Black History Month events – Manchester


  • Celebrating our Heritage

The Caribbean Heritage Project in collaboration with Coffee Nubia will be hosting a series of free events:

4 October           Caribbean History – Before Columbus

5 October           How to Trace your Caribbean Ancestors

11 October         Caribbean History – Resistance and Emancipation

12 October         Black Contributions to World History

18 October         Short Story Readings

19 October         Black Contributions to UK History

25 October         Poetry Readings by Local Poets

26 October         Black Contributions to Manchester’s History

 7pm-10pm at Coffee Nubia, 155 Princess Road, Moss Side, Manchester.

 Cost: FREE


  • A talk by Marika Sherwood to mark Black History Month: Struggles in Manchester before and after the 1945 Pan-African Congress

Africans have lived in the Manchester area at least since the late 18th century and have struggled against racism and for freedom and independence for their countries of origin for at least the past 100 years – perhaps culminating in the 1945 Pan-African Congress, which was held in Manchester.

4th October at Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford.


  • A Closer Look: Black History Month

A guided tour around the Main Exhibition Space to find out more about some of the personal stories in our collections. Discover the story of Lilian Bader a pioneering female radio operator in the Second World War, and see items related to the struggle for Kenyan Independence.

Selected dates between 1st October 2013 and 18th October 2013 at the Imperial War Museum.

  • FIERCE Northwest Take Over – Celebrating Black Queer Creativity and Activism

Earlier this year the first ‘Fierce’ exhibition of 24 portraits took place at London’s Guildhall Art Gallery. Artist/photographer Ajamu is extending his successful photographic project ‘Fierce’ to create 25-30 new portraits of young Black LGBTQ people across the country. This landmark exhibition demonstrated a clear demand for work that highlighted the aspirations and creativity of young Black LGBTQ people in London and now Ajamu is keen to make sure that the next ‘Fierce’ phase represents those people outside of the capital that are making an important cultural contribution or representing Black LGBTQ communities and experiences where they live.

5th October 2-6pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester.

Cost: FREE

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  • 90 Degree Citizen: An Exhibition by Virtual Migrants + Performance + Discussion

90 Degree Citizen presents artworks that resonate with experiences of migration and refuge. They represent a sample of a new wave of expression in the UK outside of the limitations of western art schools and markets, often with a greater interest in symbolism, narrative and cultural hybridity.

 10th October 6pm-8:30pm at Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester.


Cost: FREE



  • Collective Artistes: Zhe (Noun) Undefined

 I am Gay. I’ve had a lifetime of people thinking I am who I am not.’ From childhood to adulthood and across continents – told through narrative, music, and dance – this poignant and honest piece of theatre follows the lives of two British Africans living at the crossroads of culture, nationality, gender and sexuality. Humorous yet haunting, this story is told by the characters whose lives are healed and celebrated through the experiences.

25th October 2:30pm & 7:30pm and 26th October 7:30pm at the Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Cost: £9/£5

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About Black Feminists Manchester

This is a group for women who are ‘black’ in the political sense. I.e: women who self- identify, originate or have ancestry from global majority populations (i.e. Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America) multi heritage and indigenous backgrounds.
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