Croydon’s black history month events programme launches this week, and includes workshops, exhibitions, talks, conferences, performances, and film screenings at libraries and venues across the borough.
Guest speakers at the opening night of the month’s events will be Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Thornton Heath’s MOBO award winning singer, Faith Child.
Every year in October Croydon joins the rest of the UK in celebrating black history by remembering people, places and events from the African Diaspora that have made an historical impact and by highlighting those who are making history today
Many local events are free, and the breadth of variety means there is something to interest everybody.
“Black History Month has an important place in our calendar. We must preserve the heritage of all of us within society and pass it on to future generations. By celebrating the traditions of all our communities through story-telling, literature, film, festivals, crafts, and dance we can bring people together and promote greater awareness, respect and understanding among all of us.”
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice
Always popular are the chances to meet Rastamouse creator, Michael D’Souza. He will be appearing at libraries in Thornton Heath, Ashburton and New Addington, and booking is recommended to reserve a place.
Talks and conferences that are part of the month are being held at the offices of AmicusHorizon in High Street, Croydon and at the Croydon Conference Centre in Surrey Street.
A series of films in the David Lean Cinema at Croydon Clocktower in Katharine Street include Mary Kom, Rock Star, and Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
Places are still available for the launch night, which is being held at 6pm-8pm in the Community Space, mint walk, Croydon on Tuesday 4 October. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the number of places requested.
Full details of the month-long programme are available at www.croydon.gov.uk/ccbh.
Croydon’s events compliment a wider programme of activity across London.