October is Black History Month and there's a wealth of events going on throughout Manchester...
Black History Month 2021 at HOME
1st – 31st October
A curated season of events celebrating Black artistic brilliance and talent across film, theatre, art, music and comedy. There’s an extensive programme aiming to bring people together to uplift, inspire and entertain, including online theatre shows and discussions around climate change, exploring non-traumatic Black experiences on screen, specially curated film programme celebrating Black joy, love, and light within the Black narrative, and chances to take part in change-making and interactive panel discussions.
Black Creatives: In Conversation
1st – 31st October
Throughout October, HOME are releasing 3 free exclusive online video interviews with Black creatives exploring what it’s like to be a Black creative working in the arts and cultural sector today. These 10-minute open conversations will help emerging creatives gain an insight into the careers and backgrounds of Black creatives/artists within the industry. They include DJ Paulette, Karen Gabay, and Venessa Scott.
Windrush Generations Manchester Voices Exhibition @ Central Library
5th – 31st October
Windrush Generations Manchester Voices is a FREE digital exhibition, on the ground floor of Central Library in Archives+, that focuses on the personal histories and stories of 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation African Caribbeans in Manchester. Discover personal perspectives on: struggles and achievements, art and activism and the history and legacy of immigration.
Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD
Can I Live? @ HOME
11th – 17th October
Part of HOME’s Black History Month season, Can I Live? sees Fehinti Balogun take you on a journey into the world of environmental activism, as he tells the story of how, as a young Black British man, his path has been forever changed by what he’s learnt about our planet. Using original hip-hop and spoken word, Can I Live? is an energising and uplifting exploration of the place where the climate emergency and social justice meet, and a call-to-arms to anyone curious about what we can do to help.
Remembering the Way @ The Kings Arms
17th – 21st October
A new production at Salford’s brilliant Kings Arms, written and directed by Curtis Cole from Moss Side, and produced by Rising Moon Productions. Offering a unique and overlapping dialogue that makes the audience travel into time to experience the intense life of a black man, recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers trying to reconnect and make good with his estranged son and past.
Breaking the Silence on the Slave Trade
Sunday 17th October
A (FREE) unique immersive theatrical tour for Black History Month fictionalizing a meeting by key members of the 18th and early 19th century British abolitionist movement. Celebrate 18th century Black British Abolitionists such as Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince, and women such as Mary Birkett Card, who along with William Wilberforce used the power of their stories to end the slave trade. Through speeches, personal narratives, and song, we tell their stories in their own words.
Black History Is World History with Linford Sweeney @ Central Library
Every Wednesday throughout Black History Month, educator Linford Sweeney will host a series of FREE workshops which will take you on a whirlwind exploration of black history through the ages. Each session is delivered with Linford’s unique interactive and discussion-based workshop style in Central Library’s search room – after hours.
Health Inequalities: Build Back Better
Wednesday 20th October
Join the School of Health Sciences for an event to celebrate Black History Month, with speakers including:
– Oyebanji (Banji) Adewumi (University Director of EDI) – “Black History Month – A Time for Change ”
– Adam Danquah (FBMH AD for Inclusive Education and Engagement) – “A Hair Out of Place: The Psychological Impact of a Black Body in White Space”
– Hema Radhakrishnan (FBMH Associate Dean for Social Responsibility)
Black Josh @ YES
Thursday 21st October
Hailing from South Manchester, Black Josh is seen by many to be one of the most electrifying hip-hop artists to emerge from the UK. Starting off with his crew Ape Cult at 17, he’s since produced some belting albums and joined Levelz – A Mancunian collective of MCs, producers and creatives, where everyone in the group have their own specific skills and connections. He’ll be hitting up The Pink Room at YES on the 21st.
Mo Gilligan — There’s Mo To Life @ O2 Apollo
Friday 22nd October
Fresh from his smash hit global Netflix release, BAFTA nomination and No. 1 trending entertainment show, Mo Gilligan is back with a brand-new World Tour. Expect a jam-packed high-energy show like no other, with his high-energy style and stunning physicality. The show at the Apollo is sold out but you can likely pick some up on Twickets over the next couple of weeks.
Oscar #Worldpeace @ YES
Friday 22nd October
Tottenham artist Oscar #Worldpeace seeks to give back to Manchester through a lyrical celebration with a particular focus on the strength of black femininity. Mainstream music has become fertile ground for experiencing a variety of intersecting black music genres and as #Worldpeace remarks “it should be used to spark conversations, by unifying people and separating the idiots”.
Pip Millett @ Academy 3
Wednesday 27th October
Pip Millet is a British vocalist and lyricist. She is additionally a model. Her vocation formally started with her presentation melody “Make Me Cry” in 2018. Pip Millet got acquainted with music when she was 14 years of age. Her collection “Lost In June” is perhaps the best collection both execution and creation astute.