Black History Month (BHM) takes place each year in October and is being marked in Leicester with a programme of events that promote the history and contributions of African and Caribbean communities.
Each year the event centres around a unifying theme. The theme for 2020 is Black British Theatre. This will explore over 60 years of Black British Theatre, reflecting on seminal pieces of work.
The programme is designed to help us to understand the present through our past. Serendipity was awarded the tenure by Leicester City Council and has overseen BHM in Leicester since 2012.
The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on how this year’s event will take place. With social distancing in place, those involved in this year’s programme have thought of creative responses from outdoor exhibitions and socially distanced performances to educational resources, online events and tangible publications.
Black History Month provides an important opportunity to bring all of Leicester’s communities together, as a point of focus and visibility, recognising the contribution of the African and African Caribbean community to the city.
If you would like to find out more about the event, or take part, click here.