Previous events - Black History



A Windrushers 75th Celebration Sketch Show - 'Welcome to England'

When: Sunday 29 October, 5 - 7pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: £3.50 - £7 (booking fee applies)

The event is a series of sketches developed by the students talking about their experiences, supported by poetry from Spoken Word and an exciting book launch.


Workshop: Making a collective story-telling chair

Making a collective story-telling chair

When: Sunday 29 October, 1.30pm - 4pm

Where: Bruce Castle Museum

Cost: Free 

The workshop with Las Witchas Collective will explore the memories and knowledge our grandmothers have left in us to create a collective story-telling chair. As migrants, personal memories and specially the relationships with our ancestors, are what keep our roots and connections to our homeland alive.

Film Premier: Windrush 75: What is Home?

 What is Home?

When: Saturday 28 October, 2pm - 4pm

Where: Bruce Castle Museum

Cost: Free

Join us for the premier film showing of 'The Excursion', a documentary that explores the inspiring stories of Haringey people who came to Britain from the Caribbean as part of the Windrush Generation.

Event: Celebrating Black Histories

When: Saturday 28 October, 12 - 6pm

Where: Living Under One Sun, Down Lane Park

Cost: Free

Join us for this fantastic family fun day celebrating the black histories of our neighbourhood with health, wellbeing and eco activities, arts and crafts.


RISE Project Presents... Somali Culture Night 2023

Somali Culture Night 2023

When: Friday 27 October, 4.30pm - 10pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: Free

Our yearly cultural extravaganza brings you the best in Somali culture, music, poetry and dance from renowned Somali artist and performers.


In Conversation: An Evening with Judith Jacob

When: Wednesday 25 October, doors open 7pm

Where: Bruce Castle Museum and Archive

Cost: Free

Come and hear her very own stories and how she has contributed to making British onscreen history – Judith, in conversation with Lady Esi.


OLCA African Dance Workshop

OLCA African Dance Workshop

When: Wednesday 25 October, 12pm - 3.30pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: Free

OLCA brings you an empowering wellness experience of African dance and drumming and will help promote diversity, community cohesion and development in Haringey.


Book Club: Celebrating the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

When: Saturday 21 October, 2 - 3pm

Where: Marcus Garvey Library

Cost: Free

Celebrating the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the book club will be reading and reviewing Purple Hibiscus.

LK Yoga and Wellness Taster Session

When: Friday 20 October, 3 - 7pm

Where: St Ann's Library

Cost: Free

We're thrilled to offer a yoga and wellness taster session as part of Black History Month. It is suitable for all abilities and will feature a range of wellness techniques, including yoga, sound therapy, meditation, and more.

Live music: Contemporary Jazz, R&B & Neo-Soul

When: Wednesday 18 October, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Where: Coombes Croft Library

Cost: Free

Enjoy an evening of live music, celebrating its roots in the black communities of North America. Contemporary Jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul performed by Joseph Abe on saxophone and piano.

HLP's BHM Celebration Event: 'Saluting Our Sisters'

When: Wednesday 18 October, 2.30 - 4.30pm

Where: Haringey Learning Partnership

Cost: Free

Join us to see our students' work, completed across the curriculum. Enjoy performances and taste delicious African and Caribbean food from local Black-owned businesses.

Broadway Brunch (over 50s)

Broadway Brunch

When: Wednesday 18 October, 11.45am - 2.30pm

Where: Jacksons Lane

Cost: £5

This October, join us in North Tottenham as we witness entertainment from much-loved poets, singers and dancers, around a glorious Caribbean feast brought to us by Blooming Scent Café.

Reminiscence Cafe @ The Castle: Who Do We Think We Are?

When: Tuesday 17 October, 2 - 4pm

Where: Bruce Castle Museum

Cost: Free

Every family has interesting, funny or sad stories, so can you share some of them with us? 

Follow Your Art for National Hate Crime Awareness Week

When: Tuesday 17 October, 10am - 12pm

Where: Wood Green Library

Cost: Free

The workshop's themes and overarching concept will include the celebration of diversity within Haringey, highlighting the history of remarkable and inspirational individuals from the area.

Celebrate Black History Month with Ubele Initiative

When: Sunday 15 October, 12 - 5pm

Where: Wolves Lane Centre

Cost: Free

Learn more about Ubele's key projects, including Eat Wood Green and our plans for a new food growing and education space in Haringey.


Black History Tour: Stroud Green Road Legacy Walk with Avril Nanton

When: Sunday 15 October, 11am

Where: Meet at the Pret a Manger outside Finsbury Park station

Cost: Free

With Avril you will discover more about pioneering trailblazer John La Rose and the George Padmore Institute, the New Beacon Bookshop, Black supplementary schools, protests by Haringey anti-apartheid group as well as local Black-led businesses.

Capoeira Workshop


When: Saturday 14 October, 1 - 2pm

Where: Wood Green Library

Cost: Free

Capoeira 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.

Black History Haringey 365 Celebration event 2023

When: Thursday 12 October, 5.30 - 9pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: Free

Join us at Bernie Grant Arts Centre for an evening of dance, music, poetry, speeches and much more, in celebration and recognition of the huge contribution Black communities have made and continue to make in Haringey. 

Film Screening: ME MY MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH . . . A story by SHOCKA


When: Tuesday 10 October, 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Where: Everyman Cinema, Muswell Hill

Cost: Free

Directed by SMILA, this mental health docufilm is an extraordinary exploration of his personal journey and triumph over adversity. With compelling narrative, SHOCKA shares his experiences of the power of music and its impact on mental health.

Craft and Conversation: World Mental Health Day event with Sewn Together

Better Mental Health

When: Tuesday 10 October, 12pm - 2pm

Where: Chestnuts Community Centre

Cost: Free

On World Mental Health Day which also falls in Black History Month, we invite you to join us for a special event where you can express your creativity and connect with others.

Talk and Exhibition: Black History Month 2023 Fashion and Identity

When: Tuesday 10 October, 10am - 4pm

Where: Winkfield Resource Centre

Cost: Free

As you know every cloth carries a strong message about an individual’s history and cultural identity. Therefore, the clothing of a person is a means of communication with the outside world.

Tea Party Delight

Tea Party DelightWhen: Saturday 7 October

Where: Marcus Garvey Library, 2 - 4pm

Cost: Free

Come enjoy refreshments and entertainment, with Winston Albert, celebrating Black History with live Calypso music, songs, stories from the Windrush, and more!

Graceland Reimagined: London African Gospel Choir

When: Friday 6 October, doors open 6.30pm

Where: Alexandra Palace

Cost: Tickets from £29.25 to £40.25

The London African Gospel Choir bring their re-imagined and totally uplifting rendition of Paul Simon’s iconic Graceland album to the Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Launch of Exhibition: Windrush 75 'The Grip'

When: Wednesday 4 October, 6 - 8pm

Where: Bruce Castle Museum

Cost: Free but places must be booked through Eventbrite (external link)

Focusing on ‘the grip’ – a traveller’s suitcase – this community-led exhibition marks Windrush 75 with photographs, written word, a short film and artwork.

Stories and Art Workshop: Fruits for the Soul

When: Monday 2 and Wednesday 4 October, 3.30 - 4.45pm

Where: Coombes Croft Library

Cost: Free

Join Maureen - Friend of Coombes Croft Library - as they tell stories celebrating family life, featuring: Atinuke, and Song & Splash! by Anna Habiscus. Followed by an Art workshop: tropical fruit, still life sketches.


Workshop: Fola the Music, Voices Unleashed

Fola the Music

When: Saturday 16 September, 10.15am - 6pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: From £65

“Voices Unleashed” is an immersive one-day singing workshop open to everyone, from novice to expert singers, designed to unlock the hidden potential of your voice.


Interactive Workshop: Better BAME Women's Health

Better BAME Women's Health

When: Monday 18 September 2023, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Where: Chestnuts Community Centre

Cost: Free

A free event for women who want to learn more about high blood pressure and how to prevent or manage it.


Black Lens - Pretty Red Dress (15+)

When: Thursday 6 July, 7pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: £9

Travis has just been released from prison and it quickly becomes apparent that everything has changed while he’s been gone.


Steppaz - The 10th Series

When: Saturday 15 July, 3 and 6pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Cost: Adult £20, under 16 £12 

Since they opened their doors in 2013, Steppaz high energy and precise dance routines have set them apart from their peers.



All Roads by Roy Williams (12+)

When: Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April, 1.30 and 7.30pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

All Roads is the world premiere of a new play by Roy Williams (Death of England, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads) which explores what it means to love, grieve and build your own future, being young Black British today.


This is not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (15)

When: Thursday 6 April, 7pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

'This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection' is a critically acclaimed feature that pits the strength of collective resistance against the forces of capitalism and colonialism.



Simmer Down Fridays presents African Pursuit

When: 24 Feb 2023,  7 to 9pm

  • Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

African Pursuit is a game that traces the journey of the African diaspora from pre-colonial Africa, through the triangular slave trade to the movement for civil rights in the USA and independence movements in the Caribbean and Africa. No prior knowledge required but a sense of humour is essential!



See the Black History Haringey 365 2022 full events list (PDF, 734KB)



When: Sunday 17, 24 and 31 July, 11am to 1.30pm

Where: Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Three workshops exploring the local connection to nature in Tottenham.




See the full list of  Black History Month Events 2021 (PDF, 452KB)


  • Performance: Vest-igios - all about brotherhoods, a journey through a dystopian wasteland, fusing stunning physical performance with film to create a remarkable visual journey at Jackson's Lane theatre
  • Young Curators, Future Histories – Telling and redefining stories from Haringey’s Black Heritage through a hybrid event at Bruce Castle Museum


  • Haringey Creates: Diversifying the Creative Curriculum - Haringey Creates brought together teachers and artists online to discuss how we can champion the work of our diverse artists in the borough and beyond 


  • The Bernie Grant Arts Centre 2021 Windrush Festival - 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
  • Celebrating Windrush Day with Haringey Learning Partnership - Haringey Learning Partnership delivered a number of activities including music, dance, art, food, performances and talks
  • Windrush Event at T on the Green -  T on the Green in Bruce Castle Park 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


  • Online Event: Talking Textiles - Celebrating the Crafting Genius of Althea McNish - Bruce Castle Museum joined with Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths College for this special talk, to celebrate the life and work of Althea McNish (1924-2020) of Trinidad and Tottenham
  • Online Talk: Haringey Women's History Walk - Bruce Castle Museum and Avril Nanton organised an 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 in or visited the borough


  • Culture Bubble: Youth Voice - In a free Zoom webinar, run as part of a programme at Alexandra Palace, 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 


See the full list of  Black History Month Events 2020 (PDF, 563KB)


  • Tottenham Literature Festival - The Bernie Grant Arts Centre's Tottenham Literature Festival, a bold festival of words with a theme of 'Connectedness' ran from Monday 14 December to Saturday 19 December


  • Culture Bubble: Art and Activism - a panel of contemporary artists met to discuss and explore the space where politics and art collide, ran as part of a programme at Alexandra Palace. 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


  • Online Workshop: A Story to Tell: Creating, Collecting and Sharing our Stories - 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 A Story to Tell Presentation (PDF, 1786KB)
  • Online Event: Haringey Gold: Race Relations Seminar - a discussion of 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
  • Exiled: Sixty Years Since the Arrival of Oliver Tambo - this online talk focused the local history of Haringey, the place where Tambo spent his exile in Muswell Hill and where Nelson Mandela came to visit his friend
  • Children's Storytime: African Caribbean folktalkes with Wendy Shearer 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
  • Online Talk: Black Statues Around London by Avril Nanton - 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


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

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October 30, 2023