Black History Month

Black History Month

In Kensington and Chelsea we love celebrating diversity throughout the borough and are thrilled to celebrate Black History Month this October. Championing the culture and achievements of Black British, African and Caribbean people, Black History Month applauds the contributions made by these communities to the UK.

Offering a variety of fun and entertaining activities in the borough, many of them free, take part in our month long celebrations by signing up for one of our many events.  

Events in the borough

Vibrantly African Lifestyle and Wellness Day

  • Saturday 28 September 2019 10am-11pm
  • Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
  • A packed programme of wellbeing, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, art and craft, travelling and food, with inspiring talks and workshops for education, family, relationship, business and personal motivation.
  • Find more information on the Vibrantly African website.

Remembering the Past – Creating the Future

  • Saturday 5 October 2019
  • Maxilla Studios 4 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ and Bay 20, 71 St Marks Road, London, W10 6JG
  • Partnering with Azza Supplementary School, ACAVA are excited to announce a free one day event to celebrate both The Big Draw and Black History Month. Participants can explore drawing in its broadest form and learn about Black history through artistic practice. With the theme for this year's Big Draw festival being Creativity and Wellbeing, the programme is accessible, engaging, educative and fun for all.

Engaging with IDPAD 2015-24, African Identity and Afriphobia

  • Monday 7 October, 6-8.30pm
  • The Mmere Dane Centre, Bay 56 Acklam Village, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 
  • African Histories Revisited in association with TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) and IDPAD (International Decade For People Of African Descent) Coalition under The African Coalition banner, presents an opportunity to find out more about the UN’s IDPAD 2015-24 initiative and to explore African identity and Afriphobia.
  • The evening kicks off with the screening of ‘TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question)’, a vox pops documentary on African identity made by history consultant Kwaku, which includes some well-known figures including Brent Central MP Dawn Butler, defence lawyer Courtney Griffiths QC, and political activist Lee Jasper.
  • For tickets and information see the Eventbrite website.

Sing to Live: Birth of Jazz

  • Tuesday 8 October, 12 – 1.30pm
  • Chelsea Theatre, Studio, 10 World’s End Place, SW10 0HE
  • Sing to Live and Chelsea Theatre team up to hold a singing workshop celebrating black culture through the story of Jazz. On the journey from New Orleans to Britain, Jazz music has remained rooted in Afro-American culture; come, learn and sing some classics! No previous singing experience is necessary to take park, just curiosity and your voice.  
  • Places are limited, so booking is recommended. Free to attend, and light refreshments provided.
  • The event is part of the Silver Sunday programme aimed at anyone 55 and over.
  • Email or tel: 020 7352 1967

Classically British

  • Friday 11 October, 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
  • The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY
  • Classically British aims to show you how the diversity of dance culture can reflect and celebrate differences, with a delightful evening of classical and contemporary work at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill.
  • This event’s sole purpose is to promote distinctive young British talent and bring new work to a broader audience. Portobello Dance will give you uplifting performances, bold choreography and authentic artistry. From dancers who share one goal; simply, to inspire your imagination. Visit the Potrobello Dance website.
  • Tickets £12, book on the Eventbrite website
  • Schools are welcome to the dress rehearsal, at 1.45pm
  • Tickets £5 on the door, cash only

Caribbean Tales of Survival and Triumph

  • Saturday 12 and 26 October 15:00 - 16:30
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
  • Sheba Montserrat conducts a tour of the Europe Gallery (1600-1815), linking selected artefacts to African heritage, and narrates through storytelling, movement and poetry the survival methods of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, to overcome the brutality of slavery.
  • for tickets and information see the Eventbrite website.

Further Events at the Curve Community Centre

Black History Month at The Curve

We are proud to be home to one of the most diverse creative communities in London. Discover places of interest, from galleries and museums to theatres and hidden gems, and keep an eye on events taking place all year with Explore Kensington and Chelsea.