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Black History Month maybe over for another year but we were proud to have such a diverse and energetic array of events and activities.

In case you missed it, some of our great 2020 online programme is still available to view!

Catch-up

Catch-up on a selection of online activities supported by Tower Hamlets:

  • Purple Moon Drama’s Digital Youth Board invited young people to present their views on what Black History Month means to them through prose and song and produced a short film with a selection of the results.

  • Poplar Union hosted an eclectic mix of events online with a packed programme including theatre, debate, music and culture. 

  • Numbi Arts shared a number of tantalising, mouth-watering Somali culinary teasers to try at home presented by artists performing in the finale event; Your Mother Tongue is Gold.

  • Genesis Cinema were able to screen a number of films physically following COVID-19 safe guidelines, and some were also available to view online. Their programme included a mixture of diverse and inclusive films “Through Her Eyes”, concentrating on the experience of the black heroine on screen in addition to looking at mental health in the Black Community and the impact that Michael Jordan had on the global Nike brand.

  • The final event for the month was presented by KAYD Somali Arts and Culture, reflecting on the impact of 2020 on the Somali Community

  • Tower Hamlets Council held the first hugely successful BHM Photo Open online exhibition, with outstanding entries and national press coverage. Entries included Culture and folklore, Politics and protest, Multimedia and Portraits.

As a reminder of the full, diverse and energetic programme throughout October, please see the round-up.

Round up

We are proud that in this turbulent and challenging year, we were able to mark Black History Month as an important keystone in our cultural calendar.

The council supported a number of organisations in developing a thoughtful and engaging offer.

As well as delivering the inaugural Black History Month Photo-Open online photography exhibition and a number of talks and presentations through our Idea Stores, libraries and Local History and Archive services. 

This included Introducing the Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation and interactive session, East End History Club: Black Presence in Tower Hamlets

Poplar Union

Poplar Union hosted an eclectic mix of events online with a packed programme including a Mental Health Discussion Group with Women’s Inclusive Team (WIT) as well as a lively discussion of art, activism and culture in Not Another BHM Panel - Tobi Kyeremetang event - Poplar Union.

There was theatre with ‘Lisa & Luca’ - A rehearsed reading & Q&A. Also The Sierra Leone Arts & Culture Festival 2020, and Jali Bakary Konteh and Yahael Camara-Onono live.

Black History Month at Poplar Union closed with a digital theatre dining experience, Jollof Court.

Food and drink

Numbi Arts shared a number of tantalising, mouth-watering Somali culinary teasers to try at home presented by artists and poets with Edwidge’s Vegan Soup Joumou recipe. Closely followed by their second delicious offering:  Arawelo Bites by Elmi Ali - Cajeero with cookery demonstration included.

More mouth-watering dishes for all to try cooking at home were shared throughout the month with - Hooyo's Dishes Somali Rice and Meat Dish- Bariis Iyo Hilib and Hooyo’s Eggplant Stew.

Further delights included the perfect combination of Classic Somali tea, poetry and music to enjoy at home as well as Isku Karis by Fatuma Abdulahi.

Finally Bur Bur (Somali Puff Puff) with syrup in Somali (also available in English).

The fabulous Dur Dur Band performed in the finale event, Your Mother Tongue is Gold!.

Music, art and film

As well as the online events a number of ‘Covid safe’ activities were offered.

Virtual talks

Avril’s Walks and Talks presented Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Barnardo’s Home.

Black Londoners and four Culture Mile partners: the Museum of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Guildhall Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archive presented Our Stories: Reflecting on Black British History in Four Objects.

Two local residents give a personal insight into Black Lives Matter in BLM:  A View from East London and Mulalambo (Scars) - Lyn Gerald.

For young people

There was plenty on offer for young people too. 

Purple Moon Drama’s Digital Youth Board invited young people to present their views on what Black History Month means to them through prose and song and produced a short film with a selection of the results. 

Spotlight presented a series of  workshops including: the Barbershop Chronicles Workshop and weekly sessions on Culture and Success. They also shared food at Dinner Time.

Spotlight also presented Girl Boss: Headscarf Design along with an inspiring talk from professional footballer Joe Aribo in Powering through the Finish Line

Finally Spotlight host Raz On presented a youth workshop focussing on Black British athletes, finishing with youth workshop exploring black individuals from history with games and more at Hidden Successors and BHM Live.

The final event for the month was presented by KAYD’s panel discussion reflecting on the impact of 2020 on the Somali Community in ‘Resilience’: The Aftermath of COVID-19 in East End London.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Throughout October, you can see the powerful range of photographs submitted to our Black History Month Photo-Open.

The images show the artist’s talent and strength of feeling about issues relevant to Black History Month. Bow Arts present Exhibition: Visions in the Nunnery, showcasing moving image and performance art and there is a series of Talks at Museum of London Docklands.

Week one

Live music from Grand Union orchestra with Sounding Bethnal Green, the first of Genesis Cinema’s Through her Eyes season with Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Spotlight present workshops for young people including the Barbershop Chronicles Workshop and the first of the weekly sessions on Culture and Success and shared food at Dinner Time.

Week two

Genesis Cinema provide an insight into the life and mind of the legendary storyteller with Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Online in collaboration with Bertha DocHouse + Q&A.

Further youth workshops include Girl Boss: Headscarf Design along with an inspiring talk from professional footballer Joe Aribo in Powering through the Finish Line.

Grand Union orchestra provide a new musical soundscape at St John on Bethnal Green.

Idea Stores present a talk Introducing the Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation.

Week three

There's more brilliant cinema from Genesis in week three.

A Dark Mind + Panel  tackles issues around mental health in the black community. 

Tangerine  is an independent LA based comedy about race and transgender issues.

Catch a preview screening of Yemi Bamiro’s brilliant One Man and his Shoes and check out what Michael Jordan did for Nike.

Sounding Bethnal Green have more vibrant and live music. Spotlight host Raz On, a youth workshop focussing on  Black British athletes.

Young people take centre stage with spoken word performances in Purple Moon Drama x Black History Month.

Poplar Union host a Mental Health Discussion Group with Women’s Inclusive Team (WIT) as well as a lively discussion of art, activism and culture in Not Another BHM Panel - Tobi Kyeremetang event - Poplar Union.

Week four

History comes to the fore in week four with an interactive session East End History Club: Black Presence in Tower Hamlets , Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Barnardo’s Home and a youth workshop exploring black individuals from history with games and more at Hidden Successors.

There’s theatre with ‘Lisa & Luca’ - A rehearsed reading & Q&A music with Sounding Bethnal Green and a screening from Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema with Moolade.

Celebrate the food and culture of sub-Saharan Africa with The Sierra Leone Arts & Culture Festival 2020.

Numbi Arts Presents: Afkaaga Hooyo waa Dahab! Your Mother Tongue is Gold!

A local resident gives a personal insight into Black Lives Matter in BLM:  A View from East London.

Black History Month draws to a close with a digital theatre dining experience, Jollof Court.

Grand Union present more wonderful melodies and rhythms from Sounding Bethnal Green.

Spotlight lead a youth oriented party at BHM Live and KAYD reflect on the impact of 2020 on the Somali Community in ‘Resilience’: The Aftermath of COVID-19 in East End London.

Many of this year’s Black History Month events are online so you can catch up in your own time.