Black History Month
Nottinghamshire 2021

What is Black History Month?
It began in the 1920's in the USA, where it is celebrated in February, initially as a Week.

It became a month long in the early 1970's and has now become an established part of the social calendar.

It was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 in London before spreading over the whole country. It is celebrated in the UK in October.

The aim is to celebrate the place of black people in our history.


Why is it important?

Black History Month is designed to counter the bias in our society in favour of white people and specifically towards the way that history is told from a white point of view. It is also intended to challenge the assumption that black people have not made a significant contribution to society.

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What's going on in and around Nottinghamshire

There are lots of things going off in Nottz to celebrate Black History Month. There will be cultural events, discussions, films, documentaries, lectures, workshop and a whole lot of fun.

Here are some of the highlights.

Artist Studio Visits
Mac Collins and Sofia Yala

New Art Exchange

6th October,

Join us and meet our two artists in residence Mac Collins and Sofia Yala who will be doing a studio visit and talk about their artistic practice. It will be a great occasion to connect and discuss their current work and projects, as their 4UBU residency ends.

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Nabil Abdulrashid

Just The Tonic - Metronome, Nottingham

6th October,

After reaching the final of Britain's Got Talent 2020, Nabil Abdulrashid brings his brand-new stand-up show on tour.

From growing up under military rule in northern Nigeria to falling into legal trouble as a teenager in south London, join Nabil as he recollects the remarkable, chaotic and sometimes tragic (but always hilarious) story of his life so far.

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Nottingham Contempory

7th October,

Join us for a newly commissioned performance by electronic artist Afrodeutsche intertwining contemporary sound with the life and work of historical composers, Gertrud Grunow and Daphne Oram.

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Live at The Chapel

8th October,

Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya met as teenagers. Bonding as individual artists in their own right, over time they formed a firm friendship built on encouragement and support for one another. They joined forces to gig the Nottingham music scene; inevitably cultivating a longstanding desire to produce original music together. Finally it is here in the form of MELONYX' debut EP 'Black Elixir'.

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Freddie Kofi

New Art Exchange

8th October,

The Ivors Academy winner, and MOBO Nominee Freddie Kofi will be performing new songs crafted during the difficult season of the past eighteen months.

Looking through a retrospective lens of the past year and a half, going into and coming out of lockdown and the global impact of racial injustice, ‘Sing’ offers a fresh and more personal perspective of ‘what does the future look like?’ With inspiration drawn from his gospel, folk and acoustic soul roots, Freddie aims to capture the audience’s experience in the narrative of the songs.

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Black History Month Panel Discussion
Shanine Fasasi

Strelley Road Library

14th October,

We are inviting you to join in the Diversify Education and Communities CIC Black History Month Panel Discussion event. This event will take place on Thursday 14th October 2021 at 10:00am- 1:00pm

Our panellists will feature a phenomenal line up of fantastic guest speakers who will be focusing discussions and conversation on the theme:- Black Futures – a discussion about taking action and campaigning for change

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Real Talk: Black Histroy Month
Open Mic Poetry

Maypole Derby

14th October,

Real Talk is back celebrating Black History Month! An evening of great spoken word and music. Featuring Manjit Sahota from Poets Against Racism Soulful singer Karolina. Rapper Pheenix

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White Riot

Djanogly Theatre

14th October,

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Award-winning story of the movement that began Rock against Racism and united punk, ska, reggae and new wave against the National Front in the 1970s.

The film also provides a timely reminder of the power of music in bringing people together to effect change.

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Comedy Shutdown Black History Month Special - Nottingham

The Glee Club Nottingham

17th October,

Join COBO : Comedy Of Black Origin as we bring our Black History Month Special to Nottingham with an almighty bang! About this event COBO: Comedy Shutdown comes to Nottingham with an almighty bang.

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Pop Culture
Loyiso Gola

Lakeside Arts

21st October,

Fresh off the release of his hour-long Netflix stand-up special Unlearning, Loyiso Gola takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world.

As seen on: Netflix, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Late Night News with Loyiso Gola.

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Lakeside Arts

23rd October,

Josephine Baker became an original 20th Century icon. Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine truly broke the mould. But almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory faces closure.

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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry
Curve Theatre, Leicester

26th October,

Join us this Black History Month for a rehearsed reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama A Raisin in the Sun. This special performance will also be followed by BlackChat, an after-show discussion led by Curve Associate Company Serendipity with reflections on the role playwrights across the world have had in sharing stories of Black lived experiences.

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Exile, Magic & Power

Lakeside Arts

27th October,

Join world-leading storyteller Jan Blake for a tale like no other. Using the powerful story of Exile, Magic and Power – which is told by griots across West Africa but is rarely heard in the UK – about the legendary 13th Century Malian King Sundiata Keita as the bedrock for the piece, Jan and her team will work together to try out different ideas, technologies and ways of interacting with audiences to forge an exciting new path for Digital Storytelling.

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How To Deal With Micro-Aggressions

De Montfort Univeristy

28th October,

DMU is proud to be working towards becoming an anti-racist university. In Black History Month we will launch our anti-racism lectures, which will discuss topics such as, ‘what is anti-racism work?’, ‘intersectionality’ and ‘decolonising the curriculum’. These talks will enable students and staff to learn, ask questions and be part of DMU’s changing culture.

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Shazia Mirza

The Glee Club, Nottingham

31st October,

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show; ‘Coconut’.

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