Birmingham City Council is proud to support Black History Month, a month that contemplates the accomplishments, struggles and contributions of Britains Black communities to society. It is entirely appropriate that this years theme is The Commonwealth and World War One, highlighting the significant contribution made by African, Caribbean and Asian people at home and abroad, and the impact which the war had on their lives.
Black History Month in Birmingham is an important feature of the citys calendar. Throughout October residents and visitors will be able to take part in a variety of historical and cultural activities and I am pleased to continue the Councils collaboration with The Drum which takes responsibility for compiling an exciting programme of events for all.
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 2014 will be another successful year for this important initiative.
Sir Albert BoreLeader Birmingham City Council
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WELCOMEAs the CEO of Europes leading Intercultural arts and culture business it gives me great pleasure to introduce the launch of Birmingham 2014 Black History Month (BHM).
Over the years we have featured a diverse range of topics, including The Rev Martin Luther King famous - I have a dream - speech. October 2014 is no exception. The theme is in recognition of the Centenary of the First World War, particularly the contribution and sacrifice of the soldiers and civilians from Britains former colonies, under the heading
I believe that its of major importance for adults and children of all cultures and ethnicity to learn about the invaluable contribution and sacrifice African, Asian and Caribbean citizens made to physically defend Great Britain, freedom and democracy, thousands of miles from home. The theme resonates with the notion of identity and the physical and political struggles for self-determination engulfing much of the entire world - one hundred years later.
As indicated, BHM is the official launch of a spectrum of events and activities taking place during the month of October, which have been compiled in a brochure, copies of which can be found in libraries and other venues across the city. A key feature of BHM includes the opening of Dr Vanely Burkes Freedom or Death photographic exhibition, which charts the last days of the apartheid era in South Africa.
Throughout BHM organizations and individuals will be celebrating Black heritage via a bumper harvest of performance and digital arts offer, I do believe there is something for everyone and hope that you, family and friends have a blessed BHM. May the spirit of your Prophets continues to guide and encourage you.
Charles E Small Chief Executive
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Sat 27 Sep - Sat 1 Nov
BLaCk HiStORy MONtHA month long annual event to celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage.
Featuring talks, exhibitions, performances, music, tours, discussions, spoken word, fashion and visits. Events include a exhibition The Danford Collection of West African Art and artefacts, How women have made a contribution to black freedom, Four Women of the Movement, The Star of Birmingham Lodge (no4) 50 years Celebration Awards, Gala Dinner and Dance, a tribute to the memory of Professor Stuart Hall, a number of our local libraries will be showing a film about the Life of Mary Seacole, photographic exhibition charting the final days of the apartheid era in South Africa through the lens of preeminent documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.
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Fri 26 Sep6pm - 9pm
tHE OFFiCiaL LauNCH OF BiRMiNgHaM BLaCk HiStORy MONtH 2014 Admission by invitation only
The annual Official Launch of Birmingham Black History Month (BHM) at The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council seeks to celebrate achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage. As part of the First World War Centenary, the theme for this years BHM goes by the title Black Blood Runs Red. The Launch programme will include invited key note speakers and the premier of a specially commissioned performance which will interweave live music, spoken word and visual projection to tell the story of the contribution and sacrifice of Africans, Asian, Caribbean peoples to the First World War.
1,440,500 Indians fought for Britain during First World War, 47,746 were killed and 65,126 were wounded.
15,600 soldiers from the West Indies Regiment saw action in France, Palestine, Egypt and Italy during First World War over 1,200 were killed more than 2,500 were wounded.
55,000 Africans from many countries served as combatant soldiers and many hundreds of thousands more as carriers and auxiliary troops. An estimated 10,000 were killed or died while serving.
We hope that you will come and join us on this auspicious occasion. If you are interested in finding more about attending please contact Paulette Francis-Green via email on email@example.com
Launch: Fri 26 Sep6pm
FREEDOM OR DEatH: PHOtOgRaPHiC ExHiBitiON DR VaNLEy BuRkEThe Drum is pleased to host an exhibition charting the final days of the apartheid era in South Africa through the lens of preeminent documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke. Burke travelled extensively throughout South Africa to Soweto, Sharpeville, Bophuthatswana, Cape Town and Durban, talking to people, attending rallies, funerals and demonstrations. This selection of photo-graphs from the Library of Birmingham archives provides a unique insight of a nation undergoing immense change towards eventual democracy.
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WEEk ONESat 27 Sep to Sun 5 Oct
Sat 27 Sep7:30pm
POWER iN POEtRy BLaCk HiStORy tOuR 2014Power In Poetry is a diverse mix of Poets from around the globe, dedicated to raising awareness of, and participation in, poetry. Designed to motivate and inspire, the event provides a platform for young artists to use their words, imagination and talent to take audiences on an amazing journey. Join us for an amazing night of spoken word poetry and beautiful storytelling.
TICKeTS: 10 (8)The drum 144 Potters Lane / Aston / Birmingham B6 4UU Box Office: 0121 333 2444 Wed 1 & thu 2 Oct
taMaSHa: My NaME iSMy Name is... tells the story behind a story that hit the headlines in 2006. When Gaby disappeared from her Scottish home, it was assumed that her Pakistani father had kidnapped her. This moving verbatim play reveals a cross-cultural love in early 80s Glasgow.
TICKeTS: 14 (12)mac Birmingham Cannon Hill Park / Birmingham / B12 9QHBox Office: 0121 446 3232www.macbirmingham.co.uk
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WEEk ONESat 27 Sep to Sun 5 Oct
Fri 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct4pm - 5pm & 5pm - 6pm
MOViNg tu BaLaNCE, Creative african and Caribbean Dance for adults Introduce your child to African Caribbean culture, in a fun and exciting way by focusing on creating, adapting and linking a range of movements; whilst developing and awareness of the historical and cultural origins of a variety of dances.
TICKeTS: 4St Marks Church HallBleakhill Road / Erdington / B23 7ELFor more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0771 866 0694
Wed 1 Oct 7pm
PaNDORaS BOxAs part of the Nigerian 54 Independence Day Celebrations we bring you the unmissable, award-wining tragic comedy about a Nigerian families, love, betrayal and choices in Pandoras Box. There will also be VIP meet and greet with speeches from Nigerian leaders and a post- performance Q&As with the writer and cast members.
TICKeTS: 12.50 (10.50)The drum 144 Potters Lane / Aston Birmingham B6 4UU Box Office: 0121 333 2444
Fri 3 Oct7:30pm
uPFRONt COMEDy PRESENtSuSa SPECiaLAn international comedy special featuring three of Americas funniest performers: Wil E Robo, star of Puff Daddys Bad Boys of Comedy, Floridas award winning Sean Grant and Akaash Singh, the funniest Indian comedian to come out of Dallas. Food will be available on the night.
AGeS 18+TICKeTS: 13.50 (11.50), 16.50 OTdThe drum 144 Potters Lane / Aston Birmingham B6 4UU Box Office: 0121 333 2444
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Sat 4 Oct12 noon & 2pm
aFROViBESFEStiVaL FOR FaMiLiES - kHuMBa (aNiMatiON)Khumba leaves the only home he has ever known in search of the magic waterhole where legend has it, the first zebras got their stripes. Its not all black and white in this colourful animation.
TICKeTS: 3mac Birmingham Cannon Hill Park / Birmingham / 12 9QHBox Office: 0121 446 3232www.macbirmingham.co.uk / www.afrovibesuk.com
Sat 4 Oct12 noon - 8pm
BEx LiVE iNtERNatiONaLBEX Live is the largest business, cultural and lifestyle marketing tradeshow, celebrating 50 years of black community in business culture, creativity, entrepreneur-ship, consumer power and much more.
FRee AdMISSIONBirmingham eastsideSouth and City College Birmingham & The Custard FactorySouth and City College / Digbeth Campus 129 Floodgate Street / Birmingham B5 5SUThe Custard FactoryGibb St / Birmingham B9 4AAFor more information ring 0790 699 4192www.blackexposurelive.co.uk
WEEk ONESat 27 Sep to Sun 5 Oct
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