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Welcome to Black History Month 2022


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We are delighted to support Black History Month 2022 with a fantastic programme of events to showcase arts and culture, and celebrate the countless contributions made by those of African and Caribbean descent to our borough and beyond.

Tower Hamlets’ diverse communities help shape our exciting and vibrant borough, and Black History Month provides a chance to discover amazing stories and histories that are often overlooked. It is also a brilliant catalyst for coming together and reconnecting after the isolation of Covid lockdowns.

Mental health and wellbeing is a priority for 2022, and we are proud that many youth programmes have been supported by the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund as a way to develop skills, confidence and teamwork through engaging with the arts. Many other activities have either been directly commissioned or supported through our small grants scheme.

Events this autumn include dance, drama, song-writing and filmmaking workshops. There will also be film screenings, live music, theatre, talks and art on display, including stunning photography and a new mural, as well as a joyous festival to celebrate Somaliland. The theme of ‘Action not Words’ is explored along with the legacy of colonialism, the role of comedy, and more.

The wider programme offers residents the opportunity to engage with the richness of Black arts, culture and history as both audiences and participants.

Check out our online listings for full details and updates


Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Councillor Iqbal Hossain, Cabinet Member for Culture and Recreation