Manifest Black Dance Exhibition. 2019.
Image Credit: Stuart Hollis

Perception: The Countees of Leicester Talk. 2023.
Image Credit: Georgina Payne

Heritage Events

Heritage events at Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage are dedicated to recognising and celebrating Black British cultural heritage in the UK.  These events form part of the programme for Unearthed: Forgotten Histories.  Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project seeks to make a structural difference to the recording, documentation and sharing of Black history and heritage in the UK, and to give back hidden histories for everyone to share.

Included in these activities is Young Archivists, an accredited training programme aimed at young people from diverse communities who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector, to learn from heritage experts.

BlackChat is a year-round programme of talks and round table discussions where everyone is welcome to be part of the conversation.  Typically focusing on a key theme or provocation, it is an opportunity to learn more about key topics, share insight into issues affecting the Black community and celebrate trailblazing artists and activists.

Other heritage events include screenings of documentary films, reminiscence sessions, exhibitions and training opportunities develop skills and support the collection and preservation of oral histories and archival material.

Heritage events are centred around the Living Archive, an online platform, that showcases the history and culture of Black communities in the UK.  It features a collection of photographs, videos, and other materials that highlight the diversity and richness of the Black British experience.

Heritage Day: Repatriation of Artefacts from Museums

Dialogue Box - Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage 21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester
British museums and heritage institutions are grappling with facing the colonial origins of the collections they care for and the calls for reparations through
Get Tickets £5.00 – £10.00

Hidden Histories: Animated – Black Dance Voices

Dialogue Box - Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage 21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester
Animated is a community dance magazine, published by People Dancing. Written by dance artists and dance/arts professionals, it reflects community dance culture in the

Heritage day: Race and Representation in the Archive

Dialogue Box - Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage 21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester
Underrepresentation of Black communities in British archives is a common issue, with the archives that do exist presenting a colonial perspective. Serendipity’s Collections Archivist
Get Tickets £5.00 – £10.00

BlackChat: Archival Silences

Dialogue Box - Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage 21 Bowling Green Street, Leicester
Archival collections are inevitably subject to archival silences, which are the result of destruction, concealment and the absence of conscious collecting for the future.
Get Tickets £5.00 – £10.00
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