Black History Season Events Listing 2009 image

Black History Season Events Listing 2009

Below shows an events listing for BHS events during 2009…


Hair and Fashion through the Ages

African Caribbean Centre

Monday 5 October and Thursday 8 October


Inner Soul Music Night

African Caribbean Centre

Sunday 15 November

Time: 7.00pm

Admission: £10.00 including meal.


Children’s Books to Celebrate Diversity

Leicester Libraries

You won’t find them in local bookshops but you will be able to borrow titles that celebrate African, and African Caribbean, culture from every library in Leicester.


Libraries Celebrate Black History Season with a visit from author Bernardine Evaristo

Highfields Library

Friday 30 October

Time: 7.00pm

Admission: Free

“Adventurous, compelling and utterly original”

The Times on Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine was born and raised in London, where she lives. She is one of eight children born to a Nigerian father and English mother.

Her most recent book is Blond Roots, a prose novel in which Africans enslave Europeans.

She has also written The Emperor’s Babe about a black girl growing up in Roman London and the verse novel Lara – the story of her family history spanning England, Nigeria, Ireland,                       Germany and Brazil.

She has written short fiction and drama for BBC radio and reviews books in a number of national newspapers.

Bernardine is the recipient of several literary awards and Blonde Roots was the winner of the inaugural Orange Prize Youth Panel in 2009. She was also awarded an MBE in the Queen’s                     Birthday Honours List, summer 2009.

During the day Bernardine will be visiting local Leicester colleges to discuss her work with teenage reading groups.


Kings and Queens Music Explosion

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 10 October

Time: 9.00pm – 3.00am

Price: £5.00


Barbados Independence Dance

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 21 November

Time: 9.00 pm – 3.00 am


Antigua and Barbuda Independence Dance

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 31 October

Time: 9.00 pm – 3.00 am


St Kitts and Nevis Independence Dance

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 3 October

Time: 9.00pm – 3.00am


Island Meltdown

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 17 October

Time: 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Free/ £5.00 to book stalls


Stars in Your Eyes

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 24 October

Time: 7.00pm

£5.00, Concessions £3.00


Choosing Health for World Mental Health

Akwaaba Ayeh

African Caribbean Centre

Friday 9 October

Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm


Akwaaba Ayeh Mental Advocacy Project


“Choosing Health for World Mental Health/Networking Day & AGM”

This is a one stop shop open to everyone and will take place on Friday 9 October 2009 at the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester, LE2 0UA 10am till 4pm.

This is a unique opportunity for organisations to promote their work, network and to find out more about the work that is undertaken at Akwaaba Ayeh Advocacy Project. It also gives the general public a good understanding of the various services that are available and how to access them.

Why not come along, bring a friend and enjoy this free and relaxing day and sample the various therapeutic activities that will be on offer, reflexology, aromatherapy, nail art, Tai Chi etc. Refreshments of Caribbean and Asian food will be provided on the day,


Cultural Diverse Leicester

De Montfort University/ SMNF

De Montfort University- Youth and Community Division

Wednesday 28 October

Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm



Leicester’s Schools Got Talent 2009

Peepul Centre

Friday 27 November

Time: Doors open 7.00pm, show starts 7.30pm

£8.00, Concessions £5.00

This is a family event open to all schools in and around Leicestershire. Whether you have performed on stage before or not all are welcome. This is a platform for you and your song, lyrics or moves to be showcased.

1st Prize studio time, photo shoot, video shoot, recording contract with BME Records. 2nd prize £50 worth of giveaways and 3rd prize giveaways with a special guest performing.


Not Quite Gospel

Peepul Centre

Friday 6 November and Saturday 7 November

Time: Doors open 6.30pm starts 7.00pm – 9.20pm

£8.00 Concessions £6.00- Advanced booking advisable – tickets also sold on door subject to availability.

Not Quite Gospel is about the tensions that emerge when changes are about to happen. It is about the responsibilities of leadership, and the shift in cultural values between generations.

Pastor Morris has been dead for two months and Robert Johnson has just become Pastor of Friary Road Pentecostal Church.

The First Sermon set the stall out for change that the New Pastor believes should and must happen in the church.

Does he underestimate the challenges he faces trying to break old habits?


Simphwe Dana- with 10 Piece Live Ensemble

Peepul Centre

Friday 23 October

Time: Doors open 6.30pm show starts 7.00pm

£12.50 Concessions £10.50


Simphiwe Dana with 10 piece live ensemble

‘the best thing to happen to Afro-Soul music since Miriam Makeba’

Internationally acclaimed, Simphiwe Dana is one of South Africa’s shooting stars. Her unique sound, lulling tones and rich, sonorous choruses have real lyrical depth, contrasting with flicks of streetwise, savvy jazz. Proud of her African culture, she takes inspiration from Africa’s people and their love of song. Her modern African Soul music, with its timeless revolutionary message, powerfully reflects the struggles and hopes of black people. Nominated as Best World Music Artist in the 2008 BBC Radio 3 awards, she’s widely sought-after, and we’re thrilled to present Simphiwe here with her 11 piece band. Unmissable!


Urban Arts Dance and Music Showcase

Peepul Centre

Saturday 17 October

Time: Doors open 6.30pm show starts 7pm

£5.00 Concessions £3.00

A showcase evening of home grown talent. Urban arts dance and music performed, presented and produced by Leicester’s up and coming young artists. Featuring performances from 2Funky Arts and Capta Rootage Group.


Gospel Meets Michael Jackson

Peepul Centre

Sunday 8 November

Time: Doors open 7pm show starts 7.30pm

£10 Concessions £7.00

Some of the UKs leading Gospel choirs performing with various artist performing tributes in song and dance celebrating the life of the biggest selling artist of all time.

So if you love Gospel music or Michael Jackson this black history session event is not to be missed


A Festival of Choirs

The Y/ Kaine Management

Saturday 28 November

7.30pm – 9.30pm

£7.00 Concessions


Women’s Choir

Percy Barratt Room – The Y/ Kaine Management

Mondays 6pm -8pm from September 23 – 23 November


Women over 16 years of age


Sing Freedom II

Leicester Guildhall

Thursday 29 October

7pm – 9pm

£7.00 Concessions £5.00


Black Success Seminars

Highfield’s Youth and Community Centre

Saturday 10 October – Cracking the Willie Lynch Code

Saturday 17 October – Self Esteem for Black People

Saturday 24 October – Mo’ Money Mo’ Money – How to Get and Stay Rich

Saturday 31 October – Endless Love – How to Build a Successful Black Relationship.

For all seminars doors open 10am

Seminar starts at 10.30am

Programme ends 2.30pm

There will be two 15 minute breaks within each seminar.

£5.00 Concessions £4.00

Aadam Muhammad


Urban Legacy Exhibition

African Caribbean Centre


Throughout October


Vijay Mistry


Courtney Pine – Transition in Tradition

De Montfort Hall

Thursday 22 October


£15, £16.50, Concessions £13.50. Disabled 2 for 1


Dancing in the Streets

De Montfort Hall

Sunday 4 October


£19.50, £22.50 and £24.50 Concessions £18, £21, £23


Heather Small and Snake Davis Band

De Montfort Hall


£22.50, £25 Disabled 2 for 1


Annual Expressive Arts for Black History Day

The City of Leicester School

Friday 16 October

8.30am – 3.20pm


Salsa Classes

African Caribbean Centre

Wednesday 14 October and Wednesday 18 November

7pm – 9.30pm



Story Telling Around the World

African Caribbean Centre

Monday 26 October and Monday 30 November

10am -11.30am

3 – 8 year olds


Slam Dunk Poetry Slam

African Caribbean Centre

Friday 30 October

7pm to 10.30pm


‘We Were Here’ Exhibition

African Caribbean Centre

Monday 5 October to Friday 16 October

9am to 5pm Daily

Donations welcome


Eat and Meet

African Caribbean Centre

Friday 20 November

12pm to 3pm

Admission free pay for meals only


Black History through Visual Images and Books

African Caribbean Centre

Every Thursday throughout October and November

7pm – 9pm


Patchwork Quilt Launch Exhibition

African Caribbean Centre

Tuesday 3 November to September 2010

4pm – 7pm

Admission free


Elders Activities

African Caribbean Centre

Wednesday 14 October and Wednesday 11 November

1pm – 3pm



Dance, Drama and Singing by Young People

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 14 November

7.30pm – 11pm


Women’s Pampering

African Caribbean Centre

Friday 23 October and Friday 13 November

5pm – 9pm


16 plus women


Credit Union Promotion

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 17 October

12pm – 5pm

Eric Hudson


Community Achievement Awards

African Caribbean Centre

Saturday 28 November

7.30pm – 11.30pm

£20 per person £ 10 Children


Working With ‘Difference’: Towards Cultural Cohesion and Diversity?

Youth and Community Division Bede Island Leicester

Wednesday 4 November

10am – 4pm

Practitioners, academics, as well as members of voluntary/community and statutory groups welcome.

£65 / £35 for a limited number of subsidised places

Momodou Sallah


I’d Never Have Dreamt of Such Progress in my Lifetime – Ashok Mistry’s Exhibition on Obama

Peepul Centre

Open everyday from Thursday 1 October to Monday 30 November

Admission free


The! Gubi Family

The Y

Friday 6 November


£12/ £10 Concessions


Pieces: Unity Through Comedy

The Y

Friday 20 November


£8 / £6 Concessions


Mixed Race Identity – Exhibition

New Walk Museum



Mainstream Partnership, Black History Season event listing, 2009.

Donated by Mainstream Partnership Ltd: (Serendipity have worked in collaboration with Mainstream Partnership Ltd, with Representative Douglas Beoku-Betts who have given permission to re-publish documents).