Black History Month celebrations continue

Celebrating Black creative art and media is the theme for Hackney Council’s Black History Month.

The range of events on offer showcases some of the community s modern day talents as well as taking a look at contributions made in the past.

The Reggae Rebels exhibition which explores the roots of Reggae and runs at Hackney Museum until January 2011 is already a great success. Visitors numbers are up and Hackney Museum has seen a 10% increase in adult male visitors, a group who are usually under-represented.

Local residents were invited to Stamford Hill Library to hear about the ‘West Indian Front Room’ by art curator, writer and poet Michael McMillan. He talked about his exhibition at the Geffrye Museum representing his vision of a traditional West Indian Front Room in the 1960 s and 1970 s.

A group of over 50 older people had a fantastic time at a Gospel, reminiscence session and workshop at the Bells Project. They came together and sung Caribbean songs and played instruments guided wonderfully by singer Sunnie Dae who gave an offering of folk, blues and spiritual songs.

Pearl Barthley, who attended said: "The event addressed black history and was a very happy occasion" Manager, Judy Oakeley, added: "We loved it, everyone who attended got involved and loved the singing."

Hackney Council s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Jonathan McShane said: "Through Black History Month we have the opportunity to highlight some fantastic exhibitions and events. Our packed programme has so much to offer. It’s great that our events are reaching audiences that we don’t always connect with. There is still more to come in Black History Month 2010, pick up a copy of our events guide and go along to something in your area."

Still to come:

Family song writing workshop with Carroll Thompson, Queen of Lovers Rock
Family event
Budding song writers can come along and learn all about song writing. They can write song lyrics together and get the chance to share with others.
Friday 29 October
Woodberry Down Library
Robin Redmond Resource Centre
Woodberry Down
440 Seven Sisters Road
N4 2RD

Open Mic and Poetry Slam
Word play - an ancient art. Come along – drop rhymes or poetry. Express your roots, creativity and style.
Friday 29 October
Hackney Central Library
1 Reading Lane
E8 1GQ

Events are free and taking place across the borough at Hackney Museum and all of Hackney s libraries until December 2010. There is something for everyone including sessions featuring guest speakers, music workshops, seminars, creative writing sessions and film screenings.

This year’s guide to Hackney s Black History Month is available from libraries, Hackney Museum, and some leisure centres. To check out events and exhibitions please visit: