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2019 EVENT PROGRAMME


NOV 2019 – FEB 2020

WHAT’S ON THE LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY MON 11 NOVEMBER

EMELI SANDÉ MON 2 DECEMBER

THE STYLISTICS THU 14 NOVEMBER 7:30PM SYMPHONY HALL

BEETHOVEN, MISSA SOLEMNIS SUN 26 JANUARY

REUBEN JAMES TRIO SUN 17 NOVEMBER

THE BOYS ARE BACK TUE 25 FEBRUARY

7:30PM SYMPHONY HALL

8PM SYMPHONY HALL

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7:30PM SYMPHONY HALL

4PM TOWN HALL

8PM SYMPHONY HALL


FOREWORD Birmingham’s Black History Month has become an important feature of the City’s event calendar since the mid-1990s. As the most diverse Core City in the UK, Birmingham holds its diversity dear and the City Council is mindful of the need to reflect on its development, to learn new and inspiring stories, and include as many people as possible in considering the impact of black history on our identity in the 21st Century. Throughout October, residents and visitors will be able to take part in various cultural activities. It will be a month of celebration, with vibrant and uplifting content, and a great opportunity to explore Black history and the relevance of Black contributions in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Congratulations must go to the partners and organisations involved in organising and co-ordinating the month’s activities across Birmingham. Our thanks, in particular, go to Blackstory Partnership,

which includes PFG Consultancy, Inspiring a New Generation, Recognize Black Heritage and Culture and Mykal Wassifa Brown CIC, who have compiled an exciting programme of events including a spectacular 3 part launch event at the Legacy Centre of Excellence (formally The Drum, Aston) on Saturday 28 September 2019. I am confident this programme will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests and hope that 2019 will be another successful year for this important initiative.

Councillor Jayne Francis CABINET MEMBER FOR EDUCATION, SKILLS AND CULTURE

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WELCOME For the 4th year in succession Blackstory Partnership is proud to produce and host Birmingham’s Black History Month 2019 Brochure and Launch Event at Legacy Centre of Excellence. Blackstory Partnership expresses its thanks to Birmingham City Council for enabling Birmingham’s Black History Month Launch and Brochure to be produced each year, since 2016 by the partnership. This year's official launch is taking place over a full day to capture all ages. The day's program consists of inspirational, educational and informative activities for all to participate. Our 2019 brochure includes activities, events and exhibitions that are taking place across Birmingham during October. We have not captured all of the events and activities taking place during Black History Month. We appreciate if you could visit the website to inform us of any events during October and beyond.

BIRMINGHAMBLACKHISTORYMONTH.CO.UK Blackstory Partnership's aim is to acknowledge and reflect the Black History narrative in order to Educate, Empower and Motivate current and future generations. This can only be achieved through your help and support.

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THE RIGHT HONORABLE MARCUS GARVEY ONCE SAID

"THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR A PEOPLE WHO DENY THEIR PAST." Professor Toni Morrison (Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison) was a writer extraordinaire whose legacy will live on only if her works are placed into the hands of future generations. We pay homage to Professor Morrison by demonstrating how she was a modern day – Auset (Isis) an ancestor returned to help us remember, reconnect and heal. She demonstrated to us how to make visible to the world both our collective and personal stories of struggle and victory.


OFFICIAL LAUNCH SAT 28 SEP

CONTENTS PRE OCT 6 - 7 WEEK ONE 8 - 11 WEEK TWO 13 - 16 WEEK THREE 17 - 21 WEEK FOUR 22 - 27 WEEK FIVE 28 - 29

LEGACY - CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE [formerly the Drum) 144 Potters Lane, Aston B6 4UU

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS 29 - 33

10:30AM - 1PM

CINEMA HUB 1PM - 5PM

WORKSHOPS PRESENTATIONS TONI MORRISON AUTHOR ZONE CULTURAL MARKET ZONE HEALTH & WELL BEING ZONE 6PM - 10PM

BHM LAUNCH SHOWCASE HOSTED BY ANNETTE FAGON INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS & PERFORMANCES Please note: information listed in this brochure is correct at the time of going to print. Contact venue for confirmation.

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THU 26 SEP

7PM

PHARAOHS UNVEILED WITH Q & A FILM SCREENING

The mysteries of Kemet (ancient Egypt) have been unlocked in Menelik Shabazz’s latest documentary film. The film challenges the ideas that many of us have about the Pharaohs and their beliefs. It combines interviews and ancestral information to change the media narrative about Kemet. LEGACY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE (formerly The Drum) 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham B6 4UU TICKETS & INFO:  FROM £8 + BOOKING FEE  bit.ly/pharaohsunveiled  nsaaevents@gmail.com

THU 26 - SAT 28 SEP

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

This heart-warming play leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a day. BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EP TICKETS & INFO:  FROM £15  0121 236 4455  birmingham-rep.co.uk

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SAT 28 SEP

SUN 29 SEP

11AM

6.30PM

SMASHING THE GLASS CEILING

WILSON ALEXANDER SHERVINGTON ANNUAL LECTURE - CAN GENETICS TELL US WHO WE ARE?

This is an event aimed at black millennials, helping them identify ways to break barriers and to become successful. A great way to network with like-minded people in a safe environment. THE BIRMINGHAM & MIDLAND INSTITUTE 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS TICKETS & INFO:  STANDARD £15 GROUP TICKET £36  blackxcellencenetwork @gmail.com

The 2019 talk will be given by Dr Sarah Abel, British cultural anthropologist. She’ll explore the links between DNA, history and identity, including the film ‘The Language You Cry’ that links the ancestry of the USA Gullah people back to Sierra Leone - followed by a live DNA ancestry reveal! MOCKINGBIRD THEATRE Custard Factory Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Places must be booked  Wilsonshervington.eventbrite.co.uk  Info@blastfest.org.uk

19 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Middle Child, presents

By Robin French

A raucous celebration of people power set to a soundtrack of Punk, Reggae and 2Tone SUPPORTED BY

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MON 30 SEP

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30 SEP – SUN

7PM

9.30AM - 4PM

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE BOOK LAUNCH

CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONFERENCE

Join Ben Lindsay for the launch of his new book ‘We Need to Talk about Race - Understanding the Black in White Majority Churches’ ASTON PARISH CHURCH Witton Lane, Birmingham B6 6QA TICKETS & INFO:  FREE   Hello@benlindsay.co.uk

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UHB NHS FOUNDATION TRUST AND THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM In celebration of Black History Month, UHB NHS Foundation Trust and the University Birmingham present a day with a panel of experts exploring their perspective of the NHS. Speakers include Dr Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University), Wendy Irwin (Royal College of Nursing), Mehrunnisa Lalani and Jo Blake (UHB), Suzanne Smith and Beverley Maynard (University of Birmingham) and Jacynth Ivey (West Midlands Ambulance Service. Lunch provided. EDUCATION CENTRE, LEVEL 1 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2GW TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Please email to register via s.m.parnell@bham.ac.uk  0121 414 6829

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TUE 1 OCT

4PM - 6PM 6:30PM

AMARA LAWRENCE EXHIBITION LAUNCH Original artwork including illustrations, interactive installations and poetry from Birmingham based multimedia artist Amara Lawrence THE GAP ARTS PROJECT 498 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  wearepunch.co.uk thegapartsproject.co.uk/ events-exhibitions

WED 2 OCT

FRI 4 OCT

7.30PM - 10.30PM

12.30PM - 1.30PM

WEDNESDAY MIC LAUNCH OF BLACK FEVER BLACK HISTORY HISTORY MONTH MONTH SPECIAL AT UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Wednesday Mic Fever is a community-based event hosted by Miss Culture Jam and Team is the epitome of artistic integrity and a perfect example of mutual respect. There is a seamless interchange between artists and audience. It is an event that will provide multi genre of cultural edutainment. Wednesday Mic Fever celebrates black history month all year round! MANGO LOUNGE 118 Aldridge Road, Perry Barr Birmingham B42 2TP TICKETS & INFO:  Admission £5  itagooden@ blueyonder.co.uk  mangolounge.club

This year’s theme for Black History Month at the University of Birmingham is “Let’s Talk about Race”. The University is engaging in the conversation around race, diversity, inclusion and equality. The programme reflects this developing work and we welcome you to join us as we discuss, present and exhibit through film, music and talks the impact of race within and outside of the University. For further information about the programme please contact: Beverley Maynard at: b.p.maynard@bham.ac.uk Refreshments and music by the University of Birmingham School’s Samba and Steel bands. All welcome. GREEN HEART University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  b.p.maynard@bham.ac.uk

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SAT 5 OCT

SAT 5 OCT

12PM - 7PM

1PM

THE BLACK HISTORY ACTIVITY BOOKS LAUNCH 2.0

BIRMINGHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL: HOMECOMING, VOICES OF THE WINDRUSH GENERATION

The biggest black history event and cultural market in the UK. Guest speakers from the USA and Africa including the HRH Queen Diambi of DR Congo, Professor James Smalls and Mfundishi. Lots of fun, edutainment and free giveaways. FREE EVENT THE NEW BINGLEY HALL 1 Hockley Circus, Hockley, Birmingham B18 5PP TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Donations are welcome  07896 494 056  bit.ly/bhalaunch blackhistoryactivitybooks.com

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Hosted by poet and presenter Sue Brown, writer Colin Grant and award-winning journalist Amelia Gentleman will discuss the real-life stories from this generation of pioneers and Amelia’s tenacious, investigative and campaigning journalism which uncovered a scandal that shook the nation. MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE Cannon Hill Park, Queens Ride Birmingham B12 9GH TICKETS & INFO:  £10/£8 concessions  0121 246 2770  ticketsource.co.uk/bhamlitfest


SAT 5 OCT

SAT 5 OCT

SUN 6 OCT

7PM

7PM

6.30PM – 11.30PM

RITUALISING SACRED AFRIKAN HISTORY WITHIN THE UNIVERSAL ROYAL AFRIKAN NATION

MILK RIVER FAMILY TREE FOUNDATION CULTURAL EVENING DINNER AND DANCE

JOHNNY OSBOURNE LIVE ON STAGE

Afrikan History is fundamental to Afrikan life. History to this mighty people is not simply about intellectual processing, History is created. History is lived. This session explores spiritual-cultural implications of history through practice for members of the Afrikan world community. YEMANJA 1st Floor, 446 Birchfield Road, Birmingham B20 3JG TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  0121 356 9289   info@u-ran.org   u-ran.org

Three course traditional Caribbean meal with entertainment from Pete Campbell, Judy Emeline, Mel Day and the Unity Church of God Gospel Choir. Grand raffle on the night to include LCD TV/DVD, Hotel Stay, £50 cash and lots more. THE H SUITE 100 Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham TICKETS & INFO:  Adults £45 Senior Citizens £40 Children £25 (12 yrs & under)  0786 797 3281

For the first time in Birmingham for over 20 years the dancehall godfather backed by the Uppercut Band Hits: Truth and Rights, Ice Cream Love, Jah Promise, Folly Ranking, Water Pumping, Purify Your Heart, Buddy Bye And Many More. Compere: Father Hovis Music By: Wassifa Showcase & Gemini Don LEGACY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE (formerly The Drum) 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU TICKETS & INFO:  £27.50 (subject to a booking fee)  0845 052 7726  johnnyosbournebham. eventbrite.co.uk

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Pre-Windrush to the Present Day A History of Black Representation on Stage at Birmingham Hippodrome FREE Exhibition Within 12 months of opening, on 24 September 1900, Jimmy Richardson the first black performer at Birmingham Hippodrome took to the stage. The intervening years have seen at least 92 further black-led acts take to the Hippodrome’s stage. In 2019, as Birmingham Hippodrome celebrates its 120th birthday and co-produces a brand new production of The Color Purple, we are delighted to present a heritage exhibition in collaboration with Blackstory Partnership that celebrates the long history of black representation on our stage. Open from 10am Mon - Sat.

birminghamhippodrome.com/visualarts Level 3 Gallery, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB


TUE 8 OCT

MON

7 OCT – SUN

13 OCT

THU 10 OCT

1.30PM - 2.30PM

1.15PM - 2PM

NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY

CELEBRATING BLACK FEMALE JAZZ VOCALISTS WITH ANNETTE GREGORY

Is the natural hair journey ‘a dreamy experience of self-discovery and liberation’ or a struggle to identify, hair type, curl pattern and dealing with your ‘edges’? Are you happy being nappy? Join us for an afternoon of expert advice on natural hair, protective styles, products to use and the sharing of your hair journey - the good the bad and the ugly! Refreshments will be available. UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE EVENT Please email to register via m.chamroo@bham.ac.uk  01212 414 4017

Annette Gregory, a celebrated jazz vocalist based in the Midlands, showcases the work of leading Black and female jazz performers during a very racially segregated period of American history. Listen as Ms Gregory with her smooth dulcet tones sing the songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone - the Queens of Jazz. UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2RT TICKETS & INFO:  £10 Please email to register and to purchase tickets via m.powell@bham.ac.uk  0121 414 4462  annettegregory.info

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THU 10 OCT

THU 10 OCT

FRI 11 OCT

8PM

5PM

1PM - 2PM

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

FILM: ‘DEAR WHITE PEOPLE’

TOUR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM’S CADBURY RESEARCH LIBRARY:

The Greatest Love of All is a critically acclaimed live concert honouring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston. Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids accompanied by the sensational National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, this is a beautifully crafted homage to one of the world’s most revered singers. SYMPHONY HALL Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EA

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, & BLACK HISTORY MONTH THEMED ARCHIVES/RARE BOOK DISPLAY

‘Dear White People’ explores racial identity in an acutely-not-post racial America. A social satire of a film, it follows the stories of four Black students at an Ivy League College. BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS SCHOOL UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE EVENT Please email to register via p.j.douglas@bham.ac.uk  0121 414 7791

TICKETS & INFO:  £48.50 - £52.50* inc. per ticket commission  +44 (0) 780 3333  bit.ly/greastestloveofall

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Want to find out about a Special Collections archive and rare book department? Find out more on our free guided tour. Open to all. See ‘behind the scenes’ in our conservation studio and strongroom; See the research facilities in our reading room. View some of the archives and rare books we hold relating to Black History. CADBURY RESEARCH LIBRARY: Special Collections Muirhead Tower (LG Floor) University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Tours are limited to 12 people booking is essential Please email to register via special-collections@ bham.ac.uk  0121 414 5839  birmingham.ac.uk/crl


FRI 11 OCT

SAT 12 OCT

SAT 12 OCT

7.45PM

6.30PM

7.30PM - 10.30PM

HIT THE ODE

THE ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICAN NATIONALS - LOCAL HEROES & THE BE INSPIRED GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY

POWER IN POETRY 7TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Hit the Ode is a performance poetry night bringing remarkable spoken word artists to Birmingham. October’s edition is the Hippodrome Young Poets (HYP) Showcase, celebrating the work of some of Birmingham’s finest spoken word artists and the launch of their first anthology. PATRICK STUDIO AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside Birmingham B5 4TB TICKETS & INFO:  £5 in advance £8 on the door  0844 338 5000*  birmingham hippodrome.com * Prices and discounts are subject to change. Postage from £1.50. Terms and conditions apply. Calls cost 4.5p per min. Plus phone company’s access charge

The Association of Jamaican Nationals is pleased to be once again hosting the above- headed event. This has proven to be hugely successful not only in embracing and with the wider community, the important historical context of our National Heroes but also in celebrating the positive virtues of Jamaican culture and its people and the contribution to the economic, social, and political and community life of the United Kingdom. THE HOLTE BANQUETING SUITE, ASTON VILLA FC Trinity Road, Aston Birmingham B6 4HE

Will have a diverse mix of poets from across the globe, dedicated to raising the awareness and participation of poetry. It aims to motivate, inspire and create, while providing a platform for young poets and seasoned older models to captivate their community audience in using spoken word as a tool. GROUND CENTRAL LOUNGE 55 Station Street Birmingham B5 4DY TICKETS & INFO:  £10 Children are free  07944 261 260

TICKETS & INFO:  £55.00  0121 454 6990  bit.ly/jamaicannationals  info@ajnbirmingham.org.uk

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SAT 12 OCT SOUND SYSTEM PANEL DISCUSSION 5-7PM MUSIC AND DIGITAL  ART PROJECTIONS BY WASSIFA SOUND SYSTEM 7-10PM

THE KNIGHTS OF THE TURNTABLES From the limited technology and hand-built s ound boxes of the 1970s to entertaining massive crowds today, Wassifa has been instrumental in the development and rise of reggae music in t he city of Birmingham and throughout the UK. Brought to the UK by migration from Jamaica, reggae music and the sound system transcended racial and cultural barriers and have had a widespread influence on British culture at large and especially the emergence of African Caribbean youth culture in the UK. PATRICK STUDIO BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside Birmingham, B5 4TB

SUN 13 OCT

1PM

IDA B WELLS EDGBASTON WALK Black Heritage Walks Network is a group that highlights the historical and modern-day achievements of the African-Caribbean community in and around Britain. The network has researched and created a series of black heritage trails across the West Midlands. We have 2 walks during Black History Month Ida B Wells Edgbaston Walk and Madiba Handsworth Walk. EDGBASTON COMMUNITY CENTRE 40 Woodview Drive, Birmingham B15 2HU TICKETS & INFO:  Various Prices (inc. concessions)  recognizeonline.com/ tags/black-heritagewalks-networks

TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  birminghamhippodrome. com/calendar/knightsof-the-turntables

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SUN 13 OCT

DOORS OPEN 6.45PM SHOWTIME 7.30PM

BACK TO THE OLD SKOOL - BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL Back To The Old Skool brings a Black History Month Special with acts from your favourite old skool comedy shows such as Real McCoy, Blouse and Skirt, the A Force and more. Hosted by the legends that are Eddie Nestor (Real McCoy) and Robbie Gee (Desmonds, Real McCoy, Snatched) Urban Comedies most animated Comedian - Kat (MTV), The Duchess of Comedy  - Glenda Jaxson (Blouse and Skirt). GLEE CLUB Arcadian, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TD TICKETS & INFO:  £17.50  07967225642  luventertainment.co.uk


MON 14 OCT

TUE 15 OCT

8PM

7.30PM

THE SONGS OF STEVIE WONDER STARRING BEVERLEY KNIGHT

DADA MASILO GISELLE

After an incredible response to the news that Tom Chaplin will be touring the UK performing the hits of Queen, it is announced today that UK soul queen Beverley Knight will celebrate the songs of Stevie Wonder on a 10-date UK tour this autumn. SYMPHONY HALL Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EA TICKETS & INFO:  £43 - £63* inc. Per ticket commission  0121 780 3333  bit.ly/songsofsteviewonder

South Africa’s renowned choreographer, Dada Masilo, presents her fearless reimagining of the iconic classic, Giselle. Masilo’s Giselle tells the story of a trusting peasant girl who is thrust into a world of betrayal and shame when her lover rejects her. BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside Birmingham B5 4TB TICKETS & INFO:  £15 Friends, groups and general concessions are available*  08443385000  birmingham hippodrome.com * Prices and discounts are subject to change. Postage from £1.50. Terms and conditions apply. Calls cost 4.5p per min. Plus phone company’s access charge

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20 OCT

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WED 16 OCT

WED 16 OCT

THU 17 OCT

12.30PM - 1.30PM

6.30PM

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE: AN INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND INTERSECTIONALITY

ROOTS ROCK REGGAE FILM: REALITY OF PARTITION Dojo Community Project in THE IMPACT OF partnership with Birmingham Community Libraries, presents INDEPENDENCE the 11th Annual Roots Rock ON BIRMINGHAM Reggae event. Come and join

How do we explain race and the impact it has had for people of colour? This event examines race through the lens of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Come along to this introductory presentation to understand how these two key concepts work in discussions around race. MAIN LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT

1PM - 4PM

Mr Handsworth MBE, to celebrate 71 years of the Windrush Journey, and enjoy an evening filled with positive vibes and performances from local artists. HANDSWORTH LIBRARY Soho Road Birmingham B21 9ST TICKETS & INFO:  £5  0121 464 1185

TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  For further info email b.p.maynard@bham.ac.uk

The partition of India in 1947 resulted in the formation of two nations - India and Pakistan. This event will show an extract from the film “The Reality of Partition” and discussion around separation, race, class and gender politics will examine the impact amongst those who settled in Birmingham. EXACT LOCATION TBC UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Please register via Indi Deol  desiblitz.com  07827914593

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THU 17 OCT

FRI 18 OCT

FRI 18 OCT

7PM

7.30PM

12PM - 1PM

CARROLL THOMPSON LIVE

SOME LIKE IT HIP HOP

“LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE AND THE MENOPAUSE”

Punch Records presents none other than the ‘ Queen of Lovers Rock’ herself, the multi award winning Carroll Thompson, which promises to be a night to remember that no Lovers Rock fan should miss. THE JAM HOUSE 3-5 St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1QU TICKETS & INFO:  £12/£15 on the door  bit.ly/Carrollthompson punchbass.com  0121 224 7444

ZooNation’s ‘Some Like it Hip Hop’ thrilled audiences when it opened, prompting an Oliver Award nomination and five-star reviews with its “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent). Written and directed by Birmingham Hippodrome Associate Artist Kate Prince. BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside Birmingham B5 4TB TICKETS & INFO:  From £19.50 Friends, groups & general concessions are available*  08443385000*  birmingham hippodrome.com * Prices and discounts are subject to change. Postage from £1.50. Terms and conditions apply. Calls cost 4.5p per min. Plus phone company’s access charge

Professor Jo Duberley introduces a frank discussion about the last taboo the menopause and its impact on women of colour. Come along and share your experiences and tips for surviving the menopause! Exact location TBC University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE EVENT Please email to register via n.millan@bham.ac.uk  N Millan 0121 414 2214

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FRI 18 OCT

4.30PM MATINEE 7.30PM EVENING

BRUM: HERSTORIES

A play reading of a new play written by Lorna French. Grandmother. Mother. Granddaughter. Three generations of African Caribbean women navigate their lives over 70 years in Birmingham and the West Midlands. HEXAGON THEATRE MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE Cannon Hill Park Queen’s Side Birmingham B12 9QH TICKETS & INFO:  0121 446 3232  brumherstories@ gmail.com

FRI 18 OCT

SAT 19 OCT

6PM - 9PM

10.30AM - 5.30PM

ERDINGTON ARTS FORUM ‘EVENING OF CREATIVITY’ CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

CARIBBEAN CULTURAL FAMILY DAY

For the second year running, the Erdington Arts Forum invites you to spend a night at their Evening of Creativity, in honour of Black History Month. Hear empowering stories through spoken word and enjoy an evening of entertaining music from performers - local and who travel from afar. Children are welcome!  OIKOS CAFE 58 High Street, Erdington Birmingham B23 6RH  FREE ENTRY with a suggested £5 entry for those who can afford FACEBOOK-F cafeartsforum

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The Roy Anthony Reid Foundation, a Birmingham based Charitable Trust is hosting an African Caribbean themed Cultural day as part of this year’s Black History month celebrations. Join us for a feast of cultures including music, African drumming, poetry, food stalls, jewellery, health products, Charities, and an exhibition celebrating and honouring black history and the Windrush generation. Free entrance to the public ALL SAINTS CENTRE 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7RA TICKETS & INFO:  royareidfoundation@ gmail.com  royareidfoundation. org.uk


SAT 19 OCT

SUN 20 OCT

SUN 20 OCT

8PM - 11PM

7.30PM

PANNEL CROFT VILLAGE BLACK HISTORY EVENT

AN EVENING WITH LENNY HENRY: FREEDOM WHO AM I, AGAIN? THE BLACK HISTORY EXPERIENCE

Social gathering for Pannel Croft residents, friends of the village, and the wider community to celebrate the achievement of Black History Trail Blazers. PANNEL CROFT VILLAGE 290 Hospital Street Newtown, Birmingham B19 2YX TICKETS & INFO:  £5  gobbinsingh6@ hotmail.co.uk

5PM Arrival 6PM Event starts 9PM Dance

Join the legendary Sir Lenny Henry as he recounts setting out on his rollercoaster ride of a career. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I, Again?’ BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside Birmingham B5 4TB TICKETS & INFO:  From £32.50*  08443 385 000*  birminghamhippodrome. com * Prices and discounts are subject to change. Postage from £1.50. Terms and conditions apply. Calls cost 4.5p per min. Plus phone company’s access charge

Freedom is a Black History production which will be taking place during October. We aim to provide an entertainment filled evening suitable for all the family, with a variety of creative arts to commemorate black events and achievements over the centuries. THE H SUITE 100 Icknield Port Road Birmingham B16 0AA TICKETS & INFO:  £45 plus online booking fee  07393 362 865 

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TUE 22 - THU 24 OCT TUE TO THU 1PM WED & THU 7PM

EMANUEL GAT YOOO!!!

Emanuel Gat YOOO!!! is a new hip-hop inspired piece for all ages. This choreography draws on a variety of street dance styles and incorporates interactive elements with its audience. The music soundtrack builds through video projection, imbuing the dancers with percussion, bass and electronic waves. PATRICK STUDIO, BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB TICKETS & INFO:  From £10 Friends, groups and general concessions are available*  08443 385 000*  birminghamhippodrome.com * Prices and discounts are subject to change. Postage from £1.50. Terms and conditions apply. Calls cost 4.5p per min. Plus phone company’s access charge

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BLACK PERFORMERS AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME 1900 – 1947 BESSIE LEE Coloured Patti an American greatest coloured Prima Donna 5 November 1900

THE COTTON BLOSSOM QUARTET Four coloured artistes who sing well in unison 6 November 1905

WH DOWNS Coloured Australian ballad vocalist 21 January 1901

8 BLACK STREAKS OF DANCE Fastest dancing team in the world 18 May 1931

KIT KEEN Coloured comedian 5 February 1906

AUSTEL AND ARTHUR Colonial entertainers 16 May 1932

RASTUS AND BANKS Two duetists who visited Birmingham before 9 April 1906

G H ELLIOT Original chocolate coloured singer 9 July 1945, 4 March 1946, 7 April 1947,

VICTORIA MONKS Comedian and vocalist 14 April 1902

WILL ENGLISH HAROLD HEATH Humorous neuro comedian Singer and dancer 10 March 1902 1 November 1909 KATE GOURLAY JJ MANIXX Singer and great buck Coffee coloured 12 December 1904 performer 14 November 1910 MR LA SMITH AND MISS C JOHNSON Coloured duetists the original Naval 17 July 1905 CHARLIE FANNING Patter comedian and singer 24 July 1905 & 17 September 1906

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WED 23 OCT

WED 23 OCT

THU 24 OCT

7PM - 9PM

9PM

5.30PM

THE DOLL TEST: THE BIRTH OF SELF HATE

REACHING THE POOR

FILM: PARIAH

Homeschool Social Enterprise is a black owned charity and we serve homeless people (including BME people) in the Handsworth area by delivering food to them regularly. Will be holding a black history event feeding the poor and raising money to provided food and clothing for the poor on the street and in hostels. People will be able to see what black teachers are doing to help all the people of Handsworth. Feeding the poor and raising money to provide food and clothing for the poor on the street and in hostels. JUNCTION OF HOLLY RD & HAMSTEAD RD Handsworth, Birmingham B20

Dee Rees’ film “Pariah” lay bare the complex intersectionality of racism in the US. The movie tells the story of Alike, a young teenage girl living in Brooklyn and dealing with the reality of being gay and black in a relatively conservative area. ROOM 223-224 MURRAY LEARNING CENTRE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE EVENT Please email to register via w.taylor@bham.ac.uk  0121 414 5837

SCREENING AND Q&A WITH GUEST PANELLIST

Based on the 1940’s experiment by psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark who examined the psychological effects of segregation on AfricanAmerican children. This documentary looks into how today’s young society identifies race and how they subliminally see themselves. BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street Birmingham B4 7BD TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  Natasha@thetggroup. co.uk  thedolltest.eventbrite.com

TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  07500416635  homeschoolsocial enterprise.org activechristians.org.uk

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FRI 25 OCT

FRI 25 OCT

12.45PM - 13.30PM

7.30PM

REPRESENTATIONS OF COLONIAL ERA ‘SELF AND OTHER’ IN THE DANFORD COLLECTION OF WEST AFRICAN ART AND ARTEFACTS

JAZZ JAMAICA ALL STARS: THE TROJAN STORY

Focusing on the late period of British Colonial rule in Nigeria (1900-1960) we will discuss the work of a number of artists represented in the collection including Ben Enwonwu, Thomas Ona and Yusuf Grillo. RESEARCH AND CULTURAL COLLECTIONS STUDY CENTRE 32 Pritchatts Road, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2SD (R6 on the campus map) TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Booking is required  bit.ly/danfordcollection1  0121 414 6750

Established in 1968, Trojan was the first company to distribute the music of Jamaica on a grand scale, becoming for many in the UK the first point of contact with the island’s music and culture. And offering a meeting place for young people to celebrate in sound what unites rather than divides us. TOWN HALL Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ TICKETS & INFO:  £12.50 - £30.50 * inc. per ticket commission  0121 780 3333  bit.ly/jazzjamaica

THE DANFORD COLLECTION

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SAT 26 OCT

SAT 26 OCT

SAT 26 OCT

5PM - 8PM

7PM

7PM

BEATS AND BAKES: LIAM CHARLES X WEYLAND MCKENZIE

MOVIE VIDEO & SCREEN AWARDS

RITUALISING SACRED AFRIKAN HISTORY WITHIN THE UNIVERSAL ROYAL AFRIKAN NATION

A conceptual conversationalist music show plus no-holdsbarred Q&A, hosted by Rapper/DJ Weyland McKenzie (aka Wey & Nephew) and Team GB’s Reuben Arthur. Plus special guest, British baker and presenter of Bake Off: The Professionals, Liam Charles. Futuristic Beats and Baking! IMPACT HUB Walker Building 58 Oxford Street Birmingham B5 5NR

The 13th Annual Movie Video & Screen Awards,(MViSAs) returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham, The MViSAs is the UK’s Premiere Awards ceremony for people of colour recognising the achievements of black actors in the film and television industry. The Awards will be hosted by Hollyoaks actor Karl Collins, Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu. Performances by American Soul Diva Meli’sa Morgan, supported by Lover’s Rock Icon Paulette Tajah, Jermain Jackman, and rising talent, JAHV. ICC BIRMINGHAM Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA TICKETS & INFO:  From £65 - £75  ticketbaby.co.uk/mvsa13

TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  PunchBass.com

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Afrikan History is fundamental to Afrikan life. History to this mighty people is not simply about intellectual processing, History is created. History is lived. This session explores spiritualcultural implications of history through practice for members of the Afrikan world community. YEMANJA 1st Floor 446 Birchfield Road Birmingham B20 3JG TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  u-ran.org  0121 356 9289  email info@u-ran.org


SAT 26 & SUN 27 OCT

PART 1 SAT 6PM - 10PM PART 2 SUN 7PM - 11PM

BASS2019 WEEKENDER

BASS 2019 presents the sound of the future! 2 days of live music featuring performances by Big Zeeks, Jevon, Randy Valentine, Aleighcia Scott, Cali P, Italo Skarcha and Jazwad plus DJ set by Immortal Sound System and more. THE VAULT 123 High Street Birmingham B12 0JU TICKETS & INFO:  £10  PunchBass.com

SUN 27 OCT

SUN 27 OCT

10.30AM

2.30PM

TAN ROSIE BLACK STEAM 2019 CARIBBEAN COOKERY Celebrating Black brilliance SCHOOL - CARIBBEAN and living history makers in Technology, STREETFOOD LESSON Science, Engineering, Arts, and Why go to the Caribbean to eat streetfood when you can learn here with us in sunny Birmingham?! We will be showing you how to make some delicious Caribbean streetfood dishes that are super easy to make! TAN ROSIE CARIBBEAN COOKERY SCHOOL Unit 4 Chancel Way Industrial Estate Chancel Way, Witton Birmingham B6 7AU TICKETS & INFO:  £99  bit.ly/tanrosie  Info@tanrosie.com

Maths! An afternoon showcase of inspirational talks and performance, our guest speakers will take you on a journey through their personal stories of discovery, perseverance and success! THINKTANK, BIRMINGHAM SCIENCE MUSEUM Millennium Point Curzon Street Birmingham B4 7XG TICKETS & INFO:  FREE Booking is required  bit.ly/blacksteam2019  Info@blastfest.org.uk

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MON 28 OCT

1PM

LUNCHTIME ORGAN CONCERT WAYNE MARSHALL

MON

28 OCT – SUN

3 NOV

Virtuoso pianist, inspirational conductor and organist extraordinaire - whatever he chooses to do, Wayne Marshall is one of the most charismatic figures in 21st century music. But the organ remains his first love, and today, as he makes a very welcome return to Symphony Hall, he’s unlikely to hold back. “I’m there to entertain the audience” he says, and there’s absolutely no doubt that he will. SYMPHONY HALL Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EA TICKETS & INFO:  £6  +44 (0) 121 780 3333   bit.ly/ waynemarshallconcert

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TUE 29 THU 31 OCT

7.30PM

BLACK MEN WALKING Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk. They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk… Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards. MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE Cannon Hill Park Queens Ride Birmingham B12 9GH TICKETS & INFO:  FROM £15  0121 446 3232  bit.ly/blackmenwalking


WED 30 OCT

11.30AM - 4PM

BLACK STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

This symposium aims to bring together and engage criminal justice agencies, policy makers, practitioners, and educators, who may view the BA (Hons) Black Studies in Criminal Justice System degree, playing a significant role in developing workforce capability. Prospective students welcome. ROOM C502 & C503 CURZON BUILDING Birmingham City University, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD TICKETS & INFO:  FREE booking is essential  bit.ly/blackstudiesevent

EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS AFRICAN DRUMMING CLASS WITH FIESHAH AMLAK EVERY THURSDAY AT 7PM SEP 12, 19 & 26 OCT 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 NOV 14, 21 & 28 DEC 5, 12 & 19 The classes are aimed to promote, develop & sustain African & Caribbean drumming methodologies through the workshop experience. Instruments will be provided but participants can come along with their drum. LOZELLS COMMUNITY METHODIST CHURCH 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells, Birmingham B19 2AP TICKETS & INFO:  £84 for the 14 week block £6 per session  07967 413 206  fieshahamlak@yahoo.co.uk

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EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS “LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE”

MON 23 SEP - TUE 22 OCT

AMARA LAWRENCE EXHIBITION

VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION

TUE 1 - MON 14 OCT

Create a piece of visual art (painting, drawing, photograph etc) in any style or medium that depicts and/or interprets the theme “Let’s talk about race”.

SHORT STORY COMPETITION Create a short story that “talks about race” in no more than 800 words and be factual, fictional, serious or funny.

POETRY COMPETITION Create a poem that “talks about race” in no more than 200 words and be factual, fictional, serious or funny. MAIN LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE ENTREY When submitting your entry, please include a brief statement about your art piece and include your name, age, email address and contact number to: Beverley Maynard, Reception Desk, Main Library, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT or email b.p.maynard@bham.ac.uk by the 22 Oct 2019. Age categories for entries: 12 and under, 13-17 and 18 and over

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Original artwork including illustrations, interactive installations and poetry from Birmingham based multimedia artist Amara Lawrence THE GAP ARTS PROJECT 498 Moseley Road Balsall Heath Birmingham B12 9AH TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  wearepunch.co.uk bit.ly/AmaraLawrence


THE RESURRECTION OF MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY 1 TO 31 OCT EVERY 2 HOURS On A Level Productions and Newstyle Radio collaborate on an historic project. 2019 marks 132 years since Marcus Mosiah Garvey died in the UK, London. From October 1st – 31st, 31 men will read one of Marcus Garvey’s speeches every day. NEWSTYLE RADIO 98.7FM 336 Dudley Road, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4HB TICKETS & INFO:  0121 455 6382  newstyleradio.co.uk


EXHIBITION OF BRITISH ASIAN LIFESTYLE

BLACK CHRONICLES PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION

TUE 1 - THU 31 OCT

10AM - 7PM

10AM - 5PM

The exhibition of Asian Lifestyle really captures the ‘here and now’ in British society. Through art, fashion, culture and ‘gupshup’ see what is really going on in this exhibition All are welcome. MAIN LIBRARY University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT TICKETS & INFO:  FREE   desiblitz.com

MON 14 - SAT 26 OCT

An amazing exhibition delving into the Victorian past and the Black population These portraits of individuals of African and Asian heritage bear witness to Britain’s imperial history of empire and expansion. They highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to Britain. MEDICINE BAKERY 69a New Street, Birmingham B2 4DU TICKETS & INFO:  FREE   recognizeonline.com  blackstorypartnership@gmail.com

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019 AT CLARE COURT CARE HOME Clare Court Care Home will be having a variety of Black History month events 1 OCT to 4 OCT Sensory experience into Black History 3 OCT 3PM - 4PM Caribbean Melodies Steel Band 17 OCT 3PM - 4PM With Jackie - A mixture of Poetry/Folk dancing incorporated into talks about Black History. 23 OCT 3PM - 4PM Ken Mclean ‘Chronicles of a Rastaman’ 25 OCT Light Post Theatre Company, a black and duel heritage group aged between 16 -25 Performance Poetry CLARE COURT CARE HOME Clinton Street, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4BJ TICKETS & INFO: For more information about Events & Activities ring:  L Wakefield 0121 554 9101 or 07889 226 060

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRAIL AND COMPETITION

BASS2019 EXHIBITION HERO FILM SCREENING BIRMINGHAM TUE 22 - SUN 27 OCT PREMIERE

MON 21 OCT MON 4 NOV

Exclusive preview of our BASS 2019 exhibition, featuring fresh work by multimedia artists Emmanuel Unaji, Najma Abdulle and photographer Adama Jalloh. Be the first to see this new futuristic work, vibes & exhibition - meet the artists and enjoy live music in the bespoke gallery. ARCH 21 THE CUSTARD FACTORY, Gibb St, Digbeth Birmingham B9 4AA

Come along to the Children’s Library to take part in our interactive Black History Month trail and competition. Explore, learn and discover more with our Black British Culture and Arts book collection. FREE CHILDREN’S LIBRARY LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  0121 303 6753  birmingham.gov.uk/ libraries  Mon - Tue 11am - 7pm Wed - Thu 11am - 5pm Fri - Sat 11am - 5pm

TICKETS & INFO:  FREE  PunchBass.com

SAT 9 NOV 5PM Inspired by the life and times of Ulric Cross whose life spanned key moments of the 20th Century like WW2, African independence, Black Power, the rise of a new brand of Black leadership around the world - all events that have shaped the world today. Q and A with Director FrancesAnne Solomon and Actor Nicolas Salcedo. TICKETS & INFO:  TBC  macbirmingham.co.uk

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WED 18 DEC

7PM - 10.30PM

TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM VICTORIA SQUARE B3 3DQ

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Birmingham Black History Month 2019  

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