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Celebrating Black History Month in Camden

Camden Council is delighted to support this year’s Black History Month, which takes place throughout October.

We’ll be celebrating the achievements and contributions of black people in Camden and across the UK, sharing stories from residents past and present, and reflecting on black history in Camden.

We are also hosting a range of free events across the borough including a special celebration event on Friday 18 October organised by Camden Black Workers Group.

Download our Black History Month events guide (PDF)

Windrush: Inspired by the first generation

Friday 18 October, Crowndale Centre

Performances 6.30 to 10.30pm
Marketplace stalls from 4.30pm, doors from 5.30pm

Camden Black Workers Group, supported by Camden Council and UNISON, present a free action-packed evening with a range of special guest performers and speakers, including:

  • Kofi: Lovers rock singer, former member of Brown Sugar
  • Brinsley Forde MBE: Founding member of Aswad
  • Release D Riddim: Carnival costume parade
  • Shaun Wallace: 'Chaser' on ITV's The Chase, barrister and lecturer 
  • Angie Le Mar: Comedienne, TV and radio presenter and writer
  • Tobago Crusoe: Calypsonian, composer and musician
  • Dr Angela Herbert MBE: Chair of the Violent Crime Prevention Board and Director of Inside Out Solutions 
  • Paula Perry: Founder of You4Us
  • Compere Alim Kamara: hip hop artist, storyteller and poet

Booking essential. 

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Library events

Our libraries will host special free talks and family activities throughout October. These include:

  • Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame
    Thursday 10 October, 7 to 10pm at Pancras Square Library (7pm exhibition opening and refreshments, 8 to 10pm talk, presentation and networking)
    Exhibition and talk about acclaimed and unique musical theatre production first staged in 1987 at Camden’s Shaw Theatre. Organised by Camden Black Workers Group. Booking essential. 
  • Rhyme and Story Time
    Various times and locations
    Special Black History Month-themed sessions for under 5s in libraries. Drop in. 
  • Celebration of Voice workshop 
    Thursday 17 October, 7.30 to 9pm (refreshments from 7pm) at Pancras Square Library
    Workshop for all singing abilities, celebrating the music of influential black artists. Booking essential. 
  • Musical Feast: Caribbean cuisine
    Wednesday 30 October, 7 to 9pm at Swiss Cottage Library
    Explore the origins of Caribbean cuisine, and learn how to cook rice an’ peas, dumplings and jerk chicken. Booking essential. 
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor talk with music
    Thursday 31 October, 7.15 to 8.30pm at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Holborn Library
    A talk about the most prominent black composer of his generation. Drop in. 

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