Free Cultural Calendar

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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song
A millennium of history from the countries of West Africa
British Library - Until 16 February
(£10 Adult/Under 18 FREE)
Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar
Exhibition exploring the lives of Black people during the Georgian
period, exploring the narrative of slavery, settlement and Black British
Black Cultural Archives - Until 9 April 2016
Ghosts: Keith Piper/Roshini Kempadoo
Black Art and Design Professo Paul Goodwin presents two key works
by these artists exploring the relationship between subjectivity and
Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square - Until 11 December 2015
12 December
Islamaphobia Conference 2015: The Changing Face of Racism
The Islamic Human Rights Commission and Scotland Against
Criminalising Communties are twinning for the second annual
Islamophobia conference. London's Islamophobia conference, titled
the Changing Face of Islamophobia, will look at how Islamophobia is
a form of racism.
14:00 – 18:30, p21 Gallery, 21 Charloton Street, London
12 December
Refugee Conference – Refugees and migrants, do they have a
future in Europe
The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) & the Association of Muslim
Lawyers (AML) invite you to analyse and discuss the current refugee
and migrant crisis at this landmark international conference. Keynote
speaker, The Mayor of Catania, Sicily.
9:00 – 17:00, Central Hall Westminster
13 January
Ethnography of Africa and the Caribbean
A course for those interested in leaning about African and Caribbean
culture and history whilst exploring themes of slavery and their
relation to the contemporary British social and political landscape.
13 Jan – 23 March, Goldsmiths University
Family Activities
12 December
Curating Black Narratives: Archives & multi-media family day
Join us for an informal day of exploration and creativity. We invite the
whole family to dig into the art and archives within the stunning No
Colour Bar exhibition to discover what was then, and celebrate what
is now. Bring your own family photographs to share the stories that
shape your world and make your own connections. Using the Huntley
Archive materials to explore how to tell the story of your history, we
have created an informal day with different activities to engage the
family across the ages including:– Make your own ‘zine workshop with
visual artist and storyteller, Rudy Loewe (first come, first served)
– Quiz Time: Inside the Walter Rodney Book Shop
– Take a family tour of the No Colour Bar exhibition
– Capturing memories on Film
10:30 – 14:30, Guildhall Art Gallery, London
19 December
Family Tree Workshop
Create your own family workshop and learn how to research and
make your genealogical representation of your family with
experienced family researchers.
11:00 – 13:00, Black Cultural Archives
19 December
Festive Fun in the Courtyard
Come and celebrate the festive season at the Black Cultural Archives,
celebrating community, family and togetherness in the spirit of
African tradition Umoja.
13:00 – 18:00, Black Cultural Archives
11 January
Denzil Forrester – Artist’s Talk
Listen to Denzil Forrester’s talk about London urban life as his
inspiration, his artistic practice and career, featured in the No Colour
Bar exhibition.
12:30 – 14:30 Guildhall Art Gallery
17 December
The Life of Phillis Wheatley
Explore the life of Phillis Wheatley, the first published African
American woman. Brought to Boston in 1761 by a slave ship and
encouraged to write by her owners.
13:00 British Cultural Archives
14 January
Black People in Lambeth’s 18th Century Parish Registers
Explore this talk challenging the idea that Black People inhabited
London after the Windrush generation and discover the small black
community of Lambeth in the 1700s through archival exploration.
18:00 – 19:30 Black Cultural Archives
30 January
TEDxEastEnd – Society Beyond Borders
TEDxEastEnd continues to explore the theme ‘Society Beyond
Borders’. This one-day event will be immersive, engaging and
compelling. Using live TED-style speakers, performances and prerecorded TED Talks, they will explore the rich ideas and latest
thinking that are fundamental to our mission and inspiring action to
improve the communities we live in. The East End of London is a
special place, recognised for its creativity and innovation. There are
ideas to be unlocked, thoughts to be shared and connections to be
made, and ‘Society Beyond Borders’ is at the heart of this with four key
themes: Global mobility of people and ideas benefits society. The local
and the global are inextricably linked. Sharing knowledge and ideas
across borders drives progress. Ideas empower people towards
positive social impact.
12:00 – 21:00, Hackney Empire, London