

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Word! With Malika Booker

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Bring Your Bars Storytellers

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH RADIO

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BHMFilmFest: The Price of Memory

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Speakeasy Jamshop

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Moonshine Word Jam with Dzifa Benson

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Spoken Word Showcase

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Walls

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BlackChat BHMFF

Blackchat: Black and Gold – Sport and the Olympics

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CHOOSING HEALTH FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY AND NETWORKING EVENT

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BHMFilmFest: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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2Funky Live BHM Special

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WHO INSPIRES ME: CONFERENCE FOR KEY STAGE 4 AFRICAN HERITAGE STUDENTS

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Jacob Ross: The Bone Readers – Book Launch

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TELLING TALES WITH SANDRA AGARD

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40 years on: The Arts That Britain Ignores and Diversity in British Theatre.

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ABA SHANTI SPECIAL

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Blackchat: Black Hearts, Black Minds

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CLUB FORMATION

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SORRY, NO COLOUREDS, NO IRISH, NO

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YOUNG PEOPLE BLACK HISTORY HALF TERM WEEK

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BHMFILMFEST: FORWARD EVER: THE KILLING OF A REVOLUTION

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LEICESTER WINDRUSH DOCUMENTARY

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LEICESTER COMMUNITY RADIO 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Blackchat: Hoodies, Hijabs and Anoraks

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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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AKALA

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BHMFILMFEST: BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

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BLACK WOMEN IN DANCE BOOK LAUNCH

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INVENTIONS OF COLOUR

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LOVERS ROCK MONOLOGUES

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Blackchat: WAITING IN THE WINGS – BRINGING BLACK DANCE TO CENTRE STAGE

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GLORIA CAMERON MBE – CASE DISMISSED!

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POETS ON THE VERANDAH WITH JEAN ‘BINTA’ BREEZE AND MICHAEL BROME

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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 info@serendipity-uk.com.

The deadline for this opportunity has now past, please check back for opportunities soon.