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Black History Month events in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:32 28 September 2018

The story of the Windrush nurses is told in an Eastside Community Heritage exhibition. Picture: NHS ENGLAND

The story of the Windrush nurses is told in an Eastside Community Heritage exhibition. Picture: NHS ENGLAND

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October is Black History Month and in celebration Redbridge has a packed programme of events, talks and activities to foster an understanding of black history and honour black contributions to society. Here is a list of some of the exciting events on offer.

England footballer Laurie Cunningham played for Real Madrid. The story of black British footballers is told in an exhibition. Picture: PAEngland footballer Laurie Cunningham played for Real Madrid. The story of black British footballers is told in an exhibition. Picture: PA

Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, September 29

2.15pm-5.15pm

Idris Elba is one of the successful black British actors being discussed at Redbridge Central Library in November. Picture: PAIdris Elba is one of the successful black British actors being discussed at Redbridge Central Library in November. Picture: PA

FREE

The calendar of events kicks off with an afternoon of talks, advice and activities geared towards creating a healthier lifestyle for the African and Caribbean communities. This event is presented in partnership with The Association of Redbridge African Caribbean Communities (TARACC).


Windrush Nurses

South Woodford Library and Gym, High Road, South Woodford

Monday, October 1 to Saturday, October 13

and Goodmayes Library, Goodmayes Lane

Tuesday, October 16 to Wednesday, October 31

FREE
In the 1960s the British government invited thousands of immigrants to Britain to fill major gaps in the NHS workforce after the Second World War More than 50,000 nurses from the Commonwealth filled these gaps. This exhibition by Eastside Community Heritage tells the personal stories of women from Redbridge and east London who worked in local hospitals, and spent their lives caring for others.

Kindumba - A photographic exhibition

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Monday, October 1 to Monday, October 15

Kindumba means ‘my hair’ in Kimdundo, one of the Bantu languages spoken in the north of Angola. This series by Alice Marcelino is a celebration of black hair diversity, of its various textures at the same time that addresses ongoing questions of aesthetic canons, identity politics and visual representations in the media. It is intended to start a conversation about African identity and the pride of that heritage.

FREE

East London’s Black British Footballers

Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead

Monday, October 1, to Wednesday, October 10

Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside

Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 20

Gants Hill Library, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill

Tuesday, October 23 to Wednesday, October 31

FREE

This exhibition tells the stories of black British footballers dating back to the early 20th century. Footballers such as Walter Tull and Laurie Cunningham to modern day players such as Jermain Defoe alongside the introduction of women’s football with players such as Rachel Yankey. The achievements of black British footballers both past and present is celebrated in this exhibition.


Black History Month Reading Group

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Wednesday, October 3

6.30pm-7.30pm

FREE

Join a discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, an inspiring coming-of-age story set during the twilight of apartheid. The event is suitable for ages 16 and up. Tea, coffee and cake will be served.

Rhythmic Connections Workshop

Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside

Saturday, October 6

2pm-3pm

FREE

IROKO Theatre Company is running this special event for the over 55s, featuring invigorating music for wellbeing activities. Try your hand at African drumming, movement, singing and dancing, and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

The African and Caribbean Marketplace

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, October 6

2pm-6pm

This vibrant indoor market celebrates entrepreneurial spirit with a range of crafts, clothing, beauty products and homeware. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up something unique while supporting local businesses.

Black History Month Play Reading Group

South Woodford Library and Gym, High Road, South Woodford

Tuesday, October 16

7pm-9.30pm

FREE

Unleash your inner actor with an exciting evening of script reading. Dramatic parts will be drawn from a hat, giving you the chance to read a variety of characters.

Derek B: The Woodford Rapper

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Wednesday, October 17

6.30pm

FREE (please call 020 8708 2317 for bookings)

This free talk by Jim Ives takes a personal look at the life of rapper Derek B, one of the first black British rappers to make it big in the UK. The event accompanies a small exhibition of photographs, albums and accolades on display at the library from October 3 – December 31.

Black Panther: A Discussion

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, October 20

1-2pm

FREE (but booking essential through eventbrite.co.uk)

Some consider Marvel’s first black superhero movie to be a defining moment for black culture and one of the most important blockbusters in years. Do you? Join film aficionado Gary Gibbs, for a lively discussion on the representation of black culture within the film.

African head wraps

Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside

Saturday, October 20

10.30am-2.30pm

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, October 27

10.30am-12.30pm

£2

You are invited to come along and learn African head wrapping, using cloth pashminas provided by Natalie Mbunga. You are welcome to bring your own head wraps or hair scarfs. This workshop is fun for all ages (8yrs+), great to boost confidence, self-esteem and creativity. It also gives people an opportunity to share and discuss their culture, hair and fashion.

Family Learning Drumming Workshop

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Tuesday, October 23

2pm-3pm

FREE (please book your place at the library)

Learn basic rhythms of traditional African drumming in this fun family event with singing, chanting, movement and dance. All families are invited to attend, but it is most suitable for children aged 4-13, who must be accompanied by an adult (no more than two children to each adult).

African and Caribbean Community Cultural Day

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, October 27

12.30pm-5.30pm

FREE

Presented in partnership with The Association of Redbridge African Caribbean Communities (TARACC), this event has a packed programme celebrating the history of humanity. There is something for everyone, from samples of traditional African food to open mic events and much, much more. Historian and writer Paul Crooks will also be in attendance, delivering a lecture and discussion entitled Africa, From Then Till Now and Beyond.

Black British Actors with Gary Gibbs

Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford

Saturday, November 17

2pm-4pm

FREE

The final event of Black History Month promises an informal and enjoyable look at the history of black actors in Britain. From Hamlet’s Adrian Lester to the rise of Idris Elba, Gary Gibbs provides and informative look at then and now, the trajectory and the stories.

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