Black History Season 2022
This October, Camden Council is proud to launch our Black History Season for 2022 – a programme of events focused on health and wellbeing, art, culture, music, and history, running until December.
This is Camden’s third Black History Season since extending Black History Month in 2020 and dedicating three months to celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of Black people across Camden and the UK.
“Black History Season is an opportunity for us to come together across Camden and loudly and proudly celebrate our Black African and Caribbean diaspora, our rich culture and history, and the contributions these communities have made and continue to make to Camden’s vibrant diversity.
“I’m so proud to be involved in this year’s season and I encourage everyone across Camden to have a look at the programme – there’s something for everyone. I also want to thank our community partners who helped develop and will help running this ambitious season of events.
“This year’s theme is health and wellbeing – I’m sure lots of people will be keen to take part in a yoga session or join a supper club. However, wellbeing is about looking after our minds as much as our bodies, and there will be opportunities to explore art and culture and to better understand our history too. Whether it is in person or virtual, I’m delighted that this programme makes this accessible to everyone across Camden.”
The majority of the Camden-run events this year are free, with a small number of events having a low entry fee. Camden are working with a range of cultural partners including the British Library, The Place, Camden’s People Theatre and the Roundhouse to bring a fantastic range of events and activities.
Whether it’s the Proud to Be launch event showcasing the spoken word, our event for aspiring entrepreneurs, book clubs for those ready to dive into new literary worlds, guided history tours or stories of local African or Caribbean Camden residents and their contributions, there’s something for everyone in the programme.
You can find out more and see the full programme at lovecamden.org/blackhistoryseason and on Camden Council’s social channels. There are also some highlights of the season below.
“Camden Black Workers Group celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and we are proud to have a strong history of supporting Black and Ethnic minority groups within Camden Council. We have put on a series of events highlighting Black history over the past 9 years and we are looking forward to celebrating this year’s Black History Season too.
“This is an important and special opportunity for all our residents across Camden to learn more about Black history and culture, to engage with it, and celebrate it with us. We hope to see everyone coming together to help us mark our special anniversary as well as Black History Season 2022.”
Black History Season highlights
Our launch event is Proud to Be, hosted by Diane-Louise Jordan on Tuesday 4 October at Café KOKO, starting at 6.30pm. This free event will explore the spoken word, music, Black entrepreneurship, and health and wellbeing. Find more details and booking information.
On Wednesday 5 October at 6pm we are holding a virtual Black Entrepreneurs event, hosted by Word on the Curb co-founder, Ndu Uchea and bringing together a panel of industry experts to discuss building confidence in business, sustainability, and wellbeing as an entrepreneur. There’ll be a panel discussion and audience Q&A. This free event is open to everyone but aims to spotlight Black businesses. Find more details and booking information.
Over the season we are hosting a number of supper clubs celebrating some of the best food Camden has to offer – including a pop-up ‘Vibe an Go’ restaurant, contemporary Caribbean cuisine at Roger’s Kitchen, a menu at one of London’s leading Caribbean restaurants Cottons, and a delicious dinner at Ma Petite Jamaica in Camden Town. Find out more.
Explore new literary worlds with our online book club as we explore contemporary Black authors and their significant works – including The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson. Find out more.
Enjoy African-inspired yoga classes which are all free and open to all levels, including beginners. This includes Hatha flow yoga, African-inspired Yogafusion and Hudu flow. Find out more.
Details on other events can be found at lovecamden.org/blackhistoryseason