Preview: Manchester’s Black History Month event guide

By Karl Dyer

A host of Black History Month events are set to take place across Manchester this month.

Manchester is renowned as a multi-cultural city and will embrace the national event with a variety of discussions, lectures and workshops throughout October.

Here’s a round-up of some of the events you won’t want to miss.

Saturday 1 October

Contact on Oxford Road kicked off the month with an open stage event for dancers focusing on old and new styles from across Africa. Mixed Movement took place between 7pm and 9pm and is the brainchild of dancer, theatre artist and poet Dawn Crandell.

Later that evening, Contact hosted party to celebrate Black History Month and the best Black rhythm and sounds from the UK and beyond. From 9pm until late, partygoers were treated to performances from Tsana, Young Identity and a whole host of others.

Thursday 6 October

The first performance in a run of shows of Crystal Kisses, a stage drama, will be held at Contact. The drama which mixes music, movement and words with the hard-hitting realities of child sexual exploitation returns to the stage after a sell-out run in 2010.

Wednesday 5 October

The University of Salford kick off their events with a launch party at their International Life Centre. From 12pm until 2pm, attendees will be treated to refreshments and can spend their time discussing Black History Month with members of staff.

Wednesday 12 October

A workshop will be led by Ranj Moorthy at Salford Museum and Art Gallery from 5.30pm. The workshop will allow attendees to track their ancestors’ journeys in a hands-on way.

Wednesday 19October

The University of Salford’s theme this year is Racism: A Symposium on Discrimination, Displacement and Home. From 12.30pm until 5.30pm there will be an opportunity to discuss and explore this theme in more depth at the Think Lab on the Peel Campus.

At the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, Marika Sherwood the acclaimed Black and Asian Studies will hold an in depth discussion. The talk, entitled Malcom X: Visits Abroad, will discuss Malcom X’s visits to Britain in 1964 and in particular recreate a meeting he addressed in Manchester.

Saturday 22 October

As part of Manchester Literature Festival, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze will hold an evening that will cover a whole array of topics from third world poverty to inner-city life. From 7.30pm at the Contact, Binta is set to dazzle audiences with her personal and political words and high energy stage presence.

Binta will also hold a free workshop for young people from 3pm to 5pm.

Tuesday 25 October & Wednesday 26 October

One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show starring British comedian Jocelyn Jee Esien will be performed at the Contact for two nights. The stage drama tells the story of a middle-class Black Philadelphia family whose quiet lives are turned around by their Southern niece. 

Wednesday 26 October

Empire Pays Back, a lecture and film screening by award-winning broadcaster Dr Robert Beckford will close events at Salford. Dr Beckford’s film tackles the issue of slavery and how descendants of slaves should be paid compensation by Britain. The event will be held from 7pm at the Lady Hale Lecture Theatre on the Peel Campus.


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