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Black History Month 2015

Visit the Website for more BHMGM events www.blackhistorygm.org


Saturday 3rd October 1pm - 2pm

Wednesday 7th October 12.30pm to 1.30pm

ALASKA - CHERYL MARTIN

SPOTLIGHT ON PAN-AFRICAN CONGRESS IN MANCHESTER HANDLING SESSION

Touchstones

(Over 13s to adults)

Manchester Central Library

(Over 14s to adult)

AIURRRC share items in their collections regarding the 70th anniversary of the 5th Pan-African Congress held in Manchester 1945.

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/spotlight-on-pan-african-congress-inmanchester-a-black-history-month-event/

Thursday 8th October 6.30pm Moss Side Powerhouse A playful, joyful, visual and aural experiment, taking you into one Black woman's experiences as a lesbian’s pre-menopausal descent into suicidal depression - to her triumphant emergence. “It is a devastatingly beautiful show…, poetic narrative and heart achingly profound... people should go" Audience Member Free www.link4life.org/centres/touchstones-rochdale www.cartwheelarts.org.uk

Saturday 3rd October 2pm - 3pm Touchstones

MAUD SULTER (1960–2008)

In 1989, the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography as a direct response to the lack of a black presence at other celebratory events and exhibitions Sulter created Victorian portrait photography in the context of the muse with the resolute black woman at its centre.

Free www.link4life.org/centres/touchstones-rochdale www.cartwheelarts.org.uk

Sun 4th October 2pm IWMN

DIVERSITY IN WARTIME BRITAIN (over 14s to adults)

WW2 saw the largest and most remarkable movements of people into Britain in its history. Meet Professor Wendy Webster and the researchers behind the powerful new display

Free www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/meet-the-researcher-diversity-inwartime-britain

Tuesday 6th October 11am Forum Library

BARRIE OLKACHOOKWU GEORGE DISCUSSES AFRO SOLO UK (over 14s to adults)

Moving funny and sometimes shocking memories of growing up Black in Wythenshawe from 1962

Free www.wythenshaweforum.co.uk & www.afrosolouk.com

BREAKING GROUND

(Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

Featuring broadcaster Colin Grant BBC and prize-winning Jamaican author Olive Senior.

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/breaking-ground-a-black-historymonth-event/ Thursday 8th October 8pm Contact

LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: I ™ CHOCOLAT (over 14s to adults)

An evening of decadent indulgence which will treat your senses through opera, musical theatre, jazz and rap.

£15 / £10 http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/ 40693-le-gateau-chocolat-i-chocolat/

Saturday, 10th October 10am - 6pm

Manchester Digital Laboratory/Terrace NQ

AFROFUTURES_UK

An exhibition and conference of presentations by academics and makers; joined by writers, artists and academics from across the world a plethora of new voices performing and presenting their research. Exploring the intersection of futurism and the black experience through art, performance and technology.

Free https://afrofuturesuk.wordpress.com/ afrofutures-uk-2015/

Saturday 10th October Performances: 2pm & 2.30 pm. Workshop: 3pm - 4pm Manchester Central Library

AFROCATS IN THE TRADITION

Afrocats perform traditional African dance and then share their combined cultures in a workshop.

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/afrocats-performances-a-black-historymonth-event/


Tuesday 13th October Workshop One: 1pm - 2:30pm Workshop Two: 3pm - 4:30pm

Thursday 15th October 1.15pm - 2.00pm

THE DIFFERENT VOICES OF NINA SIMONE

SLAVERY & SUFFRAGE WILLIAM CUFFAY’S STORY

Manchester Central Library (Over 14s to adult)

People's History Museum

(over 9s to adults)

This Black History Month discover more about the life of Radical Hero William Cuffay. This performance explores the horrors of the slave trade and how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution. Meet William Cuffay, son of a freed slave, who became a Chartist leader and campaigned for the right to vote.

Booking required In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make suggested donation £3 http://williamcuffay.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 15th October 6pm Portico Library

SOPHIA: PRINCESS, SUFFRAGETTE, REVOLUTIONARY (over 14s to adults)

Broadcaster Anita Anand discusses her book about Sophia Duleep Singh. Sophia follows the journey of a woman whose bravery and spirit made her a key player in some of the most defining moments of India’s independence.

Highly acclaimed poet Shirley May facilitates two workshops on: “The Different Voices of Nina Simone.”

£8/£6 www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Free Please Book https://ninasimone.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 15th October 7pm - 9pm

Tuesday 13th October 5.30pm - 7.45pm

(over 14s to adults)

Manchester Central Library

People's History Museum

RADICAL HERO AN AUDIENCE WITH VIV ANDERSON

INSPIRED BY ‘THE DIFFERENT VOICES OF NINA SIMONE’ (Over 14s to adult)

Workshop participants share their work with a wider audience.

Free Please Book https://ninasimonevoices.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 13th October 6pm

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

MAI AL-NAKIB & MAY-LAN TAN (over 14s to adults)

Extraordinary new short story writers, Kuwaiti Mai Al-Nakib (The Hidden Light of Objects) and Hong Kong born May-Lan Tan (Things to Make and Break), read from and discuss their award-wining debut collections.

£6/£4 www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Wednesday, 14th October 12.30pm - 1.30pm Manchester Central Library

SPOTLIGHT ON SLAVERY - HANDLING SESSION (Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

AIURRRC and Central Library share items related to slavery from their collections

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/spotlight-on-slavery/

The Football Association invite you to celebrate Black History Month with Radical Hero Viv Anderson. Viv Anderson was the first black footballer to play for England and features on our list of 100 Radical Heroes.

Booking required In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make suggested donation £5 http://vivanderson.eventbrite.co.uk

www.blackhistorygm.org


Friday 16th October 7pm

Monday 19th October 1pm

THE GAEIA MANCHESTER SERMON

WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN YOU NEED SOME INSPIRATION?

Manchester Cathedral (over 14s to adults)

Elif Shafak is a Turkish writer of fierce originality and relentlessly curious intellect who blends the storytelling traditions of East and West in her work. She will deliver this year’s Gaeia Manchester Sermon reflecting on ethical issues of the day.

£8/£6 www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Saturday 17th October 11.30am & 2.30pm Z-arts

TREE/BOOM/UMTHI (Ages 3-7)

Tree/ Boom/ Umthi is like an illustrated children’s book, brought to life and filled with beautiful images and song by the awardwinning Magnet Theatre who have performed all over South Africa and internationally.

£6/£8 www.z-arts.org/events/treeboomumthi/

Saturday 17th October 2pm Cross Street Chapel

ASYLUM & EXILE (over 14s to adults)

Critic and broadcaster Bidisha presents her 5th book, based on her outreach work with refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented people. She will be joined by Gulwali Passarlay, whose first book, The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey, documents his passage from his homeland via Iran and the Mediterranean to Lancashire. Hosted by Manchester’s Amnesty International.

Royal Exchange Studio (over 14s to adults)

Talawa Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Buffong will share his own inspirations and ask playwrights and theatre-makers: What inspires you? What do you read and re-read time and time again? Where do you go to reconnect with your reasons for making theatre

FREE www.royalexchange.co.uk/Talawa

Tuesday 20 October 2pm

Working Class Movement Library

THE FORGOTTEN WAR: WORLD WAR I IN AFRICA BY MARIKA SHERWOOD (over 14s to adults)

Marika Sherwood shares how Africa gave many thousands of lives in supporting France and Britain in conquering Germany’s colonies in West, South and East Africa. The wars were fought almost exclusively by many thousands of African troops officered by Whites. Especially in East Africa, the devastation was enormous. Germany lost, so the French and British empires were enlarged. Did Africans gain anything?

Free www.wcml.org.uk/cbhm2015

Tuesday 20th October 8pm Contact

THREE THE HARD WAY - PART TWO (over 16s)

£8/£6 www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Saturday 17th October 7.30pm Contact

YOUNG IDENTITY: BATTLE OF THE MINDS (over 14s to adults)

Three poets, three continents - Africa, Asia & Europe - and across three generations. Jean Binta Breeze MBE, Shruti Chauhan with Lydia Towsey explore contemporary women’s issues and culture.

£11 / £6 http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/41095-mlf15-three-the-hard-way-part-two/

Wednesday 21st October 12.30pm - 1.30pm Between lunchtime punch-ups, discovering self-worth and devising a failsafe plan to avoid PE, our poets think out loud about what they know and where they learned it from.

£11/£6 http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/40894-mlf15-young-identitybattle-of-the-minds/

@BlackhistoryGM

Manchester Central Library

SPOTLIGHT ON BLACK HISTORY HANDLING SESSION

(Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

AIURRRC and Central Library share items from their collections about Black History in Manchester.

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/spotlight-on-black-history/


Wednesday 21st October 5.30pm - 7.30pm Manchester Central Library

Monday 26th - Friday 30th October 10am - 12pm

‘YOU HIDE ME’ (Over 14s to adult)

BRAZIL TO MANCHESTER: A JOURNEY THROUGH CAPOEIRA

Film screening followed by presentation and discussion with a panel of speakers.

Z-arts

(Ages 7– 14)

Free Please Book http://youhideme.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 22nd October 5pm Z-Arts

WORDSMITH SHOWCASE (over 14s)

Students from four Manchester secondary schools perform original poetry created as part of a term-long Wordsmiths project. Featuring performances by poet and singer Zena Edwards and Manchester’s MC and singer King Burga.

£6/£4 www.z-arts.org

Saturday 24th October 4pm

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

STEPHEN KELMAN & SUNJEEV SAHOTA (over 14s to Adults)

Be transported to India and back with two of our hottest young writers. Kelman’s ‘Man on Fire’, introduces us to Bibhuti Nayak, Mumbai journalist and fitness freak. Sahota’s ‘The Year of the Runaways’, tells of three young men house sharing in Sheffield, having arrived from India in search of a new life.

Afro Brazilian cultural workshops; learning the (Martial) Art of Capoeira performance skills; alongside making and playing African instruments and singing in Portuguese. In partnership with Capoeira Manchester and linking with children living in Rio.

Free www.z-arts.org/events/brazil-to-manchester-a-journey-through-capoeira/

Tuesday 27th October HOME

NOTHING BUT A MAN

£4/£3. www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk

Saturday 24th October HOME

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (over 14s to Adults)

Screened with the permission of director Julie Dash; at the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina now face a generational split as they prepare to migrate to the North. The Peazant family has lived on the island since their first people were brought as slaves’ centuries before. And they maintain their ancestors' Yoruba traditions.

Cited as Malcom X’s favourite film a landmark of American cinema, a truthful depiction of Black life in early 1960s Alabama with a matchless soundtrack of Motown tunes make for understated but powerful drama that still feels surprisingly modern and relevant.

Tickets: Price dependent on screen time www.homemcr.org

Tickets: Price dependent on screen time www.homemcr.org

Wednesday 28th October 5pm - 7pm

Saturday 24th October

Started as a theatre project for refugees and asylum seekers, now expanded to a world-wide theatre group welcoming Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, and people whose circumstances mean they may feel displaced. Each session is a stand-alone practical workshop led by a different theatre practitioner.

Sol House

NIMBA TALES, PRESERVING OUR CULTURE

Celebrating the heritage of the Guinean Conakry people in Greater Manchester through music, dance and griots.

FREE www.warmhut.org

Royal Exchange Studio

WORLD WIDE WORKSHOP (Over 18s)

FREE (ARTS POT fund available for travel costs up to £4 per session) andy.barry@royalexchange.co.uk for other sessions up to February 2016

www.facebook.com/blackhistoryGM


Thursday 29th October 11am - 1pm The Forum Library

Friday 30 October

IDENTITY AND SYMBOLS IN NIGERIAN TEXTILES (Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

An activity workshop using Nigerian Textiles delivered by David Hulston

HOME

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/patterns-in-our-history-a-black-historymonth-event/

Thursday, 29th October 2.30pm - 4.30pm Longsight Library

NIGERIAN TEXTILES IDENTITY AND SYMBOLS (Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

An activity workshop using Nigerian Textiles delivered by David Hulston

Free www.archivesplus.org/events/patterns-in-our-history-a-black-historymonth-event-3/

Thursday 29th October 7pm

Three MinuteTheatre Manchester

CLOSURE: Contemporary Black British Short Stories

(over 14s to adults)

Closure is the first Black British short story anthology since IC3 (2000). This anthology is filled with stories which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect... across cultures and time, from oral “folktales” to myths of origin. Readers on this launch night will include Desiree Reynolds, Jennifer Makumbi, Muli Amaye and Pete Kalu. Contributors include Dinesh Allirajah, Muli Amaye, Fred D’Aguiar, Peter Kalu, Chantal Oakes, Tariq Mehmood and Seni Seneviratne.

Free www.threeminutetheatre.co.uk

Friday, 30th October 2pm - 4pm Abraham Moss Library

IDENTITY AND SYMBOLS IN NIGERIAN TEXTILES (Family Friendly - over 9s to adults)

An activity workshop using Nigerian Textiles delivered by David Hulston Free www.archivesplus.org/events/patterns-in-our-history-a-black-historymonth-event-2/

Stanley Nelson’s is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

Tickets: Price dependent on screen time www.homemcr.org

THROUGHOUT THE MONTH Into 2016 September 11th - April 10th Daily: 10am - 5pm Manchester Museum

THE PHANTOMS OF THE CONGO RIVER BY NYABA OUEDRAOGO (over 14s to Adults)

Thursday 29 October 1.15pm - 2pm People's History Museum

NO BED OF ROSES – FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO MANCHESTER (over 7s to adults)

Meet Gabrielle and help with her life-changing decision to move from the Caribbean to Manchester in the 1950s. Booking required In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make suggested donation £3 http://nobedofroses.eventbrite.co.uk

A photographic exploration reminds the viewer of the development of Colonial Africa, and the rich history of the people who live on the Congo’s banks; referenced against Joseph Conrad’s 19th century novel Heart of Darkness Free www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/


September 26th - October 24th Daily: 10am - 5pm Gallery Oldham

Thursday 1st - Saturday 31st October Daily: 10am - 5pm

FORWARD TO FREEDOM

ARTHUR WHARTON AND THE PRINCE HASSAN PACHA TROPHY

(over 7s to adults)

National Football Museum (over 7s to adults)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary, of Arthur Wharton; born 1865 Gold Coast. The pioneering black professional footballer and athlete set the 1886 100 yard dash world record. Wharton was awarded the HH Prince Hassan Pacha Challenge Trophy by the Amateur Athletics Association.

The story of the British Anti-Apartheid movement. This national touring exhibition is organised by the AAM Archives and will also feature local banners and leaflets from the Oldham branch of the Anti-Apartheid movement

Free www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/

Thursday 1st - Saturday 31st October Daily: 3.30pm IWMN

A CLOSER LOOK TOUR: BLACK HISTORY MONTH (over 14s to adults)

Black Commonwealth service personnel from the WW1 onwards including the late Lilian Bader (2015) in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force rising to the rank of Acting Corporal in WW2

Free www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/a-closer-look-tour-black-historymonth

Free www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson

Thursday 1st - Saturday 31st October National Football Museum

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY TRAIL

Created by Kick It Out and NFM the trail marks significant moments that celebrate diversity in the history of football. Raising awareness of discrimination and challenging questions around equality and inclusion.

Free www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/whatson

1st – 31st October Daily: 10am - 5pm Forum Library

AFRO SOLO UK (over 7s to adults)

Thursday 1st October - February 2015 Daily: 10am - 5pm IWMN

MIXING IT: THE CHANGING FACES OF WARTIME BRITAIN (over 14s to adults)

On display for the first time, the forgotten histories of service of ethnic diverse personnel and civilians who came to Britain during the Second World War based on specially recorded oral histories and archive material. Free Donations welcomed www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/mixing-it-the-changing-faces-ofwartime-britain

KEY:

Conference Family Film Talks and lectures Performance

Workshops Young people Spoken Word music Exhibition

A digital exhibition resulting from 2 years research of the African diaspora of Greater Manchester. Each life story is an act of remembrance, a celebration and in some cases a reconciliation. They provide a legacy and are a declaration that this community will never again be overlooked.

Free www.wythenshaweforum.co.uk www.afrosolouk.com

blackhistory.gm@gmail.com


V E N U E S Abraham Moss Library

Abraham Moss Centre, Crescent Rd, Manchester M8 5UF

Contact

Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA

Cross Street Chapel Manchester M2 1NL

Forum Library

Forum Grove, Wythenshawe M22 5RX

Gallery Oldham

Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham OL1 1AL

Home

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

Royal Exchange Studio

St Anns Square, Manchester M2 7DH

Sol House

117 Fairfield Ave, Manchester M12 6EL

Three Minute Theatre Manchester 35-39 Oldham Street Manchester, M1 1JG

Touchstones Rochdale,

The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

Working Class Movement Library 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

Z-arts

335 Stretford Rd, Manchester M15 5ZA

IWM North

Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, M17 1TZ

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY

Longsight Library

519 Stockport Rd, Longsight, Manchester M12 4NE

Join us for the September 30th launch at Manchester Cathedral. Free entry but donations welcomed £2/£1 booking essential via Eventbrite: www.gmbhmlaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

Ronald Samm

MadLab Terrace NQ.

36-40 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN

Manchester Cathedral

Victoria St, Manchester M3 1SX

John Simmit

Ruqia and Busha

Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Manchester Museum

Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL

Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO)

Moss Side Powerhouse,

140 Raby St, Moss Side, Manchester M14 4SQ

People's History Museum

Left Bank Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

Doreen Edwards

Portico Library

57 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HY Special thanks to Hannah Niblett and Angela Smith for their patience in assisting with the web design. SuAndi: BHMGM Coordinator Steve Hodgkiss: Design & Art Direction. T: 07966 543 417 e: info@shdx.co.uk

Rani Moorthy

Black History Month Greater Manchester 2015  

Celebratory events across Greater Manchester