Birmingham's Black History Month returns with new partnership and theme for 2016

Tue 2 August 2016

This year, Birmingham’s Black History Month, 1 – 31 October, will be led and produced by Birmingham Blackstory Partnership, a collaborative group of like-minded organisations and individuals including; Inspiring A New Generation, Strawberry Words Ltd, Paulette Francis Green and mac birmingham. Funded by Birmingham City Council, and leading with the theme of Black music icons, the celebratory month will host an array of events and performances from large and small organisations across the city, including poetry, theatre, dance and cinema screenings. Officially opening the season with a launch event for invited guests on Friday 30 September, the showcase will feature local talent both professional and emerging.

With the recent deaths of Prince and Phife Dawg (A Tribe called Quest) in addition to the many who have died before them, including Bob Marley, Phil Lynott, Jimi Hendrix, Aaliyah, Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson, Birmingham's Black History Month will be an opportunity to celebrate their contributions and influence, while acknowledging future talent and creativity across the city. The month will also be an opportunity for all to enjoy a diverse programme, informed and produced by established organisations alongside community based establishments. It will be a great occasion for all communities to enjoy the best that Birmingham has to offer.

Organisations and individuals with events planned can now submit their information via a submission form (below) via the Facebook page at: or by emailing Birmingham Black History Month Coordinator – Paulette Francis-Green at

The deadline for submissions and possible inclusion within the brochure is Wednesday 10 August 2016.

The Black History Month website and brochure, listing all activities will be available mid September.

For press enquiries please contact Marcia Springer, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer on 0121 446 3237 or email