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1st October – 31st October 2021 Black History Month was established in the USA by Dr Carter G Woodson, a black American historian who created a month (February) for African American people to have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge themselves and their achievements. In England, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987, in African Jubilee year, as part of a drive to improve racial harmony in London. It has since grown to encompass the whole country and to recognise and embrace the contributions and traditions of other black communities.

The Jamaica Society and Friends (Reading)

9th October, 3pm to 5pm

“Who Are We” Black History month event will be an opportunity to highlight the achievements in our community through a historical, social and cultural lens. To book your place please email or phone 07956106413

from the 11th of October

Battle Street Hoarding Mural Creation

Join Gemma Anusa from the 11th of October by the Battle Road hoarding. She will be creating a brand new mural, that represents her community. Gemma’s mural will be based around the idea of love, unity and the Older Generation. A mural inspired by the cultural diversity we have on Oxford road and what the former central swimming pool site is going to be used for down the line. Gemma, the artist, is someone who lives on Oxford road she sees first hand how many people from all walks of life there are. She often likes to people watch and imagine what people’s story’s may be, where they’re from, how old they are and where they’re going. She really believes that the concept she has created highlights the worldly-ness of Oxford road. The final piece will be completed by the 31st of October.

16th October, 8pm

KAE KURD: THE SPOKEN KURD TOUR 2020 The unstoppable Kae Kurd is back with a brandnew show for 2020! Smart, sharp and brilliantly astute, the young British-Kurdish stand-up is making a serious name for himself. The world’s gone crazy and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Fresh from appearing on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), join one of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars as he tries to make sense of it all. Star of smash hit podcast Quotas Full. As seen on Don’t Hate the Playaz (ITV2), The Tez O’clock Show (Channel 4) Comedians Solve World Problems (Comedy Central) and BBC Asian Network. Tickets - £14,

Virtual launch event for Reading Museum’s new Black History Virtual Session for Schools 19th October, 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Reading Museum is delighted to launch a new Black History Virtual Session for Schools, developed in partnership with CultureMix Arts and in association with the Reading Windrush Project Steering Group. We invite you to join us on 19th October for a sample of the session which will be available for schools to book from October. To book a place please contact



Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (Acre)

21st October, 6pm - 9pm

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Reading Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridge Street, RG1 2LU

Do Black Lives Matter? This is a Conference in collaboration with University of Reading Students Union Community Champions. The conference will be based around a research report conducted by the University titled ‘Rights-based mapping of race and religion (in) equalities and discrimination in statutory service provision in Reading’

To book your place please contact

Saturday 23 October - 12:00pm Hexham Community Centre

Hexham Black Market Day The event will showcase market stalls from the community featuring fashion, hair, educational books, food, music, a bouncy castle, and many more with lots of fun.

Saturday 23 October - 7:00pm Hexham Community Centre

Hexham Comedy Show The event will filled with laughter and a whole lot of fun with up and coming comedians and singers. Hexham Community Centre, 1a Bamburgh Close, Reading, RG2 7UD Telephone: 0118 375 1172

24th October, 10.30am - 6.30pm Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST

Emerging Voices Exhibition Emerging Voices is a project run by the Rising Sun Arts Centre supporting emerging curators to work with artists and communities in Reading. This one day exhibition will feature work from 2 recent Emerging Voices projects. Curator Khadija Niang commissioned Artist Hadil Tamim to work with people from Reading Refugee Support Group to create a work inspired by the flowers and buildings of the countries represented by people in the group. The final work is a beautiful, detailed painting inspired by Hadil’s work which brings together Islamic art and British wildflowers. Curator Qamar Ayoubi commissioned Syrian artist Ahmad Alazami to work with community groups including Compass Recovery College, Deenway Montessori School, and Wild About Reading to create a wonderful, collaborative artwork. Participants guided by Ahmad contributed wooden panels which were brought together to create a piece which looked at the impact of lockdown on those involved. Hadil Tamim’s book Islamic Art Meets British Wildflowers and Ahmad Alazami’s book Multi Dimensional Art Technique will both be available for purchase on the day.

01189 866 788


Wed 27 October, 7pm

Respect (12a) Starring Academy Award-Winner Jennifer Hudson. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career -- from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom -- it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Tickets £5.50 whats-on/respect-12a


Memories of the Reading Windrush Generation Reading Windrush Project Steering Group

30th October, 12noon & 2pm The Reading Windrush Project Steering Group* in collaboration with Through a different lens# is pleased to present free screenings of the video ‘Memories of the Reading Windrush Generation’. The video features members of the Reading’s Windrush Generation sharing their experience of arriving and settling in Reading.

Please contact to book your attendance or to obtain further details. Numbers attending will be restricted due to Covid-19 safety measures. Covid protocols will be adhered to at all times during this event. * The Reading Windrush Project Steering Group consists of representatives from Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE), Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) Reading, AGE UK Berkshire, Reading Museum Service/Reading Borough Council (RBC). # Through a different lens offer film and marketing support which helps projects, supports businesses and builds community networks through collaboration.

30th October, 10.30am - 11.30am Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BQ

Author reading of

Tawny and Maya Unique Me followed by fun activities

The work of duo Kaya and Tuesday Holder, ‘Tawny and Maya: Unique Me’ is an incredibly inspirational story, written specifically for children, to reinforce the power of individuality, diversity and being happy – exactly the way they are. Readers aged 5-8 are invited to join Tawny and Maya as their school photo day approaches, and their hesitations about their naturally curly hair transforms into pride and embracement of their individuality. It’s an uplifting and timely message for people, everywhere. Come and attend the author reading and Q&A session as well as enjoy a fun activity workshop (activities can be taken away too!). Don’t miss out. Please note that althought this inspiring half term workshop for children is FREE, places must be booked. Please call 0118 901 5950 to book

12th & 13th November, 8pm

Stephen K Amos, Before and Laughter In 2010 the world was in a sorry state. Fast forward ten years and everything’s still going downhill. Stephen has had his own share of highs and lows too. And when the world gives him lemons, he adds gin, tonic, ice and a healthy dose of humour. Forget the divisions and discord and immerse yourself in an hour of bridge building laughter to welcome the new decade. As seen on QI (BBC2), Pilgrimage (BBC2), The Project (ABC TV), Live at the Apollo (BBC1). Tickets - £20, £18 South Street & Reading Arts Gold Members,

In her new project ‘Hidden Recipes From My Ancestral Home’, local artist Caroline Streatfield encourages you to shop local and explore the vast array of food shops along Reading’s Oxford Road where you can purchase ingredients to cook fantastic dishes from around the world.

Throughout October

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Caroline has been working as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone pilot project on Oxford Road ‘Re-imagining the high street through your stories’, in which she and two other local artists were commissioned to create exciting new art responses to the Oxford Road Stories research project, which is now available to view on the Reading Museum’s website as an online exhibition. Commissioned artists were asked to create proposals for art projects that would celebrate the history, heritage and vibrancy of culture of Reading’s Oxford Road, and were selected by a local community panel. Through her project Caroline has produced a set of 17 recipe cards showcasing family recipes which can all be cooked using local ingredients from the Oxford Road, these recipe cards include stories and memories from the contributors as well as illustrations created by local school children and artists.

Online - Hidden Recipes From My Ancestral Home | What’s On Reading (

Throughout October

A Reading of London Street


Produced in association with CultureMix, Readipop and Reading Borough Council.

Historic England is working with the National Trust and Sound UK to launch a series of self-guided, immersive sound walks to help people discover the magic of their local high streets for Heritage Open Days. Artists Aundre Goddard and Richard Bentley’s sound walk ‘A Reading of London Street’ tells the story of the community at the heart of London Street. Take a journey past the Black History Mural and Global Café, where food, music and romance can all be found along the way. Immerse yourself in the evocative sounds heard in the street, its alleyways and buildings. From the historic Huntley and Addington House to the vibrant music of the street’s iconic nightspots, this sound walk brings London Street’s history to life and captures its unique identity. Take a moment to slow down, pause and experience the high street in a new way. High Street Sound Walks are available via the Historic England It is part of the High Streets Heritage Action website, listen any time via your smartphone or other personal device Zones Cultural Programme, led by Historic at: England. High Street Sound Walks is a commission by Historic England, National Find out more at Trust and Heritage Open Days with support from the players of People’s HighStreetCulture Postcode Lottery and produced by Sound UK.

Online - Reading Walking Tour | Historic England


Throughout October The Oxford Road

Oxford Road Art Work As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone pilot project on Oxford Road, Gemma Anusa, a local artist and Oxford Road resident, has created two paintings that have been digitalised and blown up to large scale aluminium prints which will be attached to railings along the Oxford Road. Gemma’s paintings feature two faces that she has depicted with a gradient skin tone from white to black to represent the multicultural community of the Oxford Road. In the multicoloured background Gemma has included quotes and words from the community. Gemma’s aim for the piece was to represent and celebrate the Oxford Road community and their history.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH October 2021 Every effort was made to ensure that details in the diary were correct at the time of going to press. However Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for any changes, amendments and cancellations of any events or activities listed, nor any inaccuracies which may have been printed in error. @EventsinReading eventsinreading

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Black History Month Programme 2021  

A celebration of drama, comedy, art and conversation are all on the menu for this year’s Black History Month 2021 in Reading. This years’...

Black History Month Programme 2021  

A celebration of drama, comedy, art and conversation are all on the menu for this year’s Black History Month 2021 in Reading. This years’...


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