Black History Family Day Fun
Past Event

Black History Family Day

Thu 22 Aug 2019

Don’t miss Black History’s annual celebration of African and Caribbean culture and heritage. 

Your whole family is invited to join the fun. Dance to the rhythms, listen to the stories, get creative, feast, express yourself. Celebrate!

Activities confirmed so far

Arts and Crafts

o Create beautiful patterns from coloured sand at our traditional sand painting table. All ages, drop in

o Instrument decorating and plant pot decorating. All ages, drop in


o Talks & workshops, including creative writing workshops. Listen to readings from contributors to Hidden Sussex, a new anthology about the Sussex experience from a Black and ethnic minority perspective

o Listen to the stories of West African heritage told by Jali Burama and Musa Mboob accompanied by the kora (African harp) and percussion. Drop in.

o Learn about Thomas Highflyer, the young African boy rescued from a slave ship and brought to live in Kemptown in 1868. Film by Judith Ricketts and a talk by Bert Williams and Suchi Chatterjee.

o Learn about the ancient history and purpose of Kangas (African cloth) and take part in a creative writing workshop exploring related themes.

Session led by Tony Kalume and Dr Jess Moriarty. For adults and older children.

Rhythms & beats

o Join master drummer Bucarr Ndow for our drop in West African drumming workshops. All ages, drop in.

o Local theatre group Banyan Tree will guide you through some classic songs from around the world at this vibrant singing workshop. Drop in, all ages.

o DJ Task will play the best beats from around the world all afternoon

o Ali Bangura will get you moving to the rhythms at a drop-in African dance class. All ages.

Celebrate in style

o Browse the clothes and jewellery stand, get your face painted or your hands hennaed and meet The Adoption Service, Sussex Police, Brighton University and more at this open-access showcase from local service providers.

o Head wrapping - choose from a wide range of beautiful African fabrics and have your head wrapped in the latest styles


o Come and taste the incredible flavours of East Africa, Sene-Gambia and the Caribbean at our pop up street food stalls.