Black History Month 2018


blackhistorymonthBlack History Month returns with a packed programme of special events to Reading this October, thanks to coordination by the Council working alongside voluntary groups and organisations from across the town.

Reading can look forward to a range of community driven celebrations, theatre, poetry, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks throughout the month, with something for everybody to enjoy.

Ongoing Talks Debates and Discussions:

There will also be a lively timetable of talks, debates and discussions throughout the month: On Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, join an expert panel who will offer advice on starting up your own business, under the theme of ‘Self-Employment – the Real Deal.’ The panel will include members of Berkshire Black Business.

'Mental Health Awareness, Sharing Responsibility for Our Wellbeing' - Friday 12th @ RISC, London Street

On Friday 12th October, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (Acre) and Utulivu Women’s Group are presenting a discussion on ‘Mental Health Awareness, Sharing Responsibility for Our Wellbeing’ at Reading International Solidarity Centre, London Street.

Sharad Utsav Festival - 15th - 18th October @ Rivermead Leisure Centre

Reading residents can look forward to a wide range of community celebrations: The Bengali Cultural Society is marking the festival of Sharad Utsav on 15th-18th October, with a host of workshops, music and dance.

Dusshera Festival - 20th October @ Rivermead Leisure Centre

On Saturday 20th October, from 5pm to 10pm, Reading celebrates the worldwide festival of Dusshera; one of the highlights of the Hindu calendar. This year’s cultural entertainment includes fun fair rides, fireworks, food stalls and lots more. Both events take place at Rivermead Leisure Centre. blackhistorymural

Reading International Festival - 15th - 31st October @ Multiple Venues

Reading International Festival runs from Monday 15th to Wednesday 31st October, under the theme off ‘Unite and Act for Human Survival’, with a series of films and talks across Reading, including ‘Join the Zimbabwe Conversation’ a celebration with Zimbabweans in Reading at RISC, 35-39 London Street on Friday 19th October.

70 Years of Windrush - 15th - 31st October @ Reading Central Library

Reading Central Library is holding an exhibition from 15th to 31st October, celebrating 70 years of the arrival of The Empire Windrush, showcasing stories from local residents about their own journeys from overseas and how they came to live in Reading.

Anansi Story Animation Workshop - Tuesday 23rd October @ Reading Central Library

The library is also offering an Anansi Story Animation Workshop on Tuesday 23rd October, suitable for ages 6-12. Tickets are available from Reading Central Library.

Authors Evening - 17th October @ Mayor's Parlour, Civic Offices

Budding writers can benefit from an evening hosted by several local authors – with speakers including authors Una Chandler, Cecily Mwaniki, Keith Seville and Shirley Anstis at the Mayor’s Parlour in the Civic Office, 7pm to 9pm on 17th October.

diabel cissokhoAnti-Slavery Awareness Day - 18th October @ Reading Museum

On 18th October, as part of Anti-Slavery Awareness Day, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality is exploring the topic of Commonwealth Citizens leading to the recent Windrush Scandal and the Reading Museum is hosting a talk by Bafa Reading on Saturday 27th October, 2pm – 3pm under the theme of ‘Windrush – A Reading Perspective.’

'The Magic of Motown' - Thursday 18th October @ The Hexagon 

At the Hexagon, Reading Arts will be presenting ‘The Magic of Motown’ on Thursday 18th October.

African Night Fever - 20th October @ South Street Arts Centre

At South Street Arts Centre, African Night Fever presents Diabel Cissokho on Saturday 20th October, with his tantalising traditional West African rhythms that stem from the roots of his vibrant Sengalese culture.

Cllr Sarah Hacker, Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the important contribution that the black community has made to the diverse culture of this country and Reading.

“There is so much going on throughout the month, with something for everyone. I encourage residents to take in some of the great events happening in the community and at venues around the town.”



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