Celebrating Black History Month: Family Open Day at Brighton Dome

20 Oct 2017

We had a wonderful time hosting the celebration of African Caribbean arts and culture at the Black History Month Family Day.

Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy this special event and to those who contributed their time and energy. We remember some of our favourite moments with this photo gallery...

Black History Month Family Open Day 2017

Maracatu opened the celebrations with Brazillian dancing and drumming, complete with colourful, fabulous costumes and infectious energy (above), while Sita from Bandbazi (below) helped participants young and old trying their hand at some circus skills

Local artist Phati Mnguni was on hand to lead workshops in flour Batik, and painting cards and masks

The Hindu Women’s Group, Brighton & Hove, popped over from the Diwali celebrations over at Brighton Museum to lead a Bollywood dance session for everyone to enjoy - including Noelle and Linda, enthusiastically representing Brighton Dome staff

Black History Month Family Open Day 2017

There was delicious Ethiopian and Senegalese cuisine to try courtesy of Abyssinia and Café Baobab

Guests Joe Ifill-Hosier, Sunny Choudhury and Chandrakant Mehta get in the spirit at the Sussex Police stand, whilst DJ Tony Kalume kept everyone moving and grooving with a wonderful, varied set of music from the African diaspora

The the beautiful blanket created for Dani Ahrens' (Rebel Yarns) Brighton Welcome Blanket project was on display (above), raising awareness for the local group Thousand 4 1000 who are taking practical action to tackle the problem of enforced homelessness of forced migrants

We can safely say a wonderful time was had by all, including the movers and shakers within Brighton And Hove's Black History community (above left to right), Ebou Touray, musicians Manelo and Saidi, Bert Williams MBE and DJ Tony Kalume.

See you next year!