Black History Season continues with fantastic series of events, workshops and exhibitions
Camden’s biggest and best Black History Season yet continues with a series of events, supper clubs, exhibitions, and workshops running until December to celebrate Black British culture across Camden and the UK.
Black History Season, which runs until 15 December in Camden, gives communities across Camden the opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of Black people across Camden and the UK.
Upcoming event highlights include the Black Mary Project Open Day where visitors can find out more about the project which will reimagine a local 17th Century healing once said to be run by Mary Woollaston, a special photography exhibition, and a Windrush in Camden exhibition which will shine a light on Camden’s Black Pioneers.
Black History Season gives communities across Camden the opportunity to come together and learn and explore the past, present, and future of Black culture. This year’s programme of events has been fantastic so far – from poetry clubs, musical performances, and history talks – it’s been an amazing celebration recognising the achievements and contributions of Black people from across Camden. If you haven’t come along to an event yet, it’s not too late, there is still a whole host of events to come and I’m sure there’s something for everyone.
Highlights from the programme so far include a performance of Black Victorians at the British Museum exploring a complex, but often forgotten black presence in pre-Windrush Britain and a series of workshops at Camden libraries for children and families to learn more about the culture and landscapes of Africa.
The Camden Black Radicals: Saluting Our Sisters event also took place in October which celebrated the lives of Camden women activists Claudia Jones, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Una Marson and Eslanda Robeson.
- Windrush in Camden Exhibition – Camden Town Hall until 15 December. This exhibition shines a light on Camden’s Black Pioneers to celebrate contributions of the Windrush generation in the borough and across the UK.
- Cause I know I’m A Meet You At The Cross Road – Swiss Cottage Gallery until 14 December. This special photographic exhibition from Alexis Chabala builds upon the themes of death, religion, and reckoning.
- Supper Club at Ma Petite Jamaica - 4-6 Inverness Street, 15 November. A vibey central London restaurant bar and cocktails preps a delightfully tasty menu. With entertainment from ‘Moetry’, a platform of expression for spoken word.
- Black Mary Project Open Day – Calthorpe Community Gardens, 18 November from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Drop in to find out all about The Black Mary Project set to launch Summer 2024. The Project, led by Black women artists and the community, will imaginatively reimagine a local 17th Century healing once said to be run by a Black Woman called Mary Woollaston.
- Camden Community Health Event – Crowndale Centre, 18 November from 12pm to 4pm. This event is for everyone but there is a focus on promoting all aspects of black health and wellbeing - physical, mental, and sexual health - with the aim of raising awareness and improving community access to services.
- Surprising Black History in Camden: Tales and Tidbits – Holborn Library, 21 November from 6pm. Tony Warner, author of Black History Walks in London Volume 1, will give an illustrated talk on some of the hidden Black history in Camden's streets.
- Bolo Business Podcase Live Panel – Camden Town Hall, 1 December from 3pm to 7pm. Black Owned London (BOLO) presents a business podcast, the live final episode of a series looking at inspiring individuals seizing opportunities.
You can find out more about this year’s Black History Season and see the full programme of events at lovecamden.org/blackhistoryseason.