Black History Month events in October in Leeds

The Launch of Black History Month is on Tuesday 1st October 2013

Join an inspiring evening of inter-cultural and inter-generational music and performance, featuring artists from across the diverse communities and cultures of our city… and much more.

The event marks the opening of Leeds Black History Month 2013, a programme of events and projects throughout October celebrating and exploring the stories, heritage, culture and achievements of black and minority communities. 

The evening will centre around a rolling performance of music and dance, with the wide range of musicians and dancers together creating a fusion of different traditions, vibes and sounds.

Also featuring interactive arts, short presentations, film, diverse foods for sale, and much more. Drop in anytime between 6pm-11pm. FREE, but please do pre-booka ticket if you’re coming – to help us plan. And please bring a drink to share.

Planet Leeds is a T4P-led project, supporting and promoting diverse music and performance around Leeds; many thanks to arts@leeds for their financial support, and to our supporting partners – including Leeds City of Sanctuary and Stronger Leeds.

This event is organised in partnership with Equality Leeds (coordinators of Leeds Black History Month) and Rubys Humming Bird PR.

Finally, zero pressure, but if you wish to make a donation to Planet Leeds (run on an absolute shoestring budget), you can donate on the night. Thanks!

This event is at Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Leeds LS1 4ND
Do you have questions about Planet Leeds present the Leeds Black History Month launch party?   Contact Together for Peace (
Poetry event at Leeds Met University on Friday 18th October

Kei Miller, pioneering Jamaican poet, novelist and essayist, will be with us to celebrate Black History Month at Leeds Met. Kei will be answering questions about his life and work as well as reading from his latest collection of poetry ‘A Light Song of Light’, described by renowned Jamaican writer Olive Senior as ‘some of the most exciting poetry I’ve read in years…An extraordinary new voice singing with clarity and grace’.

Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At Leeds Metropolitan University, Rose Bowl, Room 437
This event is free and open to all. Please book a free ticket via eventbright.

There is another cultural event on Saturday 19th October:

A celebration of black historyculture and heritagein Leeds with fusions of our diverse cultures. A fun-filled event of dance, storytelling, spoken word, Hip Hop and beatboxing and special guests including Inder Goldfinger, Lamin Jassey and the Lord Mayor.

An event for the whole family, guaranteed to be fun, entertaining and you’ll be sure to learn something new about the city you thought you knew. Expect the unexpected…

On: Saturday, 19 October 2013 from 14:00 to 16:30 at the Leeds City Museum.  For more information on this event please contact: Saphra (Equality Leeds) on 0113 2438421 or Taj (Leeds City Council) on 0113 2474728


Two Book Launches: Remembering Radical Caribbean Politics and Footprint – Poetry, on 24th October 6.30pm-8.30pm

At Leeds Metropolitan University, The Rose Bowl Campus, Room 437, Lecture theatre B

Veteran socialist educationalist and anti-racist activist Chris Searle will be at Leeds Met discussing and reading from Footprints, his new edited collection of the early pioneering Black-British poetry of the Barbadian Peter Blackman (1909-93).

Leeds Met Historian Christian Høgsbjerg will reveal the long-lost anti-imperialist play written by the Trinidadian C.L.R. James (1901-89) Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History.  Toussaint Louverture was the heroic leader of the Haitian Revolution who Blackman also paid tribute to in his poetry.  James’s play, newly edited by Christian Høgsbjerg, was last performed in London in 1936 with the American star of the stage and screen Paul Robeson in the title role, the first time black professional actors appeared on the British stage in a play by a black playwright. 

 This event is free and open to all. No Booking necessary.


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