Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is gearing up for a series of celebrations next month as Black History Month returns in October 2019.
The programme kicks off on Wednesday, October 2, and is a celebration of history, music and poetry from Coventry’s diverse communities.
Black History Month is all about creating a space for those stories to be heard, and the Belgrade has put together a great programme full of free activities to get involved with.
The programme kicks off on October 2 with a free screening of Boots Riley’s critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.
Named by GQ as the best film of 2018, this dark, sci-fi comedy tells the story of Cassius Green, a black telemarketer who struggles to sell to predominantly white people over the phone – until a colleague suggests he start using a “white voice” to make himself sound more appealing.
Maureen Cottle’s timely exhibition Britain Needs You will highlight real-life stories from the Windrush Generation . It will run from Saturday, October 5, until the end of the month and celebrates Windrush families’ contributions to Coventry over the years, both personal and professional.
A launch event at 1pm on October 5 will offer opportunities to learn more about the city’s rich and varied history, and to meet some of the subjects of the photographs on display.
On Friday, October 18, the hugely popular Desi Central are back with another unmissable Black History Month special. Join Kat B, Maureen Younger, Smash and Kane Brown for a night of side-splitting stand-up in their Comedy Of Black Origin Comedy Shutdown.
Kids are invited to enjoy a free taster of the Belgrade’s youth theatre groups during half-term with a one-off session taking place at 11am on Wednesday, October 23. Open to kids aged 11-16, this hands-on, interactive session will explore elements of black history through drama, led by one of the Belgrade’s experienced drama practitioners.
Why do we need Black History Month?
We sat down for a chat with Ayesha Jones, Audience Development Officer at the Belgrade Theatre, who filled us in on what the Belgrade have got planned, and why October is an important month.
“Black History Month is important because Black History and Black culture has informed and contributed to Western culture and has been like the hidden hand in building this country and western civilizations throughout the world.
“It’s important to give space to the Black community to tell their narrative and to be represented and heard and so Black History Month is a good opportunity to have those conversations which aren’t happening in the schools and aren’t in the education system.
“Theatre is a hub for culture and for communities to come it should be a place for all communities to have their story told and so they can part of what’s going on here.
“[Our event] is a great opportunity for people to hear stories that they maybe haven’t heard before, or get involved in the arts and just to see that the theatre offers a whole host of events.”
Black History Month Programme
Sorry to Bother You screening – 7pm, Wed 2 Oct (free)
Britain Needs You: Windrush exhibition launch – 1pm, Sat 5 Oct (free)
COBO Comedy Shutdown – 7.45pm, Fri 18 Oct (paid for)
Youth Theatre Taster Session – 11am, Wed 23 Oct
Black History Month Celebration – 7pm, Fri 25 Oct
2018 marked the the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Empire Windrush, the 25th anniversary since the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and the 50th anniversary since Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, which was made in Birmingham.
This timely programme will culminate in a big celebration of history, music and poetry on Fri October 25, organised in partnership with Coventry Diversity Forum. Expect live African drumming from Jahman Aggrey and storytelling suitable for all ages in this free evening event, taking place from 7pm.
For more information and to book for these events, visit the Belgrade Theatre website at www.belgrade.co.uk or call 024 7655 3055.
More community news
- Black News Channel pushes back launch date to Black History Month as planned 24-hour cable news channel aims to expand digital reach on apps and streaming services
- A Black History Month Reading List by Booker T. Washington's Great-Granddaughter
- Montgomery Parks Presents: Black History Month Events
- St. Stephen's Seeks Local Musicians for Black History Month
- Black British history 'missing from school curricula in England'
- Black Cultural Archives unveils new centre in Brixton
- It’s vital to teach black British history in schools
- Vivica A. Fox Supports Push for Disney to Donate 'Black Panther' Profits
- EXCLUSIVE: Bobbi Kristina Brown's ex-fiancé Nick Gordon overdosed but was revived just a month ago as friend reveals final spiral which ended in his New Year's Day death from 'black tar heroin'
- The Trio: The Oral History
- ‘Old Town Road’ and the History of Black Cowboys in America
- 'Black Panther': Every Record Broken So Far
- Five Signs Black Americans Are ‘Awakening’ to a Break with the Democrat Party
- The story of the British Black Panthers through race, politics, love and power
- Supreme Court justices to hear racial bias in jury selection case after Mississippi DA kept black jurors OFF the panel in the case of a black man who has been tried for the murders of four people SIX times and imprisoned for 22 years
- Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige: ‘Black Panther’ Oscar Nom Fits Into A Heroic History
- 6 Fascinating Tumblr Blogs For History Buffs
- Star Wars 8, Black Panther, Mary Poppins 2 & More Are Coming to D23
- Haunts of the Black Masseur author Charles Sprawson dies aged 78
- Black actors make it to the main stage – but there is still some way to go
|BuyFront Black metallic cross earphone plug stylus pen. The pen is connected to the earplug and hangs. (check at Amazon)||3.0|
|iPhone 4 or 4S Slider Case Pink Come to the Dark Side We Have Cookies Geek Nerd Humor (check at Amazon)||3.0|
|Fun & Witty iPhone 4/4s LeNu Case - David & Goliath Come to The Dark Side Lenu Case For Your iPhone 4/4s (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Santa Claus Is Coming to town - Nintendo DS (check at Amazon)||4.7|
|Wii MotionPlus Silicone Skin Jacket Glove Blue (This color is similar to the Wii Blue Remote Controller) (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Wii MotionPlus Silicone Skin Jacket Glove Pink (This color is similar to the Wii Pink Wiimote) (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Come To The Stable (check at Amazon)||4.8|
|Love Comes To The Executioner (check at Amazon)||4.4|
|Annie Claus Is Coming To Town (Hallmark) (check at Amazon)||4.6|
|Easter Bunny Is Coming To Town: Deluxe Edition (check at Amazon)||4.5|
|Come To The Stable (1949) DVD - Loretta Young, Celeste Holm (check at Amazon)||4.5|
|Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ( Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner ) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - Spain ] (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Holiday Gift Set (check at Amazon)||4.5|
|Santa Claus Is Coming to Town & The Little Drummer Boy (check at Amazon)||4.0|
|Santa Claus Is Coming to Town the Caroleers (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Life on Mars / What the World Is Coming to (check at Amazon)||4.8|
|Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town / Water From The Wells Of Home (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Salute to Black History Month (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|BLACK HISTORY MONTH - LISTEN TO YOUR PAST, HEAR THE FUTURE 18x24 POSTER P701 (check at Amazon)||5.0|
|MairGwall Lettering Vinyl The Love You Take is Equal to The Love You Make Love Quote Wall Decal for Bedroom (Black, Small) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|MusicBox Kingdom 53101 Santa Decorating Christmas Tree Music Box, Plays The Melody "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Black History Month Poster 2013 Theme ( Based on the Emancipation Oak) B13A (check at Amazon)||4.3|
|MusicBox Kingdom 53089 Globe Decorating Tree Music Box, Turns to The Melody "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|MusicBox Kingdom 52037 Snow Globe Santa Claus Music Box, Turns to The Melody "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|MusicBox Kingdom 49001 Train Snow Globe Santa Music Box, Turns to The Melody "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Black History Month Poster The African Diaspora (B5D) (check at Amazon)||4.0|
|Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Classical Splendour: Roots of Black History - A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient and Mediaeval History of Africa (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Key Moments in Church History: A Concise Introduction to the Catholic Church (The Come & See Series) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|The Blessed Hope: Heaven's Rule Is Coming To Earth (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|What the World is Coming to DVD (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|An Introduction To The New World That Is Coming On The Earth (The Truth Seeker's Library) (Volume 5) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Revelation Commentary: What the World is Coming To (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|No One is Coming to the Rescue; (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|I Don't Know What the World Is Coming to (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|It Is Finished: Coming to the End of Looking for What We Already Have (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Santa Is Coming to the Quad Cities (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Santa Is Coming to the Carolinas (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|When You Come to the End of Your Rope There Is Hope (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|What the World Is Coming To by SMITH, Chuck published by The Word for Today (1980) [Mass Market Paperback] (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|It is Finished: Coming to the end of you so God can do something new (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|365 Days of Real Black History: Little-known Facts of the Global Black Experience from Prehistory to the Present (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Black Marxism and American Constitutionalism: An Interpretive History from Colonial Background to the Great Depression (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Why Did the Pilgrims Come to the New World?: And Other Questions about the Plymouth Colony (Six Questions of American History) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|What the World Is Coming To (A Commentary on the book of Revelation, Verse by Verse) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|First Steps to Spiritual Growth: What Coming to the Earth Is All About (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|Death Is Coming to the Point (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|001: The Black Worker to 1869 (The Black Worker: A Documentary History from Colonial Times to the Present) (check at Amazon)||0.0|
|WHEN LOVING HER IS WRONG 2: Everything Comes to the Light (check at Amazon)||0.0|
Black History Month is coming to the Belgrade have 1776 words, post on www.coventrytelegraph.net at September 27, 2019. This is cached page on USA Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.