Black History Events

Enjoy events, activities, talks and much more - highlighting the significant contribution black people have made in Haringey, the UK and beyond. Take a look around our Black History Haringey 365 webpages where you will find lots of events, crafts, learning resources, quizzes and more...

These pages will be updated regularly with new events and activities happening in Haringey and online...all year round.

With guidelines on safe social distancing being regularly updated please: 

  • check with venues in advance of attending events in case of changes to listings or venue opening times
  • follow current government guidance. If in doubt please check with the venue for confirmation of their social distancing policies 

Highlight Events

Exhibition: We Have Always Been Here 

Dates: Wednesdays to Saturdays until 31 October 

Venue: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU

We Have Always Been Here marks the culmination of the Haringey Vanguard Project, a two-year journey to collect and preserve the history of the Black, Asian and ethnically diverse LGBTQ+ community and activism in Haringey from the 1970s to the 1990s.

This exhibition showcases the artefacts and oral histories from the Haringey Vanguard collection at Bruce Castle Museum & Archive. You can learn about the invaluable work activists did to promote acceptance and find out about Haringey Council's pioneering role in the UK's fight for equality. 

Booking is essential, for more information, timings and to book visit Bruce Castle Museum 

Black History Month Film Screenings - Hornsey Library Silent Cinema Hornsey film listings programme in yellow and orange

Dates: Mondays to Saturdays throughout October

Venue: Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, N8 9JA

Join Hornsey Library throughout October for a month long programme of silent films.

For full details of films being shown, dates and times download the listings below.

No booking required, just come along.

Make a Notting Hill Carnival Mask

Date: Monday 4 October 2021 at 2pm to 3pm

Venue: Children's Library, Muswell Hill Library, Queen's Avenue, N10 3PE

Come along and create a bright, colourful carnival mask celebrating the biggest carnival in Europe. Use feathers and jewelled stickers to bedazzle your creation!

No booking required, just come along.

Performance: Vest-igios

Dates: Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 October 2021 at 7.30pm 

Venue: Jackson's Lane, 269A Archway Road, Highgate N6 5AA

The London premiere of the internationally acclaimed Circolombia, and an absolute exclusive for Jacksons Lane in their re-opening season. Ves-tigios is all about brotherhoods, a journey through a dystopian wasteland, fusing stunning physical performance with film to create a remarkable visual journey infused with jaw dropping circus extravagant visions, terrifying acrobatics and unthinkable magic moments. A circus that changes the circus... you'll not come out unscathed.

Performed by Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra & Cristian David Trivino. 

Booking required.

Tickets £12-£18 are available to book online at Jacksons Lane (external link) or through the Box Office on 020 8340 5226.

Afro-Colombian Rhythms

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 5.30pm to 6.45pm 

Venue: Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, London, N8 9JA

Come and join us in a free celebration of Afro Colombian music and dance. Learn about the rhythms and dance movements which were brought to South America such as Cumbia, Salsa and Vallenatos. This music tells the history of the black experience in the form of storytelling.

This is a family event. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required, just come along!

Capoeira Workshop with Topasio Group 

Date: Saturday 16 October 2021 at 12am to 1.30pm

Venue: Wood Green Library, Second Floor, 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD

Capoeira is a martial art developed in Brazil, derived from traditions brought across the Atlantic Ocean by enslaved Africans and fuelled by the burning desire for freedom. It soon became widely practised on the plantations as a means of breaking the bonds of slavery, both physically and mentally.

Join us on this taster session and immerse yourself in the music and movement.

No booking required but spaces are limited. Admission is based on a first-come first-served basis. This event is open to everybody, all children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Online Talk: In Conversation - Stella Dadzie and Helen Bart

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2021, 6.45pm to 8pm

Venue: Online via Zoom ( organised by Bruce Castle Museum)

Writer, educational activist and historian Stella Dadzie discusses her book 'A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance' with Helen Bart, senior producer of 'Uprising'.

Join Bruce Castle Museum's special online event with two distinguished guests (who are both Haringey residents) - writer, education activist and historian Stella Dadzie and Helen Bart, senior television producer. They will be in conversation about Stella's recent book 'A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance'.

Published by Verso, the book explores the legacies of resistance and survival, highlighting the experiences of enslaved women in the Anglo-Caribbean. Stella's research and focus puts a narrative of empowerment and hope, thus giving a voice for these women's experiences at the centre of the brutal history of slavery.

Please note this is a free online event only. Places must be booked

Please book your place for the online talk via Eventbrite (external link).

Haringey Learning Partnership Black History Month Exhibition

Date: Friday 22 October 2021 at 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Commerce House, Commerce Rd, N22 8DZ

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, music, performance and food celebrating Black history. 

No booking necessary. For larger group bookings or for more information please email:

Young Curators, Future Histories – Telling and redefining stories from Haringey’s Black Heritage


Date: Monday 25 October 2021 at 12,15pm to 1.15pm

Venue: Online via Zoom (virtual attendance); Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU (for limited numbers)

Come along and let your guides Abondance Matanda (Heritage Assistant at Bruce Castle Museum and Archive) and Angela Mascolo (Masters Postgraduate in Public History, Royal Holloway) lead you through the galleries at Bruce Castle Museum as they share histories and tell new stories about chosen objects, archives and art on display.

See the Bruce Castle Museum Talks page for more details and how to book your place.

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Black History Month Event Programme October 2021

Download the full Events Programme for 2021 and discover events happening in Haringey. 

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Previous Events

Haringey Creates: Diversifying the Creative Curriculum

On Monday 13 September 2021 Haringey Creates brought together teachers and artists to discuss how we can champion the work of our diverse artists in the borough and beyond and how we can link to HEP's BAME Achievement Pledge and LB Haringey's Black History Haringey 365. 

There were short presentations about work taking place locally, London-wide and nationally, discussions of priorities and a plan to develop two sessions for teachers in October and November. 

The Bernie Grant Arts Centre 2021 Windrush Festival 

Venue: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX

From 21 - 27 June the Bernie Grant Arts Centre held a week of events including special guests, talks, music, activities and lots more to celebrate National Windrush Day.

The Windrush Festival also marked the reopening of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. 

Celebrating Windrush Day with Haringey Learning Partnership

Venue: Commerce House, Commerce Road, N22 8DZ

On 22 June 2021 the Haringey Learning Partnership delivered a number of activities including music, dance, art, food, performances and talks celebrating the arrival of Windrush and the impact of the Windrush Generation on Britain today.

Windrush Event at T on the Green

Venue: T on the Green, Bruce Castle Park Pavilion, Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NJ

On Sunday 27 June, T on the Green in Bruce Castle Park (N17) celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush, and the contributions of Tottenham's Windrush Generation to British life, with music, food, and activities for all ages. 

With live music from Victor Romero Evans and Dennis Bovell, and a trip back in time with Gladdy Wax, speeches from the Right Honourable David Lammy MP, and a unique film event shown later in the day. 

Open Out Gallery and Little Open Out Gallery: Celebrating Althea McNishImage of artwork

Bruce Castle Museum's Open Out Gallery is an art project where you can enjoy works by local artists, outside!

Throughout March 2021 the museum celebrated local textile designer Althea McNish with a display of her fabrics in the windows of Bruce Castle Museum.

The Little Open Out gallery is an art project where you can enjoy works created by local school children in the windows of Bruce Castle Museum. Throughout March visitors were able to view artworks created by children from Tiverton Primary School, inspired by Althea's fabrics. 

Online Event: Talking Textiles - Celebrating the Crafting Genius of Althea McNish

Althea McNish - group of textiles at Bruce Castle MuseumAlthea McNish is a cultural icon in the world of textiles. On Thursday 25 March 2021, we joined Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths College for this special talk, to celebrate the life and work of Althea McNish (1924-2020) of Trinidad and Tottenham.

We looked at the textiles by Althea in the collections of Bruce Castle Museum and elsewhere, as well as the impact and outstanding contribution of the vast range of her work in the world of design from the 1950s onwards.

Online Talk: Haringey Women's History Walk

On Tuesday 30 March 2021 we heard from this online women's history walk which looked at the history of some of the women in Haringey, in particular the black women who lived, worked or visited the borough.

Avril Nanton is a fully qualified tour guide who regularly does walks and tours around Haringey, looking at black life. In this tour she looked at some of the women who have contributed to the area.

Culture Bubble: Youth Voice 

On Thursday 28 January 2021 a panel of young activitsts met to talk about how they have brought about meaningful social change by stepping up and speaking out on a range of issues that affect young people, in Haringey and beyond. 

In a free Zoom webinar each trailblazing panellist told stories of their own experience and discussed what prompted them to speak out, what personal challenges they might have overcome and what continues to keep them motivated. Issues such as Black Lives Matter, the climate crisis, intersectionality, identity, representation, disability and more. 

The session was for young people aged 16-24 and forms part of a programme ran at Alexandra Palace, which support young people interested in a career in the creative sector. The Zoom closed with an open Q&A giving people the chance to ask any burning questions.

If you didn't manage to join the discussion, you can watch a recording of the webniar here (external link)

Tottenham Literature Festival

This ran from Monday 14 December to Saturday 19 December 2020.

A bold festival of words right here in Tottenham.
The Bernie Grant Arts Centre's Tottenham Literature Festival, a bold festival of words ran from Monday 14 December to Saturday 19 December. 

This year's festival focused on the theme of 'Connectedness'. Against the backdrop of social isolation, the devastation of COVID-19 and the rallying cry of Black Lives Matter, Tottenham Literature Festival arrived a week before Christmas to encourage community and a joyful celebration of Black narratives and stories. The festival brought together award-winning authors and incredible artists from Tottenham and beyond, including Ify Adenuga, Derek Owusu, Maaza Mengiste, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Stella Dadzie, Jay Bernard, David Lammy, Gary Younge, Jessica Horn, Lola Shoneyin and Zukiswa Wanner.

With a packed, blended programme of virtual storytelling, workshops, conversations and outdoor screenings, Tottenham Literature Festival continued to celebrate the word and storytelling in all its glorious forms. 

Culture Bubble: Art and Activism

On Saturday 28 November 2020 a panel of contemporary artists met to discuss and explore the space where politics and art collide. Drawing on a vast range of experience in their fields, each panellist talked about the personal challenges and motivations that cause them to speak out about important matters in art. 

The panel included; Zita Holbourne, Jarelle Francis, Rachelle Romeo and Kay Rufai.

The session was for young people aged 16-24 and forms part of a programme ran at Alexandra Palace, which supports young people to launch a career in the creative sector. 

If you didn't manage to join the discussion, you can watch a recording of the discussion online (external link).

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Online Workshop: A Story to Tell: Creating, Collecting and Sharing our Stories

Interested, but new to collecting stories? On Monday 19 October 2020 Bruce Castle Museum's archivist Julie Melrose, ran this workshop to explore how to go about setting up an oral history project to record people's stories for future generations to learn from and enjoy. If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation slides below.

For more information and to find out how to share your story, email

Online Event: Haringey Gold: Race Relations Seminar

This online seminar for young people was held on Friday 23 October 2020 and discussed the historical context of racial relations in the UK. It was delivered by local academics and facilitated by Haringey Community Gold and the Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with Access UK and London Elite. 

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Online Talk with Nico Blackstock - Exiled: Sixty Years Since the Arrival of Oliver Tambo

2020 marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement - sixty years since the exile of Oliver Tambo, later ANC leader, and thirty years since the release of Nelson Mandela. This talk on Thursday 29 October 2020 focused on how the two events link to the local history of Haringey, the place where Tambo spent his exile in Muswell Hill and where Mandela came to visit his friend. 

Children's Storytime: African Caribbean folktalkes with Wendy Shearer

On Friday 30 October 2020 at Marcus Garvey Library, author and storyteller Wendy Shearer, told African Caribbean folktales inspired by her heritage, and a childhood filled with written and oral stories passed down from her grandmother. Wendy is a professional storyteller and writer, telling folktales, myths and traditional tales to children and adults. This event was aimed at families and children aged 5 to 11 years.

Online Talk: Black Statues Around London by Avril Nanton

Held on Wednesday 7 October 2020. London is full of statues that represent black people. Avril Nanton gave a breakdown of these interesting, intriguing, and sometimes downright strange statues, memorials and busts.

Visit Avril's website (external link) for more walks, talks and events. 

Online Panel Discussion: United Black Women's Action Group (UBWAG)

On Monday 8 March 2021 an online panel discussion took place with former United Women's Action Group (UBWAG) members, including civil rights campaigner and community activist, Baroness Martha Osamor, Monica White, former UBWAG member, and Stella Dadzie, author, education activist and historian.

UBWAG was active in Haringey in the late 70s and early 80s and forms part of the rich tapestry of women's history in the borough. The discussion was chaired by Cllr Hearn, Haringey Council's Lead Member for Equalities. 

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Storytimes, craft packs and other online activities

African style mask image

Enjoy a selection of pre-recorded stories, craft packs and quizzes you can enjoy with family and friends. 

  • Haringey Libraries have pre-recorded a series of storytimes for you to enjoy. 
  • Download a selection of black history and culture themed craft activities to make at home.
  • Why not test your black history knowledge with our Black History children’s quiz?

For more information visit our Families page.

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Black in Haringey

In 2016 we produced ‘Black in Haringey’ - a groundbreaking documentary about the history of black people in Haringey. The documentary features interviews with actress Judith Jacobs, David Lammy MP and the owners of Haringey businesses including Body Music, Blooming Scent Cafe and Uncle John’s Bakery.

Watch the documentary now:

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.

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Page Last Updated:

October 4, 2021

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