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Music, film, workshops, heritage and more form the mainstay of varied, month-long programme of events and activities to mark Black History Month 2021.

In addition to the wide array of events listed, Museum of London Docklands have a great programme for Black History Month throughout October.

You can learn about key moments in London’s Black history with an interactive timeline, drop in to a weekend storytelling session with Soup Stories, inspired from the new display ‘Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place’ and explore the stories of past Black Londoners with a digital trail for the who of half term week.

Local organisation Trapped in Zone One are creating two new community murals in Tower Hamlets which showcases the rich diversity of the borough and honour a community champion who is an inspiration to young people in Tower Hamlets.  For details to how you can get involved in these FREE creative workshops please visit their website.

For the full programme of events, see listings below or download our 2021 brochure.

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Theaster Gates, A Clay Sermon

Theaster Gates,  A Clay Sermon
Date
29/09/2021 (10:00) - 22/01/2022 (18:00)
Location:
Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St E1 7QX
Description
Major solo exhibition showcasing clay-based work, collection displays and new commissions as a nod to Gates's socially-engaged work and wider artistic practice. Part of a multi-venue presentation from three London galleries, dedicated to clay.

Beauty and Power

Beauty and Power
Date
01 (09:00) - 27/10/2021 (17:00)
Location:
Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU
Description
The show is a photographic celebration of black culture, perception and moving personal experience.

Iroko Theatre Cultural Jamboree

Iroko Theatre Cultural Jamboree
Date
18 (10:35) - 22/10/2021 (15:00)
Location:
Brady Arts Centre 192-196 Hanbury Street London E1 5HU
Description
This is a free theatre opportunity for schools as part of Tower Hamlets Council's Black History Month celebrations in 2021.

Let's Talk - Black History Month Talking Diaries

Let's Talk - Black History Month Talking Diaries
Date
19/10/2021 (10:30-16:00)
Location:
Account3 3 Birkbeck Street London E2 6JY
Description
Take part in a great reminiscence workshops, get connected and share tea, talk and tales of Tower Hamlets.

Black History Month at Spotlight

Black History Month at Spotlight
Date
19/10/2021 (16:00-18:00)
Location:
E14 0RS, Hay Currie Street, London, Spotlight Centre
Description
Join us at Spotlight every Tuesday this month to celebrate all things Black History, Culture and Success, with a different theme each week.

Let's Walk – Docklands Black History Month Walks

Let's Walk – Docklands Black History Month Walks
Date
20/10/2021 (10:30-15:00)
Location:
Museum London Docklands 1 Warehouse West India Quay No Hertsmere Road E14 4AL
Description
Come along, get more active, meet new people, discover your local canal towpaths and discover how the history of the area is related to the transatlantic slave trade.

arebyte Gallery & The Rogue Collection present: Free Form: a celebration of Black womxnhood

arebyte Gallery & The Rogue Collection present: Free Form: a celebration of Black womxnhood
Date
21 (19:00) - 29/10/2021 (21:00)
Location:
7 Botanic Square, arebyte Gallery, E14 0LG, Java House, London City Island
Description
arebyte Gallery & The Rogue Collection present: Free Form: a celebration of Black womxnhood. Live performance and exhibition with artist talks.

History on the Road

History on the Road
Date
21/10/2021 (19:30-20:30)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
A performance of family, love, and female-solidarity, History on the Road is an exploration of black rights and culture in London.

African Spiritual Practices, then and now

African Spiritual Practices, then and now
Date
22 (12:00) - 23/10/2021 (21:00)
Location:
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
Description
A weekend of films, talks and market at Rich Mix.

Sounding Bethnal Green

Sounding Bethnal Green
Date
22/10/2021 (19:00-21:00)
Location:
St John on Bethnal Green 200 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9PA
Description
Celebrating the music and musicians of our neighbourhood.

London's Innovators

London's Innovators
Date
23 (10:00) - 31/10/2021 (18:00)
Location:
Museum of London Docklands 1 Warehouse West India Quay No Hertsmere Road London E14 4AL
Description
Join us for a week of events celebrating London's Black innovators and their amazing contributions to this city.

Black History Month 2021: Proud to Be Black

Date
23/10/2021 (11:00-16:00)
Location:
29 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ, London, The Create Place
Description
Come along for a day of reflection and contemplation as we consider how we engage with reality as we move through the global pandemic as a Black Person in the UK today!

Printmaking Workshop

Printmaking Workshop
Date
23/10/2021 (14:00-16:00)
Location:
Granby Community Hub Goldman Close E2 6DT
Description
This session is an introduction to African visual cultures and geometric shapes

Centre Stage

Centre Stage
Date
23/10/2021 (19:00-22:30)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
Centre Stage presents a specially curated group of up-and-coming artists to join their live band for a conscious celebration of Black History in Music.

Panel Talk: The Journey to Identity of Black British Women

Panel Talk: The Journey to Identity of Black British Women
Date
24/10/2021 (18:00-20:30)
Location:
Restless Beings Café 116B Bow Road E3 3AA
Description
This panel talk will explore the impact, evolution and journey of women of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK.

Let's Talk - Black History Month Talking Diaries

Let's Talk - Black History Month Talking Diaries
Date
25/10/2021 (10:30-16:30)
Location:
Leaders In Community Teviot Centre 1 Wyvis Street London E14 6QD
Description
Take part in a great reminiscence workshops, get connected and share tea, talk and tales of Tower Hamlets.

Black History Month at Spotlight

Black History Month at Spotlight
Date
26/10/2021 (16:00-18:00)
Location:
E14 0RS, Hay Currie Street, London, Spotlight Centre
Description
Join us at Spotlight every Tuesday this month to celebrate all things Black History, Culture and Success, with a different theme each week.

Let's Walk – Docklands Black History Month Walks

Let's Walk – Docklands Black History Month Walks
Date
27/10/2021 (10:30-15:00)
Location:
Museum London Docklands 1 Warehouse West India Quay No Hertsmere Road E14 4AL
Description
Come along, get more active, meet new people, discover your local canal towpaths and discover how the history of the area is related to the transatlantic slave trade.

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops
Date
27/10/2021 (13:00-17:00)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
Young instrumentalists are invited to join and learn from the Grand Union Orchestra this half term to celebrate the music that comes from the African diaspora

Art Workshop: Exploring Black British women identity

Art Workshop: Exploring Black British women identity
Date
27/10/2021 (18:30-20:00)
Location:
Online
Description
In this workshop, participants will explore the identity and experiences of the Black British woman through collage and assemblage.
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