Black History Season

A celebration of the history, culture and influences of the African diaspora on British life. The season will focus on local and international connections, highlighting achievements in science, arts, education and business. Acknowledging the past and looking to the future.

Back to the Future demonstrating how Black lives have and will always matter

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Black History Season Youtube
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We are parable
Black Film Collectives: Then and Now
Celebrating Black History Season at Swiss Cottage Gallery
Curated by Anthony Andrews of We Are Parable in partnership with LUX, BFI and The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive.
5 Oct - 19 Nov 2020 at Swiss Cottage Gallery

Working with the collection of Camden-based national film organisation LUX, The British Film Institute and the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive the curator will select artists’ moving image work and material that reveals and celebrates Black British filmmaking, voices and ideas.

This exhibition presents the creative power of Black artist filmmakers in a national context, exploring cultural and political narratives through film from the 1960s to the present day.
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Black History Season presents STEAM futures, motivating and inspiring young Black people to explore careers that span Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths
The STEAM futures programme is a suite of video resources for teachers and parents to share with young people. The resources are a set of interviews, hosted by young people, with Black STEAM ambassadors who will provide advice and support that young people need to progress in a STEAM career.

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Library Lates
Traditional late night story tales with TUUP - the Unorthodox Unprecedented Preacher, Usifu - The Cowfoot Prince and guest live musician

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Black Joy
Marlon Palmer of Kush Films the UK’s longest running and leading exhibitor of black films invites industry guests to discuss the pioneering legacy of UK black film exhibitors and also look at successful black film distribution & how to get your film distributed.

Film showing and panel discussion ‘Black Culture and Media representation in Film and TV' hosted by Marlon Palmer - Kush Films

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cook a longs
Join us for our Sunday Cookalong demo each and every Sunday with Camden linked Chefs, Staff and Residents

Oct 11 : Chef Monty cooks Curry Goat

Oct 18 : Chef Richard Simpson cooks Dumpling and Festival

Oct 25: Chef Richard Simpson cooks Stew Chicken

Nov 01: Youngsters Rourke and Quinne Archer cook Fish Fritters

Nov 15: Camden staff member Sandra Soteriou cooks Bannann Peze (Haitian style fried plantain)

Nov 22: Chef Colleen Zhuwi (Camden Staff intern) prepares a Zimbabwean salad

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small green shoots
Small Green Shoots : Bars and Conversation
Bars and Conversations is a prerecorded podcast aimed to address specific topics in the music industry, 3 diverse and talented artists will perform a piece of their work and speak a bit about their creative journey and their inspirations/influences. They will then sit down and have a raw and honest discussion about the 3 following topics and how it impacts their careers.

- Cultural appropriation

- Being a black female

- Being from the LGBTQ community

This will be recorded on the 9th of October at Phoenix Court and edited for launch on the 27th October at 7pm on our official Small Green Shoots youtube channel as well as their IGTV.

Click here to watch the first instalment of the podcast
Claudia Jones
Contemporary Activism, from past to present: Making lasting change for the Black community
Over Black History Season we will be remembering activist and journalist Claudia Jones, founder of Carnival in London at St Pancras Town Hall (Camden Centre) by inviting guest speakers to comment and reflect on how she influenced their activism. ​

​We will have a series of virtual conversations which will showcase the many ways in which the Black community have been driving change for the good of society. ​

“Contemporary Activism: from past to present” was a series of online discussions with leaders of change, exploring the different approaches to activism, what change has happened and how you can get involved. We Kicked off the season with a panel discussion with special guest Stella Dadzie who was joined by a number of inspirational activists.

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How our journey began
Back to the Future: How our Journey Began
Back to the Future: How our Journey began coordinated by Camden Black Workers Group (CBWG)
This was a programme of conversation featuring guest speakers - Patrick Vernon OBE, British social commentator, Basil Gabbidon musician Steel Pulse and activist; Dr Angela Herbert – Chair of Violent Crime prevention board and Kieran Ferdinand Camden Council
Hosted and facilitated by Alim Kamara

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Little Leaders
Rhyme Time, Stories and Little Leaders in Black History with Tyan
Workshops throughout October - December with Tyan Archer!

Rhyme Time with Tyan
Join Tyan on Saturday Mornings for her Rhyme and Story Time sessions for under 5s with Tyan Archer to celebrate Black History Season, exclusively on our Youtube

Little Leaders Workshop with Tyan Archer
Inspired by Vashti Harrison’s trail blazing stories for Children, our Libraries will be hosting activities, role-play and workshops for 7 – 11 year olds