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The ultimate guide to events taking place this year

MUST SEE: Nubya Garcia



Tony Dention Productions have announced the Legends Live arena tour 2017 which includes four iconic artists; Suzi Quatro, The Osmonds and David Essex. Plus 70s soulful icons Hot Chocolate, formed in Brixton who will return to the stage at SSE Arena Wembley.

DATE: October 20
TIME: 19:30
LOCATION: SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square Engineers Way, HA9 OAA
CONTACT: 0844 815 0815
PRICE: £48.50 plus booking fee


Ronnie Scott’s presents a night featuring the young trailblazers of the new jazz scene as we enter one of the most exciting periods in British jazz history. Blending jazz with soul, electronica, hip-hop, afrobeat and other contemporary influences, the night features two artists making waves garnering huge acclaim and building a following with their early work. In a very special unmissable double-header, composer/producer/keyboardist ALFA MIST performs alongside saxophonist/composer NUBYA GARCIA. Up-and-coming TRIFORCE rounds off the evening performing at The Late Late Show.

DATE: August 15
TIME: 7.30pm
LOCATION: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
CONTACT: 020 7439 0747
PRICE: £12.50 - £28.50

The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution

Steel Pulse is a pioneering and award-winning reggae band that exploded onto the British music scene in the 1970s. Adopting the political messages of Jamaican roots reggae, Steel Pulse helped create a musical platform for British reggae bands to comment on the social conditions that people of African descent experienced in Britain.
DATE: July 20
TIME: 7.00pm-9.00pm

LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives


Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

Conceived by Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner project brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of Julius Eastman – the mercurial gay African American composer, pianist and vocalist who mixed canny minimalist innovation with head-on political provocation.
DATE: September 9
TIME: 19:30
LOCATION: LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG
CONTACT: 020 7638 8891
PRICE: £20


Under 40 CEOs To Host Largest Gathering Of Young African Business Leaders In Europe

With business entrepreneurs and CEO’s playing a key role in this era of globalization that demands mobility, innovation and ingenious kills to develop the worlds economies, especially in Africa, Under 40 CEO have created the perfect platform to share best practice in business, stories and appraise the progress of Global Influencers.

Coming on the back of its successful TV series on TVC News and Silverbird TV, and the sold out forum held at Renaissance Hotel in Lagos on February 2017, Under 40 CEOs is taking things up a notch, and are proud to announce its first ever UK forum, which will be the largest gathering of young African business leaders in Europe, with the explosive theme ‘How We Made It In Africa’.
DATE: August 11
TIME: Evening
LOCATION: The Ball Room, Millennium Hotels in Mayfair, 44 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HP
PRICE: £50.00

Wot do you call it, Garage?

How UK Garage Gave Voice to a New Generation of MCs: In conversation with Decimal, MC Longers, and Clencha. This Black Cultural Archives special explores the in uence that UK garage had on youth culture in 1990s and early 2000s.

Through the lens of local music crews Vinyl Villains and 15 Family, we explore how UK garage created alternative spaces for belonging. Whether an MC or DJ, a club goer or club promoter, UK garage culture presented a new platform for a generation of young people to express themselves.

DATE: July 28
TIME: 6.30pm-10.00pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, London, Brixton SW2 1EF
PRICE: £10 for talk and performance, £7 for exhibition and performance

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Celebrate 40 years of The World’s greatest DJ JAZZY JEFF

“In West Philadelphia, born & raised” he was only 10 years old when the man now known across the globe as The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff first started Djing block parties. Since then he has rocked in every country with a set of turntables and firmly established himself as the most exciting DJ on the planet. He joins us for this his only London club set of 2017 where we celebrate 40 years since his rise to fame alongside Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

DATE: November 4
TIME: 9pm -3am
LOCATION: @ Secret East London Location
PRICE: £17.50 - £25.00


Bone Guns to be exhibited in UK for first time at FLUX

Artist Bruce Mahalski is exhibiting two bones guns for the first time in the UK at the FLUX exhibition at Chelsea College of the Arts (next to Tate Britain).
DATE: July 12-16
TIME: Contact Chelsea College of Arts.
LOCATION: Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4J

Black History Walks

In 140 minutes your guide will take you through hundreds of years of the African presence and contribution to London’s way of life. Discover secret alleyways and enormous buildings all connected to Africa and the Caribbean in ways which the owners do not want you to know. Find out about Black loyalists and African revolutionaries. Uncover the submerged links between racism, trade, religion, slavery and politics which are still evident in the very streets and buildings of the oldest part of London.

DATE: Five dates throughout 2017
PRICE: £8.00 adults | £3.00 children

Black Sound

Black British Music’s Journey of Creative Independence 7 April – 4 November 2017

Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This
exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history.

DATE: April 7 – November 4
TIME: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)

LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives

One Love Reggae & Ska Festival

One Love Reggae & Ska Festival

The annual festival celebrates its tenth anniversary next year. The event will celebrate Bunny “Striker” Lee and his 50 years in reggae. Reggae Legend Derrick Morgan, who has performed with all the greats Duke Reid, Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley, will perform. More announcements will be made.

DATE: September 1 - 3, 2017
PRICE: From £35 (day pass) concessions available


Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

What did it mean to be a Black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power? What was art's purpose and who was its audience? This summer Tate Modern will present Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, a landmark exhibition exploring how these issues played out among and beyond African American artists from 1963 to 1983.

DATE: July 12 – October 22
TIME: Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday LOCATION: Tate Modern, Level 3, Boiler House
CONTACT: 020 7887 8888 -

Continuing The Journey

This is a multimedia collection of oral histories, photography and film, exploring issues which affect people of African heritage, born, raised or living in Liverpool’s locality. Learn about the struggle of Merseyside's Black community to obtain racial equality and social justice from post war Britain to the 1980s. The project aims to reflect the resilience, strength and power of each individual, and is dedicated to the voices that were heard and those that were not.

DATE: Museum’s opening hours
TIME: Museum’s opening hours
LOCATION: International Slavery Museum, Dock Traffic Office, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4AX

Barber Shop Chronicles


Barber Shop Chronicles

A co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Directed by Bijan Sheibani. Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. This dynamic new play journeys from a barbershop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

DATE: July 12-29
TIME: 2.15pm and 7.45pm
LOCATION: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP
CONTACT: @wyplayhouse
PRICE: £13.50-£22.00

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