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Explore a month of virtual and live events that explore the adversity that Black people have faced and how their strength, courage and determination has shaped society throughout history.

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Thursday 1 October, 7-8pm

To launch Newham’s Black History Month programme, celebrated historian and TV personality, David Olusoga will discuss what Black Lives Matter means in the context of Black British history. The online... FULL DETAILS +

1-31 October 2020

Our Youth Empowerment Service’s Youth Zones have online events throughout October for young people. Check out their social media and weekly timetable. Insta: @youthzoneslbn @forestgateyouthzonelbn @becktonglobeyouthzonelbn @littleilfordyouthzonelbn @shipmanyouthzonelbn @detatchedyouthteamlbn FULL DETAILS +

1-31 October 2020
Forest Gate Library

​The Heritage Series is a mixed media study of the cultural, familial and aesthetic rituals of black women from the Caribbean and the diaspora pre and post-Windrush. In the first... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 October, 5-6pm

This docu-short is a multi-layered journey which follows Lyn Gerald from her discovery of her Congolese roots to look at the traditional art of scarring and the impact of the... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 October, 7-8pm
Newham Town Hall

Grab a seat, a cushion, lay down, or take a stand and join Adam East London for the specially commissioned dance performance Long Play Liberation celebrating Newham’s Black History Month... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 5 October, 7-8.30pm

A community conversation on disproportionately within the Youth Justice System and an exploration into criminal exploitation of children and young people. The discussion will also cover county lines and the... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 8 October, 7-10pm
Stratford East Picturehouse

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated, Les Misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police. Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) has... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 10 October 11am-12.30pm
Stratford Library

A workshop to study photographic exhibition, “The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles”, featuring rare images portraying people of African and Caribbean descent in 19th century Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Participants will... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 10 October 1-2.30pm
Stratford Library

A workshop to study photographic exhibition, “The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles”, featuring rare images portraying people of African and Caribbean descent in 19th century Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Participants will... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 10 October 6-7.30pm

A discussion about the Windrush Scandal, featuring a documentary which is part of the Is Britain Racist series of films made by film maker, Jean Marc Aka-Kadjo. The film charts... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 10 October, 7-8.30pm
Newham Town Hall

Grab a seat, a cushion, lay down, or take a stand and join Adam East London for the specially commissioned dance performance Long Play Liberation celebrating Newham’s Black History Month... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 12 October, 7-8.30pm

The stigma attached to school exclusions on our young people. An exploration into the implications and impact of such an event on a young person’s life. Is there life after... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 15 October, 7-10pm
Vue Cinema London – Westfield Stratford

Rubika Shah’s award-winning and energising film charts a vital national protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, prompted by ‘music’s biggest colonialist’ Eric Clapton and his support... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 16 October, 7-8pm

An evening of poetry with award winning human rights campaigner, writer and artist, Zita Holbourne from her sell out book “Striving for Equality Freedom and Justice”. Some of the poems... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 17 October, 7-8.30pm
Stratford Old Town Hall

Grab a seat, a cushion, lay down, or take a stand and join Adam East London for the specially commissioned dance performance Long Play Liberation celebrating Newham’s Black History Month... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 17 October, 11-12.30pm

One of a series of three workshops highlighting and celebrating the work of Black artists who migrated from the Caribbean to the UK during the Windrush era and the contribution... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 19 October, 7-8.30pm

In the current climate food insecurity is a very real concern, with more people having to choose between paying utilities and eating than ever before. ACFC presents: a community conversation... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 20 October, 5-6.30pm

Dr Aisha Phoenix hosts a discussion about colourism – what it is and why it is important. The discussion will also feature colourism in the media, and in the context... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 20 October, 7-8pm

An online photographic exhibition with interviews profiling five inspirational black women from Newham. This exhibition will highlight these positive role models, their hidden stories and achievements. FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 21 October, 7-8pm

A new solo play about the systemic and systematic unjustified killings of Black Lives. Written and performed by actor and playwright, Christopher Tajah and performed live, the play explores the... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 22 October, 7-10pm
Vue Cinema London – Westfield Stratford

A brutal indictment of colonialism that never shies away from the horrifying terrorism Africans endured under colonial rule, African Apocalypse is a visually compelling, visceral experience that seeks to understand... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 23 October, 7-8pm

Meet Adunni, a teenage girl born into a rural Nigerian village. Aged fourteen, she is a commodity, a wife, a servant. She is also smart, funny, curious, with a spirit and joy... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 23 October, 6-7.30pm
Stratford Old Town Hall

Join local renowned comedian, Quincy, to hear Windrush Generation experiences through the eyes of young people. Hear how those stories have impacted those young people and their aspiration for the... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 24 October, 4.30-5pm

Join IROKO for an entertaining and inspirational online storytelling performance of The Legend of Rhomiwa, an African tale highlighting the plight of the oppressed, performed with music, songs and dance.... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 24 October, 7-8.30pm
Stratford Old Town Hall

Grab a seat, a cushion, lay down, or take a stand and join Adam East London for the specially commissioned dance performance Long Play Liberation celebrating Newham’s Black History Month... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 24 October, 11-12.30pm

One of a series of three workshops highlighting and celebrating the work of Black artists who migrated from the Caribbean to the UK during the Windrush era and the contribution... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 25 October, 7-7.30pm

London is often heralded as a multi-cultural metropolis but, in reality, in the current socio-political climate there is decreasing support for the diverse and vibrant cultural communities. Musical communities are... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 25 October, 2-3.30pm

This interactive session will explore the roots of black music, the role of music in social movements and how music can be used for social change. Suitable for 8-16 year... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 26 October, 2.30-4pm

Your voice heard! Join artist Antonietta Torsiello in an art activism workshop and create your own protest signs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other inspirational movements. Discuss... FULL DETAILS +

Monday 26 October, 7-8.30pm

If you do not know the direction you are heading? How will you know if you have arrived at your intended destination? This session explores the experiences of a Black... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 27 October, 6-7pm

Stories from Newham’s Windrush Generation who will share their memories and treasures that remind them of home. FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 27 October, 6-7pm

In this lecture for Black History Month we shall consider the ways national institutions control and shape the narratives of Black people (African and African diasporic communities) in and of... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 28 October, 6-9pm
Stratford Old Town Hall

A talk by local historian, Peter Williams, author of West Ham and its Fire Brigade, about Frank Bailey. He was a migrant from Guyana who became one of the first... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 28 October 2020

A discussion with Newham author, Joy White, about her new book, Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City which is available from Newham Bookshop.   FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 29 October, 7-10pm
Vue Cinema London – Westfield Stratford

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams. The emotional wedge in her marriage grows. Memories of a recently botched execution plague... FULL DETAILS +

Thursday 29 October, 7-9pm

A presentation on the history of Locs, the impact of Locs past, present and future, and a virtual gallery. The event will include: Q&A session Competition Virtual gallery Guest speakers... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 30 October, 7-7.45pm

A thought-provoking documentary with Newham residents talking about the musical genres that have formed the sonic backdrop to their lives. Stories span the Windrush Generation to the present day, illustrating... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 31st October, 11-12.30pm

One of a series of three workshops highlighting and celebrating the work of Black artists who migrated from the Caribbean to the UK during the Windrush era and the contribution... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 31 October, 7-8pm

DJ Norman Jay will discuss his book, Mister Good Times, with author, Sharmaine Lovegrove. It is a vivid and engaging portrait of the man behind the music that has inspired... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 11 November, 6-6.30pm

A series of monologues by young east London artists responding to Theatre Royal Stratford East’s audio play, “8:46”, which interrogates and celebrates their identity, power and community. 8:46 is an... FULL DETAILS +

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