East London Events

Here's our pick of events taking place in East London this October to celebrate Black History Month...

Friday October 10


'Vitamin D and you!!'


WHERE: Dalston CLR James Library, Hackney, E8 3BQ   WHEN: 6:30PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Come along to this fascinating talk to learn about vitamin D deficiency which is being acknowledged as the new disease amongst those of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage. If you are worried about this come and find out about the latest research and learn what you could do to improve your vitamin D level from Brenda Lee, a wholistic nutritionist and medical researcher.'



Saturday October 11


'Abolitionists in Stoke Newington'


WHERE: Meet at Clissold House, Clissold Park, N16 9HJ    WHEN: 11AM - 12:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Hackney has enjoyed a reputation for radicalism and dissent. Some of the great figures of the abolition movement including James Stephen and William Allen called Hackney home. Join us for a stroll down Stoke Newington Church Street to find out more about the abolitionist movement and the role the borough played. To book visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/clissold-park-get-involved.'


'African and Caribbean story time with music'


WHERE: Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street   WHEN: 2PM - 3PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Children will enjoy wonderful tales from Africa and the Caribbean. They’ll get to bang, shake and rattle an assortment of traditional instruments and generally make some noise. Fruits inspired by the stories will also be on offer. No booking required.'


'Sidney Bechet, my father,with Daniel-Sidney Bechet'


WHERE: Dalston CLR James Library, Hackney, E8 3BQ   WHEN: 2PM - 4PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Join Daniel-Sidney Bechet to hear him talk about his late father, Sidney Bechet, and his memories of growing up with a famous father. Sidney Bechet ranks among the greatest of the early masters of jazz, up there with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. He is acknowledged as the greatest ever player of the soprano saxophone. He visited England in 1919 and played before King George V and Queen Mary. From 1949 until his death in 1959 he lived in France where he is still revered. Some of his compositions such as ‘Petite Fleur’ are jazz classics.'


Tuesday October 21


'Beautifying the Body'


WHERE: Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ   WHEN: 6:30PM - 8PM |   PRICEFREE


'Body adornment has enormous significance in Africa. The quest for beautification is central to African cultures from the time of the ancient Egyptians up to the present. Come and listen to Christelle Kedi talk about her book, ‘Beautifying the Body in Ancient Africa and Today.’ Her book looks at the history of adornment and its practical application today in Africa and among black people worldwide. No booking required.' 


Thursday October 23


'A celebration of the life of Maya Angelou'


WHERE: Dalston CLR James Library, Hackney, E8 3BQ   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE


'The inspirational Maya Angelou sadly passed away in May. She was an award winning poet, novelist and civil rights campaigner. Among her most famous works are the autobiographical ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ which she recited at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Join Black and Ethnic Minority Network’s (BEMA), Ngoma Bishop in honouring her memory. Light refreshments will be provided. No booking required' 


'Charleston workshop'


WHERE: Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JS   WHEN: 7:30PM - 8:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Join Jerome for this fun workshop which will run through some basic Charleston moves such as the ‘Black Bottom’ and

‘Granny’s Kneecaps’. The Charleston developed within the Black communities in the USA. It became a popular dance craze internationally in the 1920s and is often associated with the prohibition era when it was considered to be quite provocative. You do not need a partner to attend, just bring your dancing shoes!'


Tuesday October 28


'Songs, words and drums' 


WHEREShoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE

'Join The House of Amau for an evening  of stories and traditional folk songs from Africa and the Caribbean told by excellent griots - West African storytellers and poets who are a repository of oral tradition. Light refreshments will be provided.'


Thursday October 30


'A Tree Without Roots: Talk and  workshop with Paul Crooks'


WHERE: Hackney Archives, Dalston CLR James Library, Hackney, E8 3BQ   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Come along and listen to Paul Crooks talk  about his book ‘A Tree Without Roots’ detailing how he managed to trace his family tree back to his Great Great Great Grandmother Ami Djaba who was living in 1777 at Krobo Mountain in Ghana. Paul will then give guidance on how to start tracing your own family tree.' Booking required.