Black History Month 2011 events in Colchester

Saturday 1 October
Midday
Colchester Arts Centre – Freedom Sound Reggae Market Launch Event
Freedom Sounds African and Caribbean Reggae Market Day with vibrant stalls, delicious foods, music, dance performances and family entertainment. Followed by a live performance from Wayne MacAuthor & the Universal Players from 7.00pm until Midnight.
Admission: FREE to all Daytime Activities.
£4 from 7:00pm – Midnight.

Sunday 2 October
8pm
Colchester Arts Centre – Omid Djalili ***Sold Out***
Multi award winning stand-up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with a warm-up for his brand new comedy show. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival with his legendary performances. Omid was the winner of the “Best Actor” Award for his lead performance in The Infidel at the Turin Film Festival. “Right now, the Iranian Djalili is probably one of the most subversive, let alone funniest, comedians around.

Wednesday 5 October – 22 October
Slack Space – Who is Black “One Drop”
Inspired by the BHM theme of “Identity” An Art exhibition and display of a series of paintings and photos entitled “One Drop” that will
represent the differences in colours of black people of mixed heritage.
Admission: Free

Thursday 6 October
11am
University of Essex – Lenore is from Trinidad
Under five year olds and their families will be delighted with stories and songs from the Caribbean with Aunty Lenore.
at Essex University Creche Library

Thursday 6 October
7pm
Slack Space – Mini Festival
A day of music and celebration of Africa Culture and Art with Images and Sculptures provided by Boudicia Gallery.
Admission: Free

Friday 7 October
7.30pm
Slack Space – Mini Festival
Fusion Dance Hall WorkShop, Music and Performances. A vibrant and explosive dance shop of some of the hottest Fusion and Dance Hall moves and choreographs. Featuring Sanna Jay Dance Co.
Admission: Free

Saturday 8 October
8pm
Slack Space – Mini Festival
Featuring Salsa Dance Night, DJ Mgjazz playing the best of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue & Reggaeton. An introduction to the dance of Salsa with Instructor Malcolm Green.
Admission: Free

Wednesday 12 October – Friday 14 October, 4pm. Saturday 15 October, 11am

Slack Space – Uganda or UK
A family Event for Parents and children ages 6 to 14 years with hands-on activities for parent and child participation, exploring the similarities and differences of everyday life in Africa and the UK.
Admission: Free

Thursday 13 October
8pm
Colchester Arts Centre – Poetry Slam
A multi-poet battle royal for lyrical supremacy! A poetry slam is an exciting, performance based poetry competition that is open to all.
Email max@colchesterartscentre.com to prove your worth on stage.

Friday 14 October
7pm
University of Essex – Sanna Jay Dance Co.
Fusion Dance Hall WorkShop, Music and Performances. A vibrant and explosive dance work shop of some of the hottest Fusion and Dance Hall moves and chorography.
Admission: Free
at University of Essex, Events Hall.

Saturday 15 October
8pm – Late
University of Essex – Bring Back the Slow Jamms
A night of 80s and 90s Soul/R&B/Reggae Music and Dance.
We reach back into the crates to pull out some of those rare and fabulous slow jams and lovers rock reggae tunes. Get ready to kick off your shoes and hold your lover close for “Bring Back the Slow Jamms”
£4 Advance tickets £5 at the door.
at University of Essex, Events Hall.

Monday 17 October
7.30pm
Slack Space – Cicely’s Caribbean Cooking
Come and join us for a mouth-watering tasty treat with Cicley’s Cakes. Discover cooking tips and recipes and sample foods of the West Indies.
Admission and Food: Donations

Thursday 20 October
8pm
Colchester Arts Centre – Asere and the Sound of Cuba
Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban songs, seven young musicians came together in the 1990s to create music with a contemporary edge. Staying true to an acoustic base they developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting and soulful groove.
Admission: £10 / £8 Conc.

Thursday 20 October
University of Essex – Global Dignity Day
‘Out of Slavery’ Nardia Foster. As part of Global Dignity Day, the university is delighted to welcome Nardia Foster, author of Out of Slavery: the History of British Black Caribbean People. Explore the history and identity of black Caribbean people in Britain. Creative pieces produced during the workshop will be on display at the Black History Month Fair at the university on 29th October.
Join us on the university squares during the day and contribute to community art by adding a message or handprint to our board, and see how some of the university’s societies are celebrating Global Dignity Day.
More info: drplus@essex.ac.uk
Admission: Free

Friday 21st October
8pm
Slack Space – Committee Soiree
An informal, casual Colchester Black History Month committee gathering to socially meet and talk and relax.
Admission: Free

Saturday 22 October
8pm
Slack Space – Who is Black “One Drop”
Exhibition finale presented by Lawrence Walker, Chairman of Colchester Black Month 2011 with Special Guest Nardia Foster, the author of “Out of Slavery” The History of British Black Caribbean people in the United Kingdom workshop, Lecture and Book Review.
Admission: Free

Sunday 23 October
11am
Layer Fox Pub – ‘Miles for Smiles’ Charity Walk
A chance to walk a course around the outskirts of the town of either 5 miles or 10 miles and raise funds for favourite charity. Everyone’s
invited to support the cause.
Starting from the Layer Fox Pub in Layer Dela Haye through Friday Woods.
Tuesday 25 October
1pm
University of Essex – African Diaspora on the culture of Latin America
All members of the university and the local community are warmly invited to this informal lunchtime session to mark Black History Month. Drawing on the University’s leading-edge research in the area, participants will have the chance to explore the impact of the African Diaspora on the culture of Latin America.
More info: ldev@essex.ac.uk
Admission: Free

Friday 28 October
7.30pm
Lakeside Theatre – An African Affair
Come and taste the world with an evening of African food and variety of entertainment celebrating African spirit and beauty, ranging from eclectic talents in spoken words with London based poets such as Leeto, Obe from RADA and Amanda (Essex University’s resident poets) to soulful harmonies sang by the beautiful voice of “Nandi” a talented singer/songwriter from Zimbabwe, with a stunning array of African dishes to sample, dancers and other goodies to ensure an extravaganza.
Admission: Free

Saturday 29 October,
1pm
University of Essex – University of Essex Students’ Union Black History Month Fair
A fantastic, family-Friendly event to end Black History Month. The day will include: live music from reggae to steel band; stalls with food, clothes and other culturally diverse items; and attractions for children.
Special thanks to the University of Essex Equality and Diversity Unit for their tremendous contribution.

For further information visit www.bhmcolchester.co.uk