What's on at Brighton & Hove Black History Family Day

19 Nov 2018

This weekend we welcome the return of Black History’s family day, an annual celebration of cultures and heritage. With a jam-packed schedule of family activities, from dancing, to drumming, listening to stories, getting creative and feasting. 

Here’s a quick round-up of what’s happening…

The day begins with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring the incredible Maractau Cruzeiro do Sul from Brazil. 

There's plenty of children’s activities including face painting, you can also get creative with the family, with all-day arts & crafts workshops. Have a go at sand painting & puppet making, design a flag and more. 

Learn about the experiences of the Labour Corps during the First World War in an interactive, hands-on puppet making workshop with Strike-a-Light Arts and Heritage community group. The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort. The Labour Corps was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Create memories, with a pop-up fashion shoot – inspired by the Brighton Museum’s Framing Fashion display of studio photography. Grab some props and have your photo taken by photographer, Leslie Marem. Take away a polaroid or get snapped on your own camera!

Enjoy the best beats from around the world, with DJ Tusk. Or get the rhythm going, at a drumming workshop with Gambian master drummer, Bucarr Ndow. Or, learn the latest West African moves at Palaye Seck’s dance workshop. Banyan Tree Theatre Group brings you, Real-I-Sing an uplifting participatory singing workshop for emotional well being.

Choose from a wide range of African fabrics and have your head wrapped by Lorna in the latest styles.

World Art Curators will be discussing Brighton Museum’s exhibition, Framing Fashion at 12.30pm at the Prints and Drawings gallery. This display of photographs by iconic African and European photographers offers a snapshot of African and African diaspora style spanning the last 60 years. 

Writing Our Legacy, a programme that seeks to capture individual’s stories about their experiences in Sussex will be conducting a creative workshop for those who want to try out creative writing. The workshop will be run by Farah Edwards Khan, and will give you the opportunity to get imaginative and write your own Sussex-inspired story.Find out more information and book tickets.

Learn about the life of the freed slave Thomas Highflyer, in a film and talk with Bert Williams and Suchi Chatterjee. 

Watch a contemporary African cooking demonstration by Lerato Foods. And, of course – don’t forget to visit Kitgum Kitchen to indulge in tastes from East Africa and Gujarat. Plus, traditional Caribbean cooking served by the Island Takeaway

Full programme information and timings for the day