Celebrating Black History Month in Camden

Throughout October, Black History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. This year’s Black History Month in Camden will be celebrated with storytelling workshops, walks and exhibitions.

Camden Black Worker’s Group, supported by Camden Council and UNISON will also be holding a special free event on Friday 19 October to mark the 70th anniversary of Windrush. Find out more below.

Windrush – inspiring the young generation: Friday 19 October

Everyone is invited to the Crowndale Centre on Friday 19 October for ‘Windrush: inspiring a younger generation’, an action-packed evening with a range of special guest performers and speakers.

Organised by Camden Black Workers Group and Camden UNISON, with support from the council, the event will shine a light on what younger generations can learn from the generation invited from the Caribbean to help rebuild the UK after the Second World War.

The event will begin at 4pm with a range of exhibitors and marketstalls. Performances will start from 6.30pm. Talented rapper, storyteller and poet Alim Kamara will be compere for the evening and will be joined by guests including:

  • Winston Reedy, UK-based reggae singer
  • Michael de Souza, author and creator of the books and television series Rastamouse
  • Dennis Bovell, Producer, musician, songwriter, film makerAlex Pascal, OBE, broadcaster, journalist, musician, composer, oral historian and educator
  • Glenda Jaxson, award winning comedian
  • Reggae Fraternity UK, keeping reggae alive in the UK, will be bringing a special performance with their young talent

The event is free. Food and drinks will be available

There will be British Sign Language interpreters and wheelchair access at this event.

For more information email cbwg@camden.gov.uk

Click here to register for tickets

More Black History Month Camden events

More Black History Month events taking place in Camden are listed below

Keats House Poets Black History Month special: Writing Our Roots and Rhythms

An evening of West African drumming with a poetry writing workshop, followed by an open mic.

Thursday 18 October, 6.30 to 9.30pm

Booking recommended.

For more information, click here

Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

Welcomed by some as ‘Sons of Empire.’ Vilified by those spreading fears of a ‘black invasion.’ 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London, hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?

Exhibition telling the story of the Empire Windrush and how the people who came here have shaped Britain over the past 70 years.

Visit the website for more information

British Library, Open until Sun 21 Oct 2018, Free

Join a series of site-specific curated sound tour inspired by the exhibition Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

  • Wednesday 10 October: 6pm
  • Saturday 13 October: 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

To book, click here.

‘Style in My DNA’ by Lorna Holder

Chronicling 70 years of Caribbean influence on British Fashion. Following its launch at the V&A in June this year, the book will have its Black History Month presentation in Camden at Swiss Cottage Library. Join Lorna in conversation with contributors from her book, plus book reading and signing.

20 October, 2.30pm- 4.30pm, Swiss Cottage Library (atrium area).

Rhyme time

During October Black History Month, Camden Libraries host Rhyme and Storytime for the Under 5’s with Tyan.

30 minutes of happy engagement - Free of Charge

Monadys in October: St Pancras Square, 10:15am

Tuesdays in October: Kentish Town, 10:15am. West Hampstead, 11:30am.

Wednesday's in October: Swiss Cottage, 10:15am. Queens Crescent, 11:30am.

Saturday 20th and 27th: Kentish Town, 1pm

Black at UCL 

An exhibition celebrating the past and present faces of UCL. Discover the contributions that students, staff and alumni have made to UCL and beyond

UCL Wilkins Building, 09:00-19:00, 1 October – 2 November 2018. Free

First Amoungst Equals

Remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Museum’s displays. Baroness Valerie Amos (First Female of Colour to be a Vice Chancellor of a university and first black female cabinet minister) has selected a billet for Mary Lamas for this particular exhibition. The item will be on display from the 23rd of October.

The Foundling Museum, Free

More information here. 

Listen to Her!

It’s time to turn the volume up on past and present ordinary Egyptian women. Hear El Gawad’s thoughts on unlearning the traditional museum story, alongside UK-based Egyptian women.

Egyptian women have been at the forefront of Egypt’s political and economic struggles, with nearly 3 million protesting against sexual harassment in 2013; yet their fight against social stigmas at home and abroad remains largely unnoticed in the West.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, 18:00, 19th October. Free

Free curator talk
Hear from the exhibition's guest curator and Egyptologist Heba Abd el Gawad at 18:00, Friday 19 October 2018 at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

To read more about the Black History related exhibitions on the Museum Mile click here!