Celebrate Black History Month at MAC

Fri 18 October 2019

Throughout October and beyond, MAC joins the nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture, showcasing a variety of events that represent and bring Black narratives to the forefront.

At MAC, the celebration of these narratives is not confined to the month of October. Our programme of performance, cinema, and visual arts continues to build upon MAC’s strong legacy of reflecting our multicultural city and the diverse audiences we welcome through our doors every day.

Here’s a few of our key season highlights honouring Black British stories, along with upcoming performances, exhibitions and more…

StereoHype – Call Me Unique, Lady Sanity & Trademark Blud

Fri 11 October | BEDLAM Festival

At the close of BEDLAM Festival 2019, Red Earth Collective brought StereoHype to MAC, an initiative offering a platform to three of the Midlands’ talented rising hip-hop and R’n’B artists to explore black experiences of mental health.

Award-winning Lady Sanity performed beside innovative rapper Trademark Blud and the soulful Call Me Unique, to create an evening of thought-provoking entertainment.

Black Men Walking

Tue 29 – Thu 31 October | From £8.50

Eclipse Theatre Company brings the highly acclaimed, sell-out production of ‘Black Men Walking’ to the Midlands. Described as ‘Powerful, political, lyrical’ by The Stage - along with a 5-star accolade – the play documents the story of three men who walk on the first Saturday of every month. 

However, this walk is different: in order to move forward they must journey back through 2000 years of Black-British History. Both inspired by and dedicated to the Sheffield-based Black Men’s Walking Group, don’t miss this wonderful showcase, the first story from Eclipse’s movement ‘Revolution Mix’.

Our on-going programme...

Getting the Third Degree

1 November | From £8.50

RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre present ‘Getting the Third Degree’: incorporating 1970s funk, soul and blues, MAC will bear witness to the moving story of West Bromwich Albion’s Laurie Cunningham and his fellow black players, Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis as they triumph over racial abuse through their own brilliant sportsmanship. Tickets are selling very fast for this, don’t delay in getting your hands on one!

Phoenix Dance Theatre: The Rite of Spring and Left Unseen

8 – 9 November | From £8.50

We are quivering with anticipation to host the renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre during the first week of November, who are presenting The Rite of Spring and Left Unseen.

Poignantly, Nijinsky’s macabre Russian original is reworked by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus who chooses to incorporate the ceremony and celebration of Haitian voudou.

Visual Arts...

The Influence Project

Opening 18 January | Free

Keep an eye out for The Influence Project in January, a photography exhibition documenting trailblazing black musicians over the last few decades who have influenced the sounds of hip-hop, R’n’B, funk and soul that we blare out of our speakers in the 21st century.

The Influence Project is a photography exhibition celebrating the impact of leading black musicians on contemporary sound and culture. Many of the pioneers within this exhibit have revolutionised genres and created extraordinary music which is now being absorbed by each new generation and transformed again into something new.

5000 Miles and 70 Years

Opened 5 May 2018 | Ongoing | Free

Following our hugely popular Windrush season, you can still come and enjoy Vanley Burke’s stunning installation 5000 Miles and 70 Years next to our First Floor Gallery.

Vanley Burke is a renowned photographer concerned especially with Black culture in Britain, he was born in Jamaica in 1951 and has lived in Birmingham since 1965. Alongside his numerous exhibitions, Burke is also an avid collector and his archive is vast, including posters, clothes, records and ornaments that provide an invaluable insight into the UK’s African Caribbean communities.