Brent Council will be marking Black History Month with a series of exciting events and activities for all ages throughout October 2006.
The celebration of African and Caribbean history and culture will kick off with a launch on 29 September in Willesden Green Library Centre at 7pm.
The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Bertha Joseph will officially launch Black History Month in Brent with performances by Jason Hoyte and his Accapella singers, a personal appearance by Patrick Augustus, author of the acclaimed book and television series Baby Father, a Black in the Day fashion show by FAB2 project, African dancing by Adanta and spellbinding storytelling from Tuup.
Around 100 free events² are taking place throughout Brent libraries and organisers are hoping that a record number of people will attend this year’s Black History Month celebrations, now in their tenth year in Brent.
The programme of events runs throughout October in all Brent libraries and consists of a varied mixture. Among other things, you can listen to best-selling authors and poets, get tips on writing a novel, build an African village, start your own blog, trace your family tree, enter competitions and learn about black actors in the 19th century. All the events are aimed at promoting equality, respect and understanding in one of the most ethically diverse areas in Britain.
Brent Council’s Lead Member for Environment and Culture, Cllr Van Colle said: “I am delighted that Brent Council has organised this exciting programme of events as it provides an opportunity to understand the achievements and
contributions of black people whilst celebrating their culture and heritage.
“Black History Month in Brent is getting bigger and more diverse every year. The events and activities on offer at Brent libraries will appeal to all ages and backgrounds. It’s a great way to learn about Brent’s cultural diversity.”
Some of this year’s highlights include:
BREIS poetry workshops The popular performance poet and hip hop Renaissance man, BREIS, takes primary school children on a wonderful, lyrical journey focusing on music, love, personal experiences and the African experience in a European environment. Full of witty punch lines, humour and wordplay, he also fuses
English and Yoruba in verse.
African melody: story, art and music workshops Kenyan artist Gakonga will run exciting cultural workshops where children listen to African music, dance together, discuss African art and create African paintings.
Kick Racism Out of Football During the month, Queens Park Rangers football in the community coaches will run workshops for school children that explore football’s black role models.
Dancing with Elsa Perez Elsa will outline the history of African and Caribbean dance and invite the audience to join in as she demonstrates styles from South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia.
Caribbean extravaganza day Sample exotic Caribbean food and drink while discovering the real connection between the richness of the Caribbean Islands and black history.
For a full listing of events taking place during Black History Month visit www.brent.gov.uk/brain or pick up a booklet
from your local library.