Black History Month Colchester is kicking into full gear this October. Marked for more than 30 years in the UK, BHM addresses the inequality, unfairness and exclusion of the contributions made to society by black people, instead celebrating their achievements and contributions, and highlighting the systematic failings that still exist.
The Black History Month Project project will begin with table top displays and exhibitions of Arts and Crafts and a series of programmes and activities for young people and adults throughout the month of October, with a theme for 2021 of ‘CELEBRATE!’ A full lineup of events will take place around the town, and includes some of Colchester’s most iconic landmarks and fittingly historical places.
One Colchester Community Hub will see a shop front and art exhibits for all the community, with the support of the Minories Gallery and Community 360. Also, We Are the Minories Gallery will host ‘The Art of Protest’, an exhibition and display of placards highlighting the work of Black Lives Matter Colchester. Mercury Theatre hosts the British Premiere of ‘Antigone’, a modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy is a powerful thriller whose poetic passion transcends time; alongside ‘The Spoken Word’, an evening of music and entertainment with Omar Aziz, Antony Woodley and Poet, Lawrence Savage. Finally, Colchester Castle are celebrating Black History Month this year with exhibition the WindRush Migration.