Celebrating Black History Season in Hackney
Hackney’s Black History Season programme returns this October, celebrating African and Caribbean hairstyles with a dynamic series of events held through to January.
Whether you’re interested in art, poetry, history or food - this year’s programme offers something for everyone. The Council’s Black History Season celebrations will begin on 1 October with the flying of Hackney’s very own Black History Season flag outside Hackney Town Hall, and will continue with events across the borough, which explore the significance, history and power of African and Caribbean hair.
Following on from the launch, there will be arts and crafts workshops, film screenings, food tasting sessions, guest speakers and live music.
One of our highlights this year is the community-led exhibition, Hackney’s Got Style, which will launch at Hackney Museum on 3 October and be open to the public until the end of January. Designed to celebrate and recognise the history of African and Caribbean style and explore the role hairstyles have had in expressing identity over the decades, the exhibition will be told through the eyes of our local community. It will explore the impact that local entrepreneurs, designers and fashionistas have had on culture in the borough.
Hackney’s Youth Hubs will also play host to a range of events, workshops and activities for local young people and children, including events which explore LGBTQ+ black history and activism.
We are committed to celebrating diversity in our borough throughout the year, and to celebrate the contribution of our Caribbean and African residents and heritage. Following on from our Windrush Generations Festival, we have organised a dynamic programme for Black History Season, packed with free activities for all ages. The programme will provide a multitude of opportunities to learn about the political history behind African and Caribbean hairstyles, and to celebrate the role that African and Caribbean people have played in shaping our borough.