Saturday, 1 October 2011

Events - Black History Month (Nottingham)

Unfortunetly the 'history' side of Nottinghams Black History Month seems pretty thin on the ground unless you're interested in American history!  I'm surprised at the lack of looking black peoples aspect from a normal local point of view (Hyson Green seems to be the only one) which is a real shame.  Most of the events go into the racial stereotyping of segregation,slavery and militancy which seems a bit of a cop out if you ask me.  Four events which appear to be worth visiting are:

Event: Black History Day
Date: 14 October, 10am - 3.30pm
Venue: The Mary Potter Centre, Gregory Boulevard NG7 6BE
Costs: FREE
Description: Food, music, entertainment and stalls. Open to all ages

Event: Autograph
Date: 15 October, 11am - 4pm
Venue: New Art Exchange, 39- 41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE
Costs: Free
Description: New Art Exchange and Autograph ABP present the third in a series of nationwide Photography Roadshows, to unearth a 'Missing Chapter' of Britain's diverse photographic history.
Images that capture a social history that represents an integral part of our wider cultural heritage in the UK, with a particular focus on migrant stories will be reviewed and digitised with a team of professionals on the day, and become part of Autograph ABP's continuously growing, living archive.

Event: 'War Brought all the Art Out of Me': Black Artists Bear Witness to World War I's Hidden Histories
Date: 19 October, 7 - 9pm
Venue: The Space, Nottingham Contemporary NG1 2GB
Costs: Free, to book online: Or by phone: 0115 948 9750
Description: Dr. Celeste-MarieBernier will discuss a selection of paintings, prints, photographs and drawings produced by Black U.S artists who served as combat soldiers in the first world war, engaging with this barely documented, hidden history of Black heroism. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Associate Professor, Slavery Studies, African American Studies and Visual Culture, University of Nottingham

Event: 'Hyson Green Flats on Film' special screening
Date: 21 October, 1pm
Venue: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham NG1 3AL
Costs: Book your place by calling Helen Bates on 0115 970 8200 or by emailing
Description: Come and relive the life and times of one of Nottingham's best-known former landmarks - the Hyson Green Flats - and follow in the footsteps of residents and three fascinating decades - the '60s, '70s and '80s.


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