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Birmingham Black History Month 2016 launched

Individuals from across Birmingham will enjoy a packed evening of vibrant performances and speeches as part of Birmingham Black History Month launch, hosted at mac birmingham on Friday 30 September, 7pm – 9pm. The launch, now sold out, coordinated by Birmingham Blackstory Partnership (BBP), will include speeches from BBP member, Paulette Francis Green (PFG Consultancy) and Birmingham Councillor Sharon Thompson and Rev Eve Pitts. Performances include Rapper, Juice Aleem, Dance Artist, Jaivant Patel, Poet, Buki and violinist Melika Queely.

This year the Birmingham Blackstory Partnership - PFG Consultancy, Inspiring a New Generation, Strawberry Words and mac birmingham, have produced a new 32 page brochure with a fresh, new, celebratory design , also reflected in the stand-alone website – www.birminghamblackhistorymonth.co.uk. Funded by Birmingham City Council both highlight the multitude of events and activities taking place across the city, including music, theatre, poetry, exhibitions and film screenings, for all the family to enjoy.

Highlights during the month include:

  • 1 October- Family Awareness Day and Cultural Market at mac. Enjoy a free exhibition, arts and crafts for children, poetry, craft market and a screening of Black Britain on Film (£5, £3).
  • 6 Oct - Roy Macfarlane Book Launch as part of National Poetry Day Gala – The Rep. As a former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Roy will be launching his debut collection: Beginning with your Last Breath – a powerful exploration of love, loss and identity taking in the Black Country, Norman Tebbit and Marvin Gaye along the way. He’ll be joined by internationally renowned Jamaican Poet – Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.
  • 6 Oct 7pm – 9pm Beatfreeks present Poetry Jam - Come jam with an open community of creative minds. This month’s theme is ‘Black History Month’.
  • Sun 9 Oct 12 noon – 8.00pm, Holiday Inn - BEX LIVE Enterprise and Lifestyle Expo The UK’s Premier event celebrating, showcasing and championing the creativity and entrepreneurship of people of colour. Visit colourful and vibrant enterprise and lifestyle market place with over 70 exhibitors, including fashion, hair and beauty, wealth creation, health and interactive kids area plus live stage shows and competitions.
  • Sat 15 Oct 12 noon – 5pm Malcolm X Youth Conference – Birmingham City University - The Organisation of Black Unity is hosting the second annual youth conference remembering the legacy of Malcolm X and the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Part. An afternoon of teachings, performances and discussions.
  • 18 Oct - 8pm – 11pm - Homelands Showcase – Old Rep Theatre HOMELANDS celebrates the influence of the parental heritage of four contemporary UK based black music artists via film and music. Featuring Grime MC Saskilla (Senegal), R&B Mercury Music nominee Terri Walker (Jamaica), producer Diztortion
  • 22 Oct 7.30pm – 11pm - Lovers Rock Monologues Tour - Oct/Nov 2016 – Birmingham Rep - Lovers Rock icons, Carroll Thompson, Victor Romero Evans and Janet Kay come together to celebrate its golden years. The Lovers Rock Monologue fuses timeless music and theatrical storytelling, giving the audience a humorous and realistic account of the Lover’s Rock lifestyle.
  • 29 Oct 12pm – 6pm, Nubyond and Inspiring A New Generation Black History Family Day - Nubyond Universal Creativity Unit 4 The Square, Broad Street Black History celebrating the end of Black History Month. Black icons, arts auction, free arts and craft activities for children, craft stalls, refreshments, performances and music. FREE

Rebbecca Hemmings, BBP member and Director of Strawberry Words said: ‘With one of the largest programmes of activity outside London, Birmingham’s Black History Month reflects a growing interest in the Black experience. We have worked painstaking during the summer to collate a hugely diverse programme, of which we are extremely proud. There really is something for everyone – be it families, people of different cultures, academics, young and old, the LGBT community and more!’

Rebbecca continued: ‘There has been a growing anticipation prior to the release of these events, consequently some have already sold out – this includes two performances of: Rosa Parks the Hidden Story. So we urge people to book early and support the many events on offer both free and charged. The BBP plan to build upon this foundation with future projects, increasing momentum so that Birmingham’s Black History Month becomes a national asset of which the city can be proud.’

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader Birmingham City Council said: Birmingham City Council is proud to support Black History Month - an important feature of the city’s event calendar highlighting the significant contribution made by African, Caribbean and Asian people at home and abroad. Birmingham holds its diversity dear and the City Council is mindful of the need to reflect on its development, to learn new and inspiring stories, and to include as many people as possible in considering the impact of black history on our contemporary identity. I am confident that the programme will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests and hope that 2016 will be another successful year for this important initiative.’

For press enquiries please contact Marcia Springer, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer on 0121 446 3237 or email marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk.

Visit www.birminghamblackhistorymonth.co.uk to view all events.

‘With one of the largest programmes of activity outside London, Birmingham’s Black History Month reflects a growing interest in the Black experience. We have worked painstaking during the summer to collate a hugely diverse programme, of which we are extremely proud. There really is something for everyone – be it families, people of different cultures, academics, young and old, the LGBT community and more!’'

Rebbecca Hemmings, Strawberry Words and Birmingham Blackstory Partnership member.

Birmingham City Council is proud to support Black History Month - an important feature of the city’s event calendar highlighting the significant contribution made by African, Caribbean and Asian people at home and abroad. Birmingham holds its diversity dear and the City Council is mindful of the need to reflect on its development, to learn new and inspiring stories, and to include as many people as possible in considering the impact of black history on our contemporary identity. I am confident that the programme will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests and hope that 2016 will be another successful year for this important initiative.’

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader Birmingham City Council