A VARIED programme of performances, exhibitions, talks, poetry, live music and online events will be taking place in Cambridge from the start of 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 contribution Black people with origins in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, and other Black communities around the world, have made to life in Cambridge and the UK.
Among the events for Black History Month 2021 in Cambridge are:
HCG - House meets Gospel live music show (Fri 1 October, 7pm, The Junction, Clifton Way)
Women’s Voices For Africa Exhibition and Evening Event - with music from Afro Tema, fashion, food and more (Sat 2 October, 12 noon-5pm (exhibition) 6pm-11pm (evening event), Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington)
Preserving the legacy of the Windrush Generation - online event with Patrick Vernon OBE (Mon 4 October, 6pm-7.30pm)
Life in the UK: Our Stories Unfold - interactive webinar with Cambridge African Network (Thur 14 October, 6pm)
Dream of a King - online play about Dr Martin Luther King Jr directed and performed by Christopher Tajah (Sat 16-Sun 23 October, 5.30pm-10.30pm)
Complicité and Fehinti Balogun: Can I Live? A hip-hop and spoken word exploration of environmental activism (Mon 18-Sun 24 October, 7.30pm)
Mbeu Yosintha - online screening of Malawian film about climate change in rural communities, followed by Q&A session with some of the people in the film (Sun 24 October, 5pm)
The Moors in Europe and Great Britain - webinar with Carol Leonardi of the Open University (Fri 29 October, 6pm-7pm)
Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture - stand up live comedy (Sat 30 October, 8pm, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way)
Fiston Lusambo – Online world music workshop with Congolese guitarist (Wed 3 November, 7pm-8pm)
Kill the Cop Inside Your Head – live spoken word and performance art by Subira Joy (Fri 5 November, 7.30pm, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way)
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “We are proud to support events such as Black History Month which celebrate the diversity of Cambridge’s population and the part that so many cultures play in shaping our vibrant city.
“As a former History teacher, I’m all too aware how Black history doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, and that’s one of the many reasons Black History Month is so important. Understanding our diverse heritage feels especially important in Cambridge right now, as we come to terms with the reality of the recent shocking racist attack in a local supermarket.
“I’m pleased to see that year’s programme offers a mixture of face-to-face and online events, so that everyone will be able to access something in a way that reflects their own situation right now.”
This year’ programme is a partnership between Cambridge African Network, Cambridge Junction, Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Movement Against Racism, Women’s Voices for Africa, Purple Field Productions, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
For more information about this year’s events and booking details visit https://capturingcambridge.org/projects/cambhm2021/ and www.facebook.com/CamBlackHeritage/