Black History MonthOver 30 events take place in venues throughout Colchester during Black History Month.

Sat 2 Oct, 12-6pm
Launch Event
Freedom Sounds African and Caribbean Reggae Market Day with vibrant stalls, delicious food, music and family entertainment from Ipswich Youth Steel Band and Freedom Sounds Sound System.
At Colchester Academy (formally known as Sir Charles Lucas Sports Centre), Greenstead, Colchester.
Info: Boper Rankin – 07776 035961
(After Party Reggae Style with Freedom Sounds at Molly Malones,
4 Magdalen Street from 9pm)    
Sun 3 Oct, 1pm
Soul Food B-B-Q with Live Music from T-Bone
Sample delicious Caribbean and Southern foods fresh and hot from Simone McClean’s barbecue: Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, White Rice and Festival at £5 a plate and under. Drink Caribbean Cocktails supplied by Dom’s Drinks and hear the fantastic T-Bone’s live ska and reggae music. This event is kindly supported by Essex Cultural Diversity Project and The Curve Bar.
At The Curve Bar, 77 East Hill, Free Entry, Children Welcomed
Info: 07990 802 776    
Throughout October at Local Libraries
“Lenore is from Trinidad”

Under five year olds and their families will be delighted with stories and songs from the Caribbean with Aunty Lenore:
Frinton Library Weds 6th,11am
Walton Library Thurs 7th, 2.30pm
Colchester Library Mon 11th, 11am
Witham Library Tues 12th, 11am
Harwich Library Weds 13th, 10.30am
Greenstead Library Thurs 21st, 10am
Wivenhoe Library Fri 22nd Oct, 11am
For details call 01206 245 900    
Sat 9 Oct, 8pm
Yoruba Women Choir
One of the most incredible choirs creating music that is simply beautiful. Their exquisite harmonies are as deep as the ocean and their joyful songs lift your spirit and soothe your soul. The 10 singers are backed by a skin-tight 6-piece band. Expect a spectacular show in the grand tradition of Nigerian music.
At Colchester Arts Centre, Church St, £12/ £10
Info: 01206 500 900    
Sun 10 Oct, 11am
A professionally trained dancer of both traditional and contemporary West African Dance Styles, Diene Sagna specialises in Sabar and Djembe. From the renowned ‘Blaise Senghor’ in Senegal, his exuberance and talent make him popular with Artists such as Youssou N’dour. His joyful love of dance and ability to communicate and share his culture with people make his workshops uplifting and fun. 11-1pm Djembe Dance. Originating from Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinee Konakry. 2pm- 4pm Sabar Dance: Traditional Senegalese Dance.
At Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North. £10 per workshop
Call 01206 366 000
Wed 13 Oct, 11am
Spray Can Exhibition
Slack Space and spray can legend Brave1 present a group exhibition featuring stunning original spray can art and charting the history and development of the Hip Hop and graffiti movement from NY in the 70s. Hip Hop music, rap and breakdancing events will take place in the evenings.
Exhibition runs until 30th October. At Slack Space 19-29 Queen St, Colchester. Free. Info: 07792184806    
Wed 13 Oct, 8pm
Sadio Cissokho

Sadio Cissokho delivers his music straight from the Casamance region of Senegal exporting fierce sabar drum patterns and the national dance style of mballax. Griot kora master Sadio Cissokho was born into a musically famous Jali family who have functioned as carriers of history and tradition in the Southern region of the country for over 700 years. Mandinka struggle songs accompanied by West African bass grooves, together with the forceful local drum kit sound brings an experience of modern Senegal directly to you.
At Colchester Arts Centre, Church St. £10/ £8
Info: 01206 500 900
Thurs 14 Oct, 7pm
Healing Herbs & Gongs

Experience the astounding sound of the Gong, creating deep relaxation. Out of approximately 6400 herbs found in Africa, more than 4000 are used as medicinal herbs. Presented by Mark Forde, local medic and natropath practitioner.
At The Quaker Meeting House. Free. Info: 07972718833    
Fri 15 October, 8pm
Eastern Roots presents………. Daby Toure
After announcing himself to the world by supporting Peter Gabriel, he has gone from strength to strength to become one of Senegal’s best known musicians. His critically acclaimed performances produce such energy you cannot help but find yourself being taken on a hypnotic ride of emotion whilst all the time being treated to some truly great songs. Daby comes to Colchester as part of the Black History Month celebrations and also to give you the chance to hear some never heard before new material, due for release next year. If you missed his UK tour last year, then don’t waste this opportunity to see a truly world class performer.   ‘one of the most spellbinding performers you could ever wish to see’ – the guardian
At Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Colchester. CO4 3S.
£10 / £8 advance / £5 UOE students
Booking agent: 01206 573948    
Fri 15 Oct, 8pm
Kirikou and The Sorceress

A public film screening of the popular animated West African folk tale. Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress has cast a terrible spell: the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men have either been kidnapped or mysteriously disappear…Award winning animation for adults and children alike and with a fabulous soundtrack from Youssou N’Dour.
At Slack Space 19-29 Queen St, Colchester. Free. Info: 07792184806    
Sat 16 Oct, 12-5pm
firstsite Art Stop
Join us at firstsite for an amazing experience with a fabulous artist to celebrate Black History Month in Colchester. Drop in to our project space in Short Wyre Street. No need to book – just turn up.
At firstsite, Short Wire St. Free. Info: 01206 577 067   ____________________________________________________________________________________________      
Sat 16 Oct, 8pm
Master Drummers of Africa

Using over 100 ethnic drums and featuring 10 drummers from 10 nations of Africa, the Master Drummers of Africa create freewheeling music unlike anyone else. Hailed as the world’s greatest drum orchestra, this promises to be one of the most thrilling and spectacular shows in world music today, The Master Drummers of Africa draw from 5000 years of tribal rhythms and create music straight from the heart of African cultures in a dynamic stage show.
At Colchester Arts Centre, Church St, £12/ £10. Info: 01206 500 900    
Monday 18 Oct, 12 noon
I Got a Home in Barack

From Africa to the White House. A Journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals. A one-man musical talk written and performed by Tayo Aluko. The show explores African pre-slavery history, African’s resistance to white domination over the centuries, and their eventual triumph (symbolically at least) with the election and inauguration of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.
At Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Colchester.
£4/ £2 Proceeds to TACMEP. Info: 01206 873288    
Monday 18 Oct, 7pm
Short talks by local women celebrating heroines though the ages. Queenette Cunningham on African Queens: a positive look at African’s Women’s history prior to patriarchal hierarchy, and Saartjie Baartman ‘The Venus Hottentott’. Lenore Sykes on Mary Seacole of the Crimean War, and Cicely Sawyer on Rosa Parks of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as short talks by women from local groups and charities who give their time and energy for the benefit of their communities both at home and abroad.
At Lakeside Studio Theatre, Arts on 5, Essex University. Free.
Info: 01206 873288    
Wed 20 Oct, 8pm
The Harder They Come with Jimmy Cliff
Film screening of 1972’s Reggae Classic. A Jamaican crime story directed by Perry Henzell. The film stars reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivanhoe Martin, a character based on the true story of Rhyging, a Jamaican criminal from the 1940s. Ivan is a country boy in Jamaica who comes to see his Grandmother and make it big by recording a record. However when he finds himself exploited by a record producer his life takes a different turn. Great music, great performances, including a rare look at Prince Buster DJing at a party. If you are a reggae fan, particularly early ska, rocksteady and pre-Bob Marley, this is a film for you. Certificate 15
At Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street. £5. Info: 01206 500 900    
Thursday 21 Oct, 7pm
Between Two Worlds – talk by Shirla Philogene

Shirla Philogene, author “Between Two Worlds”, describes her experiences of leaving St Vincent in the 1950s to train as a nurse in Colchester. Shirla will be joined by Maureen Bancroft who also came to Colchester from the Caribbean. Hear their memories and join in the discussions.
At The Quaker Meeting House, Church St. Free entry
Info: 01206 506936

 Sat 23 Oct, 3-5pm
Music on the Mayflower Line, Sam and Sam African Blues
Music livens up the Mayflower Line Train with West African Blues Guitars from Papa Sam and Sam Djenge. All aboard the Manningtree Train to Harwich, a family-friendly music concert on the move, all for the cost of a train ticket.
At Manningtree Train Staion and on-board the train to Harwich, alight and depart as you wish. Advance tickets available from National Express 0845 6007 245. For wheelchair access call in advance 0800 028 2878.
Info: 07990 802 776   ____________________________________________________________________________________________      
Tuesday 26 & 27 Oct 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm each day
Handa’s Surprise Puppet Show

From the best-selling children’s book by Eileen Browne. Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo in the next village. With physical performance, puppetry, live music and song. Suitable for children aged 2-6 years old.
At The Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate. £7.50/ £5.50 children and concessions
Info: 01206 573948    
Thurs 28 Oct, 7pm
Premiere of ‘Routine’

A dance film made by young people in Essex in partnership with Signals Media Arts Centre. See the film, meet the filmmakers and maybe dance too.
At Signals Media Arts Centre, Runwald St. Free. Info: 01206 560255     ____________________________________________________________________________________________      
Friday 29th Oct, 7pm
An African Word
A stellar line-up of poets celebrating the resilience and beauty of Africa; HKB FiNN, Lisalore and Leeto Thale combine Hip Hop, Jazz and NuBluz. Dub Sounds from Aruba Red and Essex Uni’s resident poetic star Amanda Elhaj-Paul together with RADA student Obi Iwumene, expect more surprise guests.
At The Lakeside Theatre, Arts on 5, University of Essex. £7/ £5/ £3.
Info: 01206 855 317    
Sat 30 Oct, 3pm
Power of the Afro

Latest tips in natural hair care and talk about the significance and importance of the afro and how it’s message has changed over the years.
At I Am Hair, 2 Osborne St, Colchester. Free. Info 01206 765565     ____________________________________________________________________________________________      
Sat 30th Oct, 7.30pm
Palm Wine & Stout

by Segun Lee-French. An Eastern Angles production in association with Theatre Writing Partnership. Taiye, a young British Nigerian, is on a quest to find out more about his African heritage. Music, dance and ancestors feature in this funny and emotional new play.
At William Loveless Hall, Wivenhoe, £8.50 / £7.50 concessions.
Info: 01473 211498    
Sat 30 Oct, 8pm
Felix Dexter Stand-up Comedy

Felix Dexter is an award winning comedian writer and actor. Star of TV’s The Fast Show and Radio 4’s Down The Line. He is a law graduate and a member of one of the Inns of Court. This legal background is extremely useful in his stand up comedy career, enabling him to stun hecklers into silence with shouts of “objection!”.
At Colchester Arts Centre, Church St, £15/ £13. Info: 01206 500900    
Sat 30 Oct, 7pm
Charlie Barber Sound Affairs Afrodisiac

Devised by composer Charlie Barber and explores ritual and magic in African and South American cultures through an exhilarating mix of music and visual art. Afrodisiac is a 60-minute integrated audio-visual performance. The theatrical structure of the performance is a series of episodes that take place between sunset and dawn.
At The Lakeside Theatre, Arts on 5, Essex University, Wivenhoe Park.
£9/ £6 info 01206 873 288    
Fri 12 & Sat 13 Nov, 7.45pm
Burn My Heart

Set during the Mau Mau uprising in 1950s Kenya, two boys’ lives are changed forever as their friendship and loyalty are blown apart by fear and betrayal. Drawing on African music and movement and physical story-telling theatre, Burn My Heart is a fast-paced, devastating, and highly relevant story. Suitable for 13+ years.
At The Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate. £9.75/ £6.
Info: 01206 573948    

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