Black History Month 2022: free and cheap events in London

Black History Month 2022 artwork

October marks Black History Month across the UK (Image: Getty)

First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month (BHM) is an important time of the year for the people of Britain today.

People of African and Caribbean background have been an integral part of British history and society for centuries. However, many believe that their value and contribution to society is often ignored or misrepresented.

Throughout October, BHM will be celebrated across the country with events designed to rectify this and be both educational and celebratory.

We round up some of the highlights happening in the capital…

Free activities around London for Black History Month

From DIY tours to festivals, there are many free events to explore.

Black History tube map

The Black History tube map allows you to traverse London and find areas of importance to African and Caribbean peoples.

The different locations were chosen to highlight the rich and varied contribution Black people have made to London and the United Kingdom from pre-Tudor times to the present day.

Black History tube map

The Black History Tube Map allows you to visit areas of importance to African and Caribbean people (Image: TFL)

Go Africa, Islington Town Hall

The Go Africa Festival of Arts celebrates the arts and culture of the African and Caribbean communities that enrich London.

There will be a conversational and educational zone for learning, exhibits, indoor activities, and plenty of food to sample including “delicious Caribbean jerk chicken, vegetarian delights, a Jollof rice selection, grilled fish, and rum punch.”

Windrush Stories in the British Library

Man marching in front of Windrush 2022 banner

Learn more about the historic Windrush generation at the British Library (Image: Thabo Jaiyesimi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The British Library, open all year round, invites people to come and learn more about it the Windrush generation.

In June 1948, a ship called the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, carrying hundreds of people from the Caribbean.

70 years later, the British Library invites people to reflect on the rich, often complicated and enduring relationship between Britain and the Caribbean.

Free poetry in a new Speakers’ Corner

Teresa Lola

Theresa Lola was Young People’s Poet Laureate 2019-2020 and will lead a series of black speakers and poets at Canary Wharf (Image: David Levenson/Getty Images)

A new Speakers’ Corner has opened in Canary Wharf, aiming to provide a platform for young, inspiring black poets across the capital.

Poets’ Corner features a month of performances by spoken word artists.

The event was created to stimulate conversations about the black experience and to celebrate black culture in Britain.

Young People’s Poet Laureate Theresa Lola will lead the Black Poets series over four weeks of free-to-attend performances for Black History Month.

Speakers include:

  • Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m. – Live performance by Theresa Lola & Inua Ellams
  • Saturday, October 15, 1 p.m. – Live performance by Roger Robinson
  • Wednesday, October 19, 1 p.m. – Live performance with Joladé Olusanya
  • Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. – Live performance by Sarah Aluko

Speakers’ Corner is located at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf.

Paid activities around London for Black History Month

In addition to a few free do-it-yourself events across the capital, there are many scheduled lectures, tours, and other events.

While not free, these events promise meticulous detail and planning, and are sure to be insightful.

Movies, voguing and more at Prince of Peckham

One of South London’s most popular venues, the Prince of Peckham has a special schedule of events throughout October.

From screenings of films like Black Panther to voguing master classes, informative talks, hands-on art and poetry classes and more, you can see all the details and book your space online.

Join Black Rooted on the journey of how modern London came to be and witness a European psychosis of cognitive dissonance in the oppression of black men, women and children.

Tour groups meet in front of Bank Station and the walk is expected to take around three hours.

Ticket prices range from free to £22.15 and can be bought online. Under 16s are free.

Nelson Mandela Statue, Parliament Square, London

The capital has many attractions dedicated to black history and heroes (Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Black History bus tour of London

An engaging and informative 3 hour bus tour showcasing London’s top tourist attractions from an African and/or Caribbean perspective.

The tour will cover a 3500 year period including Black Generals, Jimi Hendrix, The Color Bar, Black Owned Nightclubs, Black Tudors, Female Resistance Leaders, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Claudia Jones, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Olive Morris, Mavis Best , British Black Panthers and much more.

Tickets cost £21.43 and can be booked on-line.

African Fashion Week London 2022

Promoted as the largest African fashion catwalk in the UK, this is a must-attend event celebrating the best of African fashion and craftsmanship.

Guests can browse through unique Afro-centric designs [the] Exhibition Marketplace’ and African and Caribbean cuisine in the Food Hall.

Tickets cost between £27.54 and £54.49. For more information please contact ticket-info@africafashionweeklondonuk.com

Say It Loud / Black Sun at the Royal Opera House

Ballet Black brings two new works to the Royal Opera House to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Tickets can be bought at the Royal Opera House.


Black History Month 2022 events in the rest of the UK

Not in the capital of this BHM? There are many events across the UK that you can attend.

England

Grandad Anansi – Touring from September 29th premiering at Z-arts in Manchester, this is a brand new children’s show for Black History Month. Grandad Anansi is a playful celebration of love between generations and the joy of storytelling. Written for children ages 4 to 9, it explores Jamaican culture and the Windrush generation.

Scotland

Friday October 7th – Thomas Stuart Smith’s Black Portraiture at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum – a free guided tour of the black portraits of Thomas Stuart Smith as part of The Smith’s Black History Month tour series

More events around Scotland

Wales

Sunday October 2 – COBO: Comedy Shutdown Black History Month Special at The Glee Club Cardiff

Other events in Wales

Check regularly for an updated list of events in Northern Ireland

Online Events for Black History Month

A full listing of online events with ongoing updates is available online.

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Black History Month

October marks Black History Month which reflects the achievements, cultures and contributions of black people in Britain and around the world, and educates others about the diverse histories of people of African and Caribbean descent.

For more information on the events and celebrations taking place this year, visit the Black History Month official website.

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