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Packed programme of events in Cambridge marks Black History Month 2018

News release from 24/09/2018

A VARIED programme of performance, exhibitions, talks, poetry and live music will be taking place in Cambridge during October to mark this year’s Black History Month.

The national event, which is supported by Cambridge City Council, is an annual celebration of the history and culture of African, Caribbean, Asian and other black and minority ethnic communities in Cambridge and the UK.

Among the highlights for Black History Month 2018 in Cambridge will be concerts, plays, talks, shows, social events and film screenings, including:

  • Joan Armatrading – Grammy nominated British singer/songwriter appears at the Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Tuesday 2 October, 7.30pm
  • South Asian Britain – films from the British Film Institute archive capturing life for South Asian Britons at Anglia Ruskin University, Wednesday 3 October, 6.30pm
  • Nigerian Independence Day – celebration including food, music, dancing at Orchard Park Community Centre, Saturday 6 October, 6pm-11pm
  • ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ – lecture on tracing ancestry using DNA at McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Downing Street, Thursday 11 October, 5.30pm
  • Britain on Film: Black Britain – depictions of black culture and community on film at Cherry Trees Day Centre, St Matthew’s Street, Saturday 13 October, 2.30pm
  • Macka B – UK roots, reggae and dancehall musician at The Junction, Clifton Way, Wednesday 17 October, 7pm
  • Celebration of African Art and Culture – family events at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Saturday 20 October, 12 noon and 6pm
  • Race and Merit: Dismantling the Myths – Annual University of Cambridge Race Equality Lecture with speaker Baroness Valerie Amos, Monday 22 October, 5.30pm

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “This year’s programme of events for Black History Month is another celebration of Cambridge’s amazing diversity.

“I am very proud to live in such a diverse city. Our wonderful mixture of cultures and nationalities help to make Cambridge such a vibrant and fascinating place to live, work and visit. Events like Black History Month are a great way of bringing everyone in our community together to celebrate our amazing diversity.”

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