October is Black History Month. Hammersmith & Fulham Council is holding a huge range of events to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people – not just in H&F, but across London.
To help residents get involved, we’ve developed a calendar of events that are accessible and informative to residents, schools, academies, our staff and partners to enhance learning and education for all.
Cllr Rebecca Harvey, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety, said: “We want to show how much we value our African and Caribbean communities and honour their contributions to shaping the community and culture of H&F.”
And Cllr Sharon Holder, H&F Cabinet Member for Public Realm said: “Please join us for our Black History Month celebrations and help us explore the fantastic heritage of our borough. We have four new Black history trails to enjoy – featuring the former Greensleeves Records shop in Shepherds Bush Green and Marcus Garvey Park in West Kensington.”
If you’d like to find out more about the history and heritage of H&F, visit Celebrating H&F: A borough like no other.
Here are our Top Five event picks for the month:
Black History Trail launch
Date: Saturday 1 October 2022
Where: Riverside Studios, Hammersmith W6
Join us for the official launch of our Black History Trails. The trails are a series of walks around the borough that will take you to iconic landmarks and hidden gems where local and national heroes from the Black community lived, worked and died.
Representation Matters: An art display
Date: Until 31 October 2022
Where: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith W6
Come and see this year's art exhibition provided by school students, celebrating diversity in literature. Pieces include drawings of favourite characters or original character ideas to fuel the discussion of why representation is so important in the arts for young people.
‘Everyday Things’ in White City: A photography and archives show and tell
Date: Saturday 8 October 2022
Where: Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road W6
Register: Online via Eventbrite
‘Everyday Things’ is a geography (practice-related) PhD project led by Nathaniel Télémaque that collaboratively visualises the experiences of a kinship collective of young Black adults living in White City.
Exclusively using analogue photography formats as homage to the family photo albums, these contemporary photographs focus on creating original representations of Blackness in west London.
Hidden resistance: The history of invisible defiance during transatlantic slavery
Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022
Where: Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue, Fulham SW6
African mask making workshop and poetry workshop with spoken word poet Adisa.
If you also wish to join 'a tour for the curious', an immersive family tour of Fulham Palace for all ages, there is a small additional charge.
The event must be pre-booked via the Fulham Palace website.
Music Night: Finale – Playing music of Black origin through the decades. Performed by DJ Smiley
Date: Thursday 27 October 2022
Time: 7pm till late
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams
Registration: Join the event by registering online
Keith Simpson (aka DJ Smiley) will be bringing the vibe at our finale event. As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to trace the Black music history of some of our favourite music genres from calypso to hip hop, reggae, soul, R&B to Afrobeat.
Come and party with us but in the comfort of your own home as DJ Smiley will come through. An event not to be missed!
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