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Leicester celebrates 30 years of Black History Month

Published on 29 September 2017

A WIDE range of events that recognise the contribution made by Leicester’s African and African Caribbean communities to the cultural heritage of the city, gets under way in Leicester today (September 29).

The city will be marking the 30th anniversary of Black History Month (BHM) with a varied programme of music, poetry, comedy, literature readings, film and theatre.

BHM Leicester is organised by local diversity-led arts charity, Serendipity, on behalf of Leicester City Council, which provides funding.

The month of activities will be launched with the opening of the Lost Legends Exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens on Friday September 29. Running until Tuesday October 31, the exhibition focuses on the main social, cultural and political issues that had an impact on Britain’s Black community.

Lost Legends remembers and recognises those who have contributed to the development of Black history through avenues such as arts, culture, sports and education.

Phoenix Leicester will host the BHM Film Fest - a collection of films that shed light on Black history and the struggles and achievements of major historical figures. Screenings include a one-off live-via-satellite Grace Jones event.

Live events will also take place at CURVE theatre, and Upstairs at the Western throughout October. And LCB Depot will be serving up Soul Food at its Canteen event on Friday 27 October, along with performances from DJs, street performers and musicians.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, asst city mayor responsible for culture, leisure, heritage and sport, said: “I’m delighted that we are celebrating 30 years of Black History Month in Leicester. Once again there is a fantastic programme of cultural events taking place, offering something for everyone. It is a very important part of the city’s festival programme and we are proud to support it.”

Black History Month Leicester is also supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

More information is available at serendipity-uk.com