Black History Month – activities from Creative Organisations of Liverpool
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Cultural organisations across Liverpool have come together to curate an exciting programme of outdoor and virtual events which celebrate Black History Month this October.
Supported by Culture Liverpool, the Creative Organisations of Liverpool (a network of city arts venues) have curated a special programme which responds to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter campaign, highlighting the power that the arts can play in affecting change.
A number of brand new commissions will promote equality and justice through a range of art forms and will also be a celebration of Liverpool’s black community which is the oldest black community in Europe.
Further details about each event and the booking information be found at www.cultureliverpool.com/bhm. Commissions include:
- A live online soundscape by BlackFest which fuses afro beats and jazz with a collection of poetry and spoken word exploring what it means to be black.
- Schools will be able to benefit from anti-racism workshops courtesy of sculptor Faith Bebbington in collaboration with dot-art Schools. Called Protest Plant, the project will see schools create their own sculptures decorated with protest slogans they have devised.
- Taking place at St Luke’s Church (Liverpool’s “bombed out” church) on 31 October, Katumba Drumming & Movement will bring some explosive rhythm to Halloween with a celebration of Orishas – also known as ‘Afrocentric Superheroes’. The event is free but pre-booking is essential.
- Liverpool Irish Festival will host a mixer on 15 October which encourages people of dual and/or mixed heritage Irish backgrounds to share their stories of the racial assumptions and exchanges they have experienced.
- Open Eye Gallery will host and facilitate a series of events which include slavery guided tour, artists debates abound how the world has changed since the death of George Floyd and photography exhibitions at the Museum of Liverpool.
- Inspired by a Liverpool activist’s week-long protest at Princes Park Gates holding a ‘I’m not Okay’ placard, Tmesis Theatre will stand at the gates and engage passers-by to have their say about the ongoing need for change.
- Writing on the Wall will present a programme featuring inspirational local, national and international black artists, creatives and activists, including Man Booker Prize winning Jamaican writer Marlon James. The events will take place throughout October.
- Storytelling and poetry will be used by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival to understand and explore the cultural heritage of Yemen, with the work acting as a living archive of the experiences of Yemenis living in the UK today.
- First Take will produce a short documentary focusing on the Black Lives Matters protests and looking at what comes next.
- A spoken word, dance and music production called Journeys to the Underworld will take over the city centre on 12 October. Produced by Luma Creations, local and international artists will look at the struggles of indigenous people from Africa , the Americas and other parts of the world.
- Spread Your Wings is a commission by Movema which will create a platform for black dance artists to be celebrated, listened to and supported.
The site also has information about additional activities taking place by Liverpool Hope University and Whispered Tales.
All live events taking place outdoors will be Covid-safe, and will follow government guidelines.
A further announcement will be made in the coming weeks about an exciting month-long music celebration to coincide with Black History Month, which will include live online performances, documentary screenings, podcasts and ‘in conversation with’ events.