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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) has been celebrated widely for many years honouring the achievements, culture and the history of black people.

There is a long standing commitment to continue offering the community a vibrant selection of events and activities through programmes that provide insight into the history and culture of the African, Caribbean and diaspora communities.

In the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster,  Black History Month has been recognised for over 25 years with a month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops. Every year throughout October people, schools, libraries, groups and organisations host events and get involved with the celebration of black history.



Events in: 

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 [PDF] (file size 382.77 KB)

Guided walking tour

5pm, Thursday 3 October 2019

We'll be visiting some of Westminster’s hidden gems and celebrated spots that showcase the achievements of the BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) community in Westminster. The tour will include a potted history of some of Westminster’s most iconic BAME figures, restaurants and monuments, including pit stops to sample some of the best food from around the world. Each attendee will receive a goody bag courtesy of our sponsors.

Final showcase celebration

6pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019

Celebrate the diversity of Westminster’s community with performances from local poets, singers, dancers, drummers and comedians. The showcase is an opportunity to learn more about African, Caribbean and Asian history in the UK. A wide range of food will be provided.

Sign up

Patchwork banner workshops

Join us to create a patchwork banner and celebrate pride in the community. 3 sessions are available, run by experienced tutors, and all ages are welcome.

  • Tuesday 8 October 2019, 11:30am to 1:30pm at Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone Street, NW8 8SR
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019, 11:30am to 1:30pm at Queens Park Library, 666 Harrow Road, W10 4NE
  • Thursday 24 October 2019, 11:30am to 1:30pm at Westminster Adult Education Service, Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT

Join us to learn a new skill, celebrate the community and showcase your creativity. Completed banners will be displayed at the Black History Month exhibition at Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street. 

Email to register (spaces are limited). 

Community exhibition

As well as these events, throughout Black History Month, an exhibition celebrating Westminster’s diverse communities will be displayed on the ground floor of Westminster City Hall at 64 Victoria Street. The exhibition will feature leading figures from the Black, African, Asian and Caribbean communities in Westminster from the 16th century to the present day. All are welcome, no booking required.

H&F Council and Unison Black Workers present:

The History of Black Londoners from the 16th Century to the Windrush Generation of 1948

Thursday 4 October 2018
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

Presentation by Mark and Charmaine Simpson

Join us for this Black History Month presentation, which highlights the invaluable input people of African and Caribbean descent have provided to London, from the 16th Century to the Windrush Generation of 1948.

Mark and Charmaine Simpson are husband and wife co-founders of Black History Studies, a social enterprise company whose mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and by educating the community to educate themselves.

Black Statues around London

Friday 12 October 2018
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

At this presentation you’ll learn all about the Black statues that can currently be found in London.

Your presenter, Avril Nanton, has a passion for Black history in London, and this ‘virtual walk’ will take you through you some of the statues around London that represent the Black community's contribution to London and the UK.

Classical concert: from Chopin to Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin

Thursday 18 October
Mayor’s Foyer, Hammersmith Town Hall

By the age of 12 years old, Rhiannon Dimond had participated in five performances at the Royal Albert Hall. She is the proud Youth Ambassador for the company Black Women in Arts and is now the leading violinist of Tomorrow's Warrior's String Ting – the only exclusively-jazz string quartet in the country and one of the few in the world.

Join us at Hammersmith & Fulham’s Mayor’s Foyer where Rhiannon will lead a trio of performers with a tribute to of light contemporary music from Chopin to Bob Marley and Aretha Franklin.

70 Years of Black British Music

Thursday 25 October
Courtyard room, Hammersmith Town Hall

Robin Walker, author of When We Ruled, is the foremost historian and writer on all matters related to ancient and medieval African history.

Robin will present an engrossing multi-media presentation of 70 eventful years of Modern Black British Heritage. This fun and interactive session will give you the opportunity to learn how Black British Music evolved from Calypso to Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Lovers Rock, British Soul, Jungle, UK Garage, and Grime.

Help for the Windrush Generation

If you or someone you know is one of the Windrush Generation who had their documents lost, you can find support from Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham.

Email Derec Craig at or call him on 020 7386 9085 to find out more.