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Past Event

Brighton & Hove Black History Month

Brighton & Hove Black History Month Family Day Celebration

Part of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s Africa Arts Festival.

A free all day, family celebration, taking place in Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum

Join in this annual all-day celebration of local arts and heritage.

With a multitude of children’s activities including face painting, an all- day crafts area and story-telling by Banyan Tree Theatre Group. Don't miss out on Diwali drop-in craft workshops from Strike a Light, who were involved in Dr Blighty during Brighton Festival 2016

Enjoy pop up singing and talks, a Zumba workshop & an opening ceremony drumming procession. Plus music from African Night Fever DJs & DJ Task.

Browse the market place with stalls selling exciting contemporary African crafts, from up-cycled fashion items to hand-made dolls, from jewellery to women and men’s clothing & shoes, and from rugs to chutneys.

Have your head wrapped in the latest styles, design and print and own your own tote bag, then learn to dance Azonto - and of course, don’t leave without tasting something delicious from the food stalls from Africa and Asia.

We are very pleased to announce that award winning Afro-Guyanese writers, John Agard and Grace Nichols, will be joining us at the Black History Month family day celebrations this Sunday. Both writers will be reciting some of their amazing poetry and signing books from 2:00 - 3:00pm, in the Dome café-bar. Not to be missed!

Brought to you by the 'Celebrating Africans and Caribbeans in Sussex past and present' project.

To find out more about Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s Africa Arts Festival, including talks, film screenings and workshops, just click here.


All Day:

  • Music by African Night Fever & DJ Task
  • Delicious food stalls - Cummin' Up ( Jamaica); Abycina (Ethiopia); Curry Leaf Café (South India)
  • Makers Market handmade items including men and womens clothing, jewellery, gifts, childrens clothing, dolls, jams and chutneys and rugs & textiles (Café-bar)
  • Banyan Tree Craft Table (Café-bar)
  • Diwali themed craft activities from Nukhut (Café-bar)
  • Face Painting (Café-bar)
  • Resilient Arts Circus Workshops - juggling and hula hooping (Café-bar)


  • Join in the opening procession led by West African drummers Djembe Thunder (Leaving from Brighton Dome main entrance on Church Street around gardens to the Museum)


  • Fashion Cities Africa Family Talk - Kids come and get dressed up! (Fashion Cities Africa Gallery)


  • Banyan Tree Pop-Up singing in the museum


  • "The Dressing of the African Asset" - a talk by writer Ronnie Williams (Fashion Cities Africa Gallery)


  • Banyan Tree Kids Storytelling (Café-bar)

From 1pm

  • Head wrapping by Lorna Imanyin- Walk away with your head wrapped in the latest style (Café-bar & Museum)

1pm - 3.30pm

  • Afro Retro Print Making Workshop - learn printmaking on a tote bag which you get to keep. (Musuem Art Room)


  • Aso-Ebi (Family/Group outfits) and well-being in Yoruba culture - A talk by Tim Ojo (Fashion Cities Africa Gallery)


  • Banyan Tree Kids Storytelling (Musuem Lab)
  • Poetry reading from Grace Nichols and John Agard (Café-bar)


  • Fashion Cities Africa Family Talk - Kids come and get dressed up! (Fashion Cities Africa Gallery)


  • Banyan Tree Pop-Up singing (Café-bar)


  • "Thomas Highflier"- a talk by Bert Williams MBE (Foyer Corridor)
  • "African Sewing Club" - a talk by Viv Mugunga - founder of rYico & African Sewing Club (Fashion Cities Africa Gallery)
  • Banyan Tree Azonto - family dance workshop (Education Pavilion)


  • Zumba with Katrina (Foyer)


  • Close

Sun 30 Oct, 10am - 5pm
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