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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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Somali Literature Evening Oxford House

Somali Literature Evening Oxford House
Date
27/10/2021 (19:15-22:00)
Location:
Oxford House Derbyshire St London E2 6HG
Description
This evening will see the launch of two highly anticipated autobiography books of two of the greatest role models in the Somali community. Part of Somali Week Festival.

Boney M

Boney M
Date
27 (21:00) - 28/10/2021 (23:00)
Location:
Boisdale Canary Wharf Cabot Square Canary Wharf E14 4QT
Description
Everyone knows the name. Everyone knows at least one of their songs. Now meet Boney M

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops
Date
28/10/2021 (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

Oxford House Book Launches: Parallel

Oxford House Book Launches: Parallel
Date
28/10/2021 (19:15-22:00)
Location:
Oxford House Derbyshire St London E2 6HG
Description
This evening is the main book day of Somali Week Festival, featuring book stalls, meeting the authors and the launches of various books.

Justice in Fashion: Runway Fundraiser

Justice in Fashion: Runway Fundraiser
Date
28/10/2021 (19:30-22:00)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
Sustainable. Body Positive. Powerful. This is a fashion show like no other. Join Poplar Union in partnership with Justice in Fashion

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops

Grand Union Orchestra BHM Workshops
Date
29/10/2021 (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

All Purpose LDN presents The Living Room

All Purpose LDN presents The Living Room
Date
29/10/2021 (18:00-21:00)
Location:
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
Description
The Living Room will be an intimate night of storytelling about origin, heritage and home.

Sounding Bethnal Green

Sounding Bethnal Green
Date
29/10/2021 (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.

Evening Session: Somali Book Launches

Evening Session: Somali Book Launches
Date
29/10/2021 (19:15-22:00)
Location:
Oxford House Derbyshire St London E2 6HG
Description
This evening sees the launch of the first book ever written by Hadraawi as well as a conversation between Somali writer and translator Bodhari Warsame and one of our living legends, Laashin Ahmaddey Abdi Gaashaan.

The Original Wailers Ft Al Anderson

The Original Wailers Ft Al Anderson
Date
29/10/2021 (21:00-23:00)
Location:
Boisdale Canary Wharf Cabot Square Canary Wharf E14 4QT
Description
Al Anderson, lead guitarist of the original Bob Marley & The Wailers line up will be bringing all the top hits from the Legend album!

Family Interactive Day

Family Interactive Day
Date
30/10/2021 (12:00-15:00)
Location:
Oxford House Derbyshire St London E2 6HG
Description
This is a much-loved children's segment by long-time Kayd partner Galool and Jawahir Farah featuring storytelling, quizzes, face painting and crafts. Part of Somali Week Festival

Limehouse Project and WIT celebrate Black History Month

Limehouse Project and WIT celebrate Black History Month
Date
30/10/2021 (12:00-15:00)
Location:
Mayfield Hub 202 Cambridge Heath Bethnal Green E2 9LJ
Description
Exhibition, Q&A, music, dance and food are part of this event to celebrate Black History Month.

The Young Sierra Leonean presents: Kip Kompin: Take 4

The Young Sierra Leonean presents: Kip Kompin: Take 4
Date
30/10/2021 (19:00-22:00)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
The Young Sierra Leonean presents Kip Kompin Cinema: Take 4, an interactive evening showcasing cinematic geniuses from Sierra Leone.

Black-Owned Makers Market

Black-Owned Makers Market
Date
31/10/2021 (11:00-15:00)
Location:
Poplar Union 2 Cotall Street E14 6TL
Description
A market showcasing the finest clothing, crafts, health and beauty products and so much more from some of London's best Black-owned businesses.
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