Black History Season: Music, dance, film and poetry for 2012
AFTER last year’s successful event dedicated to contemporary world music star Gil Scott Heron, Black History Season returns to Leicester this October and November.
It celebrates African and African Caribbean people wherever they have migrated across the globe with a special programme of events including exhibitions, literature, music and educational workshops.
The Black History Season recognises the enormous contributions African and Caribbean people have made to Leicester and the wider world and has become a significant part of the city’s cultural calendar.
Fifty years of independence for several African and Caribbean countries is reflected in this year’s programme with Linton Kwesi Johnson, whose words have become a part of British history carving out the relationship between the Caribbean and the reality of the UK.
A Performance by Linton Kwesi John takes place on Thursday, November 1, at 7pm at Leicester Central Library
The Jamaican fever in Leicester continues with a celebration of Bob Marley in Catch a Fire at De Montfort Hall on October 31.
Nardo Brudet’s controversial exhibition Slaves of Holland sees the photographer give us a confrontational image of the Dutch role in the history of slavery, as he plays with stereotypes so that audiences are put on the wrong foot. The exhibition can be seen until Friday, October 19 at the LCB Depot (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).
Events will be taking place across the city at all the major venues including Curve, Phoenix and Embrace Arts in addition to activities at local community libraries. Black History Season events include music, dance, film, poetry and education.
Go to www.leicester.gov.uk/blackhistoryseason for further information and the full programme.
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