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Black History Month 2020 event listings

Alongside our own Black History Month season, there are lots of other virtual events and activities happening around the borough to celebrate Black History Month. All events listed are free unless stated otherwise. 

Let us know if you are hosting events or activities to mark the occasion by filling in the form below.

List your Black History Month event

All events will follow the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and are subject to change or cancellation at short notice. Check the relevant event website for up to date information on events before you travel. 

Thursday 1 October

Royal Greenwich Black History Month launch 
Online event hosted on YouTube, 5pm
Tune in to watch our exciting launch video which will feature dance, music, poetry and a taster of some of the activities to come throughout the month. The video will be available to watch on our YouTube channel from Thursday 1 October at 5pm.

Adult African Fusion dance
Online event hosted on Zoom, 5.30pm-6.30pm, up to £4
This series of weekly online classes from Greenwich Dance provides an opportunity to slow down, fill our lungs with precious air, energise our bodies and stay connected in these times of self isolation. Booking required. 

Global Fusion Music and Arts Black History Month Launch 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 8pm
A vibrant world music night featuring a jazz singer, traditional Ugandan instruments, Kenyan music and a world-renowned African guitarist. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Zoom event (Meeting ID: 896 6447 422, passcode: 518665)

Friday 2 October

Let Our Legacy Continue
Live exhibition, runs until 28 October 2020
This project uses visual art, sound, music and words to capture and celebrate the rich material of our unique 'Caribbeaness' as reflected in our everyday lives. Our journey ends with an exhibition which we invite you to travel through, marking the beginning of a new adventure. 

Saturday 3 October

Uncovering the History of Black British Mariners
Live exhibition, runs until February 2021
Hidden histories of Black Greenwich Pensioners exhibition from the Old Royal Naval College.

Sunday 4 October

Black histories and futures family workshop
Live event at the National Maritime Museum, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Explore Black histories and futures through the National Maritime Museum’s collection and take part in creative activities with artist Ese Akpojotor. Time slots are 45 minutes each. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Monday 5 October

Ghost Meridian
Live activity at National Maritime Museum, 11am-4pm
Artworks exploring migration, colonialism, slavery, under-representation and injustice developed by BLKBRD Collective in collaboration with Royal Museums Greenwich will be on display until 5 November 2020. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Friday 9 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts evening of drama and music
Live event (also available online) at Shrewsbury House, 7pm and 8.30pm
International film and television actor Paterson Joseph presents Ignatius Sancho, a local Black composer from the 18th century. Two musicians and a local actor will also perform throughout the evening which will be live from Shrewsbury House. 
The live event will run twice in the evening and a limited number of tickets per performance. The event will also be available on the Global Fusion Music and Arts Facebook page and on Zoom. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365. Free but ticketed. 

Saturday 10 October

Ragtime to Grime – Bring It Home Tour
Live event from Greenwich Dance, 11am-7pm
Experience live performance performed on the pavement outside your home. Greenwich Dance and Temujin Gill’s bite-sized production Ragtime to Grime will be in different parts of the borough on different days, so gather your household and book a performance to come directly to you! Pay what you can. Until 24 October.

Sunday 11 October

Black histories and futures family workshop
Live event at the National Maritime Museum, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Explore Black histories and futures through the National Maritime Museum’s collection and take part in creative activities with artist Natalie Cooper. Time slots are 45 minutes each. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Our bodies, our health, our history
Live activity at various locations in the borough
Healthwatch Greenwich in collaboration with CraftA present a series of art exhibitions from local artists which will be popping up throughout October. Look out for our art stalls celebration Black women, the impact of structural racism on Black women’s health, and raising awareness of cancer screening for Black women. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Wednesday 14 October

Online Drawing Workshop with BLKBRD Collective
Online event hosted on Zoom from National Maritime Museum, 7pm-8pm
Celebrated street artists of the BLKBRD Collective talk about their latest commission for the Museum, inciting togetherness. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Thursday 15 October

Adult African Fusion dance
Online event hosted on Zoom, 5.30pm-6.30pm, up to £4
This series of weekly online classes from Greenwich Dance provides an opportunity to slow down, fill our lungs with precious air, energise our bodies and stay connected in these times of self isolation. Booking required. 

Global Fusion Music and Arts Poetry, Spoken Word and Music Night 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 7.30pm-10.30pm
An evening of poetry, spoken word and music around the theme of Black Lives Matter featuring a number of artists including international film and television actor Paterson Joseph. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Zoom event (Meeting ID: 861 0461 5582, passcode: 256013)

Friday 16 October

Mutiny at Sea: Enslaved African Resistance on Board
Online event from Royal Museums Greenwich, 6pm-7pm
Join historian Professor Hakim Adi, who will guide you through the histories of enslaved African resistance at sea and the political and cultural changes such events brought to society. Free but ticketed. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

The Kandi Girls Night Out In
Online workshop from Healthwatch Greenwich, 8pm-9pm
A fun interactive painting workshop celebrating the life and bodies of BAME women in our borough. Free but registration is required. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Sunday 18 October

Black histories and futures family workshop
Live event at the National Maritime Museum, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Explore Black histories and futures through the National Maritime Museum’s collection and take part in creative activities with artist Ese Akpojotor. Time slots are 45 minutes each. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Wednesday 21 October

Online drawing workshop with Christy Symington
Online event hosted on Zoom from National Maritime Museum, 7pm-8pm
London-based sculptor, Christy Symington, will discuss her sculpture of writer and anti-slavery campaigner Olaudah Equiano. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Thursday 22 October

Crochet Like Your Mother Used To Make
Online workshop, 11am-12.30pm
Knitting and crochet are global skills of great importance to women of the world, and especially of Caribbean and African Diaspora. Pick up your needles and hooks and join in the fun. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Adult African Fusion dance
Online event hosted on Zoom, 5.30pm-6.30pm, up to £4
This series of weekly online classes from Greenwich Dance provides an opportunity to slow down, fill our lungs with precious air, energise our bodies and stay connected in these times of self isolation. Booking required. 

Trinity Laban concert
Live events at St Alfege Church, SE10 9BJ, 1.05pm
Trinity Laban presents a lunchtime concerts with pre-concert talks and performances celebrating the music of black composers and performers. Concerts will be led by Trinity Laban students.
Live concerts are open to all and social distance measures will be in place.  All concerts will be filmed and made available to a wider audience on the Trinity Laban YouTube channel. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Find out more, book tickets and access the concert online

Friday 23 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts Africa Night 
Live event (also available online), 7.30pm-9.30pm
Live African music from Mosi Conde (Kora Player from Guinea) and the three-piece traditional highlife and palm wine band The Palm Wine High Priests
The live event will have a limited number of tickets available. The event can also be watched on the Global Fusion Music and Arts Facebook page and on Zoom. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Africa Night Zoom event (Meeting ID: 885 7987 0493, passcode: 866673)

Saturday 24 October

Kids Festival Culture Fiesta Online
Online event, 11am-2pm
An online entertaining arts and culture event that will educate, inform and inspire children about cultures from around the world. For children aged 8-15 years. Free but registration is required.

Sunday 25 October

Black histories and futures family workshop
Live event at the National Maritime Museum, 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Explore Black histories and futures through the National Maritime Museum’s collection and take part in creative activities with artist Natalie Cooper. Time slots are 45 minutes each. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Monday 26 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts singing and body percussion workshop
Online event hosted on Zoom, 4pm-5pm
Children’s singing and body percussion workshop with South African trumpeter and percussionist and Claude Deppa. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Zoom body percussion workshop (Meeting ID: 848 9020 4227, passcode: 495715)

In conversation with Stella Dadzie on Women, Slavery and Resistance
Online event from Royal Museums Greenwich, 7pm
Described as one of the "grandmothers" of Black Feminism in the UK, Stella Dadzie will be discussing her latest book A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance.

Tuesday 27 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts children's workshop 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 11am
Learn how to make an African necklace from cardboard/paper plate with Ayo Faleye. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Zoom children's workshop (Meeting ID: 879 3689 0558, passcode: 335163)

Wednesday 28 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts storytelling evening
Online event hosted on Zoom, 4pm-5pm
Stories from Africa and the Caribbean with Michelle Shortland. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the storytelling Zoom event (Meeting ID: 860 5119 5045, passcode: 979646)

Thursday 29 October

Trinity Laban music concert
Live events at St Alfege Church, SE10 9BJ, 1.05pm
Trinity Laban presents a lunchtime concerts with pre-concert talks and performances celebrating the music of black composers and performers. Concerts will be led by Trinity Laban students.
Live concerts are open to all and social distance measures will be in place.  All concerts will be filmed and made available to a wider audience on the Trinity Laban YouTube channel. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Find out more, book tickets or access the concert online

Health Symposium by Healthwatch Greenwich
Online event, 5pm-6.30pm
An engaging and lively panel discussion around the risks of health inequality to the overall wellbeing of BAME women in Greenwich. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.

Global Fusion Music and Arts children's workshop 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 7pm
Children's arts and crafts workshop – create a Caribbean carnival headdress with Ayo Faleye. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join Zoom workshop (Meeting ID: 834 9262 8979, passcode: 530187)

Black Women Making Waves
Online event, 7pm-8pm
A talk from Tony Warner of Black History Walks celebrating the contributions of the black women who have done amazing things on the water, from ancient voyages to female captains and feats of endurance, plus a chance to see a screening of the short film Surf Girls of Jamaica.

Global Fusion Music and Arts World Music Night
Online event hosted on Zoom, 8pm
An evening of live music from around the world streamed online. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the music Zoom event (Meeting ID: 834 6410 2531, passcode: 380718)

Friday 30 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts African Dance Workshops 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 6pm
Join Dennese Lawes for some African dancing. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 897 8152 0602, passcode: 957510)

Revolving journeys: A different narrative of the Caribbean diaspora
Online event, 7pm-8.30pm
Celebrating the Caribbean diaspora, this thought-provoking webinar brings together a panel of speakers to start a conversation on the relationship between the past and present. Developed collaboratively by Caribbean Social Forum, National Maritime Museum and University of Greenwich. 

Saturday 31 October

Global Fusion Music and Arts children's workshop 
Online event hosted on Zoom, 10.30am
Children's arts and crafts workshop – make an African Mask with Pearl Mendes. Part of Royal Greenwich Black History 365.
Join the Zoom workshop (Meeting ID: 865 1417 5220, passcode: 918303)