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Discover the stories and art of Black artists at exhibitions hosted during Black History Month across London. Credits: Zari Gallery.
Enjoy the city-wide 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? 

The full programme of events for Black History Month 2021 is yet to be announced – check back soon for more events and activities!

  • 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
  • Discover contemporary works by Black artists at Zari Gallery's Honour, Remember, Inspire exhibition. 4-29 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 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

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.

  • 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 cafe.
  • 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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