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What's On? Black History Month special

DAYS OUT: Fun for families, adult nights out and more

THIS MONTH 'The Voice's' Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell has put together a special edition of event listings, spanning music, film, exhibitions and more, plus Black History Month-themed dates for your diary.


112 and Dru Hill with Sisqo and Ginuwine live in concert – The 20th Anniversary Tour

Marking a phenomenal 20 years in the music business, US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill and Ginuwine are set to come together to hit the UK stage for the first time ever to celebrate two decades worth of chart-topping hits and unforgettable R&B classics.

DATE: October 6-8
TIME: Evening shows
LOCATION: London Indigo at the o2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 and o2 Academy Birmingham, 16-18 Horse Fair, Birmingham B1
PRICE: £32.50

Legends Live Tour: Hot Chocolate

Tony Dention Productions have announced the Legends Live arena tour 2017 which includes four iconic artists - Suzi Quatro, The Osmonds and David Essex, plus 1970s soulful icons Hot Chocolate, formed in Brixton, who will return to the stage at Wembley's SSE Arena.

DATE: October 20
TIME: 7.30pm
LOCATION: SSE Arena, Wembley, London HA9
CONTACT 0844 815 0815 /
PRICE: £48.50 + booking fee


Natalie Williams and the Soul Family

Now in its 11th year, Natalie Williams and the Soul Family is Ronnie Scott’s most successful residency. Hosted by MOBO-nominee vocalist Natalie Williams, the monthly event features an incredible group of regular musicians and singers with an ever-changing cast of special guests from the world of UK R&B, soul and jazz, that has in the past included Jamie Woon, Jamie Cullum, Lalah Hathaway, Omar, Alice Russell, Krystle Warren, Terri Walker and Shaun Escoffery to name a few.

DATE: October 22
TIME: 6.30pm
LOCATION: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1
CONTACT: 020 7439 0747
PRICE: £20 - £45


UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, The Movement and their Legacy

Afrobeats music is not a new sound. Its stylistic features can be found in percussion developed from talking drum, chanted song and the call and response techniques which have emerged from old cultural traditions. Join a live discussion with a powerful panel of pioneering UK afrobeat musicians including Afrikan Boy, Timbo, Mr Silva and P Montana about how they influenced the music scene at a time when it was not cool to rap or sing with an African accent.

DATE: October 14
TIME: 6.30-9.30pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, London SW2
PRICE: £7, £5 concessions


Celebrate 40 years of the world’s greatest DJ, Jazzy Jeff

“In West Philadelphia, born and raised”, he was only 10 years old when the man now known across the globe as DJ Jazzy Jeff first started DJ-ing 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 promotors The Doctor's Orders for his only London club set of 2017 where attendees will celebrate 40 years since his rise to fame alongside Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.

DATE: November 4
TIME: 9pm-3am
LOCATION: A secret east London location
PRICE: £24.75


The celebrated musical charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is
fabulous. Starring ex-Glee actress Amber Riley.

DATE: Until February 2018
TIME: 7.30pm
LOCATION: Savoy Theatre, Strand, London WC2R
PRICE: From £15

Kashane Swaby AW17 Fashion Show

Kashane Swaby is a womenswear brand that was founded by Birmingham fashion designer Deleisha Swaby in 2014. Since then she has established a brand that is respected locally and nationally for capturing elegance, style and great craftsmanship in every garment that she designs and produces. It wouldn’t be much of a fashion show without an after party, would it?
After the main event, guests will be given the opportunity to network and mingle.

DATE: October 15
TIME: 6pm-10pm
LOCATION: Minerva Works, Unit 4, Warwick Bar, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5
PRICE: Standard tickets £10, VIP tickets £20, exhibitor packages £50

Readings returns with a season of Beckett

Each month, Peter Marinker and friends present incisive, subversive writing from every era in Readings. Readings and discussion of the most disruptive, from the most informed, for the most discerning. Work from Beckett to Homer and back again – a word to the wise. In October, Readings begins a new series, this time focusing on the extensive works of Samuel Beckett. It begins with Samuel Beckett’s From An Abandoned Work, published by Calder in his 1978 collection, then Six Residua, and continue through the year looking at both little and well-known work with plays, poetry, letters and rough work for radio.

DATE: October 29, 2017-April 22, 2018
TIME: Contact the venue
LOCATION: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London, NW8

The Snow Kingdom cinema comes to London courtesy of Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema presents The Snow Kingdom this winter. Ticket holders will enter an adventure into the fantasy realm launching on October 25 at Backyard Cinema’s permanent home of Mercato Metropolitano in Borough. Changing the face of cinema one theme at a time, Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom is set in an enchanted castle, deep in the snowy mountains in a magical land. Adventurers will enter through a secret entrance at the foot of the mountain and
venture though an ice cave across a frozen lake. Once inside the grand ballroom, relax on giant beanbags and enjoy potion-themed cocktails before settling under a blanket to watch one of your favourite movies.

DATE: October 25
TIME: Contact venue
LOCATION: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1
PRICE: Contact venue

Afrika Eye returns

Afrika Eye presents a celebration of African cinema and culture featuring the best new Africa-focused features, documentaries and short films, director Q&As talks, music, family-friendly arts and crafts workshops and performances for everyone to enjoy.

DATE: November 10-12
LOCATION: Watershed, Canons Road, Bristol, BS1

A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England

This five-week course will explore the period of Tudor England, the African contribution and influence at the time. Unpicking vital evidence of the period students will be exposed to the breadth of historical evidence and rich legacy concerning the African experience. You will have the opportunity to explore the presence of African people during Tudor England, understand where Blackamoores came from and where they are now and highlight the various roles played and their contribution to English society.

DATE: Wednesdays (November 1-December 7)
TIME: 7-9pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, London SW2
PRICE: £50


Alexis Peskine: Power Figures

For his first exhibition with October Gallery, Alexis Peskine will present new works that explore the complexity of themes effecting people from the African diaspora. His signature pieces are large-scale portraits rendered by the painstaking process of hammering nails of different lengths and diameters, with pin-point accuracy, into wood to create breathtaking composite images.

DATE: Finishes October 21
TIME 12.30-5.30pm
LOCATION October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N
CONTACT: 020 7242 7367
PRICE Contact the venue


Paradigm Rhymes: Beyond the Dome is a futuristic tale, a fast moving perfor- mance of spoken word narration, live jazz music and projected comic book digital imagery.
Within the Dome the minds of young people are controlled. History has been revised and all art is banned. Creative acts are crimes; the worst crime is playing the music of improvi- sation – jazz. Ages 10-14.
DATE: October 21
TIME: 1pm and 3pm
LOCATION: Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
PRICE: From £8

Out of Many One - Caribbean Carnival Festival

Join the V&A for a celebration of Caribbean popular culture, unpacking its rich heritage with DJs, steel pan, calypsonians, poets, storytellers, talks, literature, and take part in its Carnival Mas Camp – ‘Design, Make & Dance’. Kick-start your creativity in the Mas Camp and design your own Carnival headdress, masks of sisguise, develop your dance techniquses and take part in our visitor impromptu parade.

DATE: October 8
TIME: 12.30-5.30pm
LOCATION: African Heritage & Culture, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7
PRICE: Free, and drop-in – no booking required

Natural History Museum ice rink returns

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink welcomes over 130,000 visitors every ear, providing the perfect treat as the festive season draws ever closer. The glistening ice rink which runs alongside South Kensington’s tree-lined streets will be topped-off once again with a sparkling 30ft Christmas tree. Luxury chocolatier and cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat will be serving their luxurious signature hot chocolate and other hot drinks for skaters to enjoy and indulge in. Skaters and visitors will also have the chance to shop a delicious selection of chocolatey festive gifts whilst visiting the ice rink.

DATE: October 26, 2017-January 7, 2018
LOCATION: Cromwell Road, London, W7 (nearest tube – South Kensington)
PRICE: £8.80 for children, £12.65 for adults, £39.60 for a family

Manchester Museum transformed into Congolese village: Flying Carpets

Three female artists whose lives have been re-routed by war, intolerance and persecution bring their histories, cultural traditions and aspirations to transform the public spaces of Manchester Museum in Flying Carpets a vibrant family event. Flying Carpets will immerse and lead audiences on a journey into the hidden stories behind some of the museum’s unique collections. Prepare to be transported across centuries, civilisations and continents to see Manchester Museum’s collections in a whole new light through music, dance and storytelling. From a Saturday night out in a Congolese village, to the ramblings of Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, beauty, war and political power, explore historical links to Manchester’s refugee communities. Flying Carpets is a family-friendly performance created and performed by refugee artists. Created by Community Arts North West with Abas ElJanabi, Amani Creatives, Arian Sadr, Fereshteh Mozaffari and Mahboobeh Rajabi. Directed by Cheryl Martin. In collaboration with Journeys Festival International, Manchester Museum and Rethink Rebuild Society Families.

DATE: October 7
TIME: 3pm
LOCATION: The University Of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13

The Historical and Hidden Caribbean: A View of Life Through Art and Design

All tours are 90 minutes covering eight objects across six galleries – an opportunity to explore and see more of the V&A as you tour the Caribbean material. To guarantee your free places and for more information ring the bookings team.

DATE: October 15
TIME: Meet at ‘the meeting point’ in the V&A Grand Entrance Reception, Cromwell Road – tours start at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
LOCATION: African Heritage and Culture, V&A, London SW7
CONTACT: / 020 7942 2000
PRICE: Free (booking required)

Black Sound

Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. 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: Until November 4
TIME: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm)
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton SW2

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 adults, £3 children

Feast in the Archive: 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. To commemorate this legacy and commitment to the promote the teaching of black history, Friends of Black Cultural Archives will host the second annual Feast in the Archives. Join them for special Sunday opening, where you are invited into the archives for takeover day of reflections on the history of Black History Month, sharing of memories, and classic Sunday buffet with favourite dishes from jollof rice and suya to curry goat and johnny cakes. All proceeds go towards fundraising for Black Cultural Archives.

DATE: October 29
TIME: 3-5.30pm
LOCATION: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton
PRICE: £25


Stan Firm Inna Inglan: Black Disapora London

The Tate Britain presents Stan Firm Inna Inglan: Black Diaspora London. The exhibition is inspired by the poem It Dread inna Inglan’ by Jamaica-British poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and pays homage to the rise of resistance in the face of racism. Works from eight photographers are featured in the exhibit and hones in on the experience of migration to the UK.

DATE: Until November 19
TIME: Monday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
LOCATION: Tate Britain Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P

A New Way of Seeing – Contemporary Caribbean Emerging Artists

Discover today’s movers and shakers in the world of contemporary Caribbean art and design. Join artists, designers, curators, writers, and historians, and immerse yourself in the emerging talent of the Caribbean – untapped, bold, and provocative, reminding us that we have only just scratched the surface in exposing these island gems.

DATE: November 4
TIME: 10.30am-5.30pm
LOCATION: African Heritage and Culture, V&A, London SW7
PRICE: £15, £10 concessions, includes Caribbean reception

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 both 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



Director Dee Rees (Pariah) delivers a searing racial drama about two families – one white, one black – set in the Deep South in the 1940s. The friendship of two Second World War veterans ignites racial tension in Dee Rees’ majestic epic about two families in the Deep South. Pariah marked Rees as a filmmaker of uncompromising originality and vision; Mudbound retains that distinct voice within a complex narrative about what sets us apart, and perhaps more so, what we all share. Rees skilfully draws characters’ stories together, reflecting on how bigotry and intolerance serves no one – a message with fresh relevance given the rise of an emboldened far right in America.

DATE: October 5 and 6
TIME: October 5: 7.15pm, October 6: 11am
LOCATION: Odeon Leicester Square
PRICE: Contact the venue

Sweet Country

Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) brings a vital indigenous perspective and great cinematic vision to this powerful, revisionist epic. An Aboriginal stockman is accused of murdering a white man in Warwick Thornton’s searing Australian Western. Thornton follows up his uncompromising Camera d’Or-winning debut Samson and Delilah (LFF2009) with an expansive film of great cinematic scope and vision.

DATE: October 12 and 13
TIME: October 12: 6pm, Friday 13: 11am
LOCATION: Embankment Garden Cinema, Villiers Street, London WC2N
PRICE: Contact the venue

I Am Not a Witch

Welsh-raised, Zambian-born Rungano Nyoni delivers a dazzling debut with this dark satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch. In a Zambian village, Shula, a small, silent girl with big eyes, is accused of being a witch. Her choice: join a travelling witch camp or become a goat. Thus begins her dazzling and audacious satirical fairy tale.

DATE: October 12 and 13
TIME: October 12: 6pm, October 13: 11am
LOCATION: Embankment Garden Cinema, Villiers Street, London WC2N
PRICE: Contact the venue

Yasmin Kadi presents ‘Afrobeats4All’

A special event of music and inspiration held in support of the flood victims of Sierra Leone in conjunction with Street Child. Sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s Street Child are one of the few transparent charities currently on the ground in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, deploying much-needed aid to the flood victims. Street Child currently deliver survival essentials such as food and drinking water but vastly greater funds are needed to provide housing for homeless families.

DATE: October 14
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: The Albany Theatre, Deptford, London SE8
PRICE: £15

93 Days

93 Days comes to London cinemas for Black History Month. What happens when the deadliest infectious disease known to man arrives in a megacity with more than 21 million people? 93 Days is the real-life story of the men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save the citizens of Nigeria from the outbreak of the highly deadly Ebola virus.

DATE: October 22-28
TIME: 12pm
LOCATION: Various cinemas across London
CONTACT: All screenings must be booked in advance via:
PRICE: £7-13.50

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