Southwark Black History Month 2018

Southwark Black History Month 2018 takes place in October. A month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops celebrating the culture and history of Southwark’s African, Caribbean and diaspora communities. Here are a few of the highlights.

Free drop-in events at Southwark Libraries

The Road to Windrush: From John Primero to Sam King

Join borough archivist Patricia Dark for an illustrated talk and learn more about the borough’s black pioneers.

  • Peckham Library, 5 October 2018, 11am to 12pm

Mayamada Storyboard Workshop

Children aged 7 years and over are invited to devise their own graphic storyboard based on the journey of the Empire Windrush

  • Canada Water Library, 20 October 2018, 10am to 11.30am

Storytelling for children with Trish Cooke

Renowned children’s author Trish Cooke takes us on a journey to the Caribbean.

  • Peckham Library, 22 October 2018, 2pm to 3pm


Windrush Time Capsule

What if we could affect the future by changing our responses in the present? The Windrush Time Capsule is an immersive play inspired by the work of sculptor Fowokan George Kelly, written by Connie Bella and directed by David Gilbert. Look out for an interactive exhibition based on the play coming to Canada Water Library in November and to Peckham Library from January to February 2019.

  • 26 October, 6.30pm to 9.30pm and 27 October, 5pm to 8pm. Tickets £8.14

All Aboard with Mr Windrush

Blue Elephant Theatre bring you the story of Sam Beaver King, one of the original passengers of the Empire Windrush who later went on to found the Notting Hill Carnival and also became the first Black Mayor of Southwark.

  • 12 October 2018, 4.30pm and 6.30pm and 20 October2018, 11am and 2pm. FREE, booking essential


In focus – The Cinema of Steve McQueen discussed by Mary Wild

McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture with 12 Years a Slave. Mary Wild explores the powerful implication of his oeuvre in a thriving landscape of black cinema artists.

  • 12 October 2018, 7pm. FREE, booking advised

Making myself visible

Nunhead resident Tracey Francis is a graphic designer and visual artist who incorporates printmaking, photography and film installations in her practice. Tracey will talk about her journey to becoming a visual artist. Tracey will present two films from her archive including her recent film The Peckham Wall – A Silent Voice (2018).

  • 24 October 2018, 4.30pm. FREE, drop-in



‘Hairytage’ is a live art experience that explores the importance of afro hair to the black identity. The project is a collaboration between artist Alix Bizet and the students of Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich.

  • Launch event 13 October 2018, 6pm to 9pm, then open daily 10am to 11pm until 27 October 2018. FREE, drop-in.

Browse PDF file with full list of events

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