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Black History Month 2021 in London

Discover the stories and art of Black artists at exhibitions hosted during Black History Month across London. Credits: Zari Gallery.
Enjoy the citywide celebration of Black communities with epic events across the city during Black History Month 2021 in London.

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Discover cultural events celebrating Black communities, culture and history during Black History Month 2021 in London, throughout October.

What's on during Black History Month 2021?

  • Join a Black History River Cruise to explore thousands of years of African and Caribbean history, with a special lineup of historical speakers. 3 Oct
  • Experience An Introduction to Ghanaian Craft and enjoy a first-hand visual documentation of luxury, sustainable style and hand-crafted textiles. 8 Oct
  • Follow young actress Lou on a haunting journey through London's past and present with Rockets and Blue Lights at the National Theatre. Until 9 Oct
  • See British soul sensation Billy Ocean's return to London during his world tour, performing a selection of greatest hits and new releases. 11 Oct
  • Indulge in food from across the globe at Ilford Food Festival, where you can enjoy African cooking, family activities and a Black History Month trail. 16 Oct
  • Enjoy a Black History Month Concert with music ranging from jazz to gospel, as well as plenty of tasty dishes from Africa and the West Indies. 23 Oct
  • Empower your children as they learn about African heritage through drumming and other creative activities during Africa's Kings and Queens. 23 Oct
  • See American playwright Aleshea Harris' award-winning tale of revenge Is God Is at the Royal Court Theatre. Until 23 Oct
  • Celebrate six decades of works from British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor in a major retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine North Gallery. Until 24 Oct
  • Inspire and delight your children at an interactive storytelling session with Akitoye Sunday, author of children's book Tiana Eat Up. 25 Oct
  • Discover contemporary works by Black artists at Zari Gallery's Honour, Remember, Inspire exhibition. Until 29 Oct 
  • Join the creators of The Receipts Podcast as they launch their book, Keep the Receipts, and discuss empowerment, relationships and society. 30 Oct
  • Marvel at pop sensations JLS, as they make their comeback with a tour of the UK stopping off at The O2. 4, 5, 19 and 20 Nov
  • Laugh out loud during the London leg of Mo Gilligan’s comedy world tour. Until 25 Nov

Find more Black History Month events in London and online.

Learn about Black history all year round

London celebrates and appreciates Black culture and communities through exhibitions, walks and landmarks all year round.

  • Make meaningful journeys and celebrate the contribution Black people have made to the city with the Black History Tube map, from TfL and the Black Cultural Archives. 
  • Head to the Museum of London Docklands to sharpen your knowledge about the impact of the trade of sugar and enslaved Africans, through the London, Sugar and Slavery exhibition. 
  • Journey through 60 years of Nigerian independence through objects, images and words as part of Nigeria60 at the Horniman Museum.
  • Choose from 12 guided tours by Black History Walks around the capital, all uncovering more than 3,500 years of London's Black history.
  • You can also join an educational movie screening each month to widen your horizons.
  • Go on a search for the Blue Plaques and Nubian Jak plaques, which commemorate Black members of the community who left a powerful footprint on London and the world.
  • Seek out the Gilt of Cain sculpture in the City of London, which marks the abolition of transatlantic slave trade in 1807.
  • Keep up to date with news and campaigns, and learn how you can be a better ally with London-based educational charity, the Institute of Race Relations.
  • Support Black-owned businesses across London! Stock up on top-quality chocolates from Dark Sugars, enjoy a juice from Get Juiced! Bar in Tooting, pick up a new prickly plant friend from Prick LDN or grab a cuppa at the beautiful Saint Aymes café.
  • Learn about the Windrush Stories at the British Library, which explore the relationship between Britain and the Caribbean from 1948 and beyond.
  • And pick up a book on the topic from New Beacon Books, which was the first Black publisher in the UK, founded in 1966. 

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of Black communities and the remembrance of Black history across the world. In the UK, Black History Month takes place throughout October.

First celebrated in the UK in 1987, the month-long festival includes educational events, exhibitions, shows, talks, memorial services and installations across London that raise awareness of history and celebrate traditions, customs and cultures.

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