North London Events

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

Wednesday October 8


'Film: Confusion Na Wa, followed by a Q&A with the Writer Tom Rowland-Rees'


WHERE: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICE£7.50 online, £9.50 at box office


'Acclaimed as Africa’s hottest movie. Award-winning Confusion Na Wa is a Nigerian dark comedy drama, directed by Kenneth Gyang. The title of the film was inspired by the lyrics of the late Afrobeat singer, Fela Kuti’s song Confusion. Set in a Nigerian city Confusion Na Wa is about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist wasters Charles and Chichi who, having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka. Little do they realize that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to their own downfall. Confusion Na Wa was winner of the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards. Booking: or 020 7520 1490'



Thursday October 9


'Film: The Stuart Hall Project followed by Q&A with Tony Warner'


WHERE: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP    WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Revolution, politics, culture and the New Left experience - this absorbing highly-acclaimed documentary presents an intimate portrait of Stuart Hall, one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of our time.  Jamaican-born, Stuart Hall emigrated to the UK in 1951 to take up a place at Oxford University, and became a founding figure of cultural studies with a resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life.  Comprising archive footage of Hall’s appearances on radio and television set against a soundtrack by Miles Davies, Hall’s favourite musician, the film explores memory, race and identity tracing events from Hall’s life and the wider social and political upheavals of the late 20th century. Q&A with Historian and Activist Tony Warner, founder of Black History Walks.'


'Hornsey Film night  Abouna “Our Father”'


WHERE: Hornsey Library, Haringey Park, London, N8 9JA    WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICEFREE


'(2002)  PG Rating. French with English Subtitles

Set in Director Mahamat-Saleh Harouns’ native Chad, this film tells the story of the lives of two brothers aged 8 & 15 who undertake a momentous journey to fill the void left by their fathers absence after he leaves the family. They go in search of him, and find only trouble. Score by Malian Ali Farka Toure.'


'Daniel-Sidney Bechet presents: Sidney Bechet my father'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD    WHEN: 2PM - 3:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'"Memories from the World of Jazz" Book Launch with Daniel-Sidney Bechet.'


'An Audience with Ewan Denny – Entrepreneur (Business and Marketing Specialist)'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD    WHEN: 5PM - 7:30PM |   PRICEFREE


'Ewan Denny is an acclaimed businessman and marketing expert.  Ewan runs his own business and marketing agency and he helps companies to develop their brand, grow their business, and make more money through the use of effective marketing and PR strategies. Ewan will give a personal account of his journey, his highs and lows, triumphs and disasters in an open, witty, and informative way.'


Saturday October 11


'Film: Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution, followed by Q&A'


WHERE: Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP   |  WHEN: 6:30PM - 9:30PM  |   PRICE£9


'In October 1983, Ronald Reagan sent 8,000 members of the US Armed Forces to invade Grenada, an island with a population of just over 100,000 people, in an operation he named ‘American Fury’; an operation he had been planning ever since the Grenadan revolution of 1979 had displaced the US-anointed tyrannical Prime Minister, Eric Gairy. The US invasion of Grenada, criticised as a ‘flagrant violation of international law’ by the UN and international community, put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics.

This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time. Time: 6:30pm to 9.30pm.'


Wednesday October 15


'The Killing of Blair Peach, Anti-Racist Protest, Police Racism and Brutality with David Renton and Tony Warner'


WHERE: Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX   WHEN: 7PM  |   PRICE£3


'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. Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase.' 


'Film Showing: The Story of Lovers Rock' 


WHERE: Alexandra Park Library, Alexandra Park Road, Wood Green, London,  N22 7UJ   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICE: FREE


'The Story of Lovers Rock feature length documentary that tells the story of a genre of reggae. Assistant director Anthony Ferguson will show the film and there will be a discussion, Q&A afterwards.' 


'A tribute to Maya Angelou with the Haringey U3A'


WHERE: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15 4JA   WHEN: 2PM - 3PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Join Haringey U3A for a tribute to Maya Angelou with guest Poet Abe Gibson.' 


Thursday October 16

'An Audience with Marc Hare – International Menswear Entrepreneur'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 5PM - 7:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Mr Hare is an English shoe label created by Marc Hare.  It has a boutique in London’s Mayfair and a second shop opening in Notting Hill.  Stockists include Liberty, Colette, Dover Street Market, Matches Fashion and Mr Porter.  The Guardian recently reported “Mr Hare is quietly becoming one of the most important names in British menswear.”'


'Zanzibar the Last Slave Market: A presentation by Avril Nanton'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 7PM - 8:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'In the 19th century John Kirk arrived in Africa alongside Dr Livingstone, and together they attempted to chart the Zambezi river. The voyage was a disaster. Kirk returned to the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania), the port at the centre of the slave trade. There, as acting consul, he observed the horrors of trafficking and was determined to put an end to it. Avril Nanton will be presenting the story of this forgotten Victorian Scotsman who fought for the end of slavery.'


'Film Screening: ‘John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk’'


WHEREMarcus Garvey Library,Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15 4JA   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE


'John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk (1996) This renowned documentary, narrated by Wesley Snipes, chronicles the life and times of the noted African-American historian, scholar and Pan-African activist John Henrik Clarke (1915-1998). Both a biography of Clarke himself and an overview of 5,000 years of African history, the film offers a provocative look at the past through the eyes of a leading proponent of an Afro centric view of history. From ancient Egypt and Africa's other great empires, Clarke moves through Mediterranean borrowings, the African Holocaust, European colonisation, the development of the Pan-African movement and present day African-American history.'


Friday October 17

'A Celebration of Black Entrepreneurship'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 2PM - 7PM  |   PRICEFREE


'This Business event is a celebration of present entrepreneurs while inspiring future entrepreneurs.  An opportunity for people to pitch their ideas or business and a chance to listen to some amazing entrepreneurs in their own right in the community.'


Saturday October 18


'400 Years of African Women Resistance Leaders' 


WHEREVoluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP   WHEN: 6:30PM - 9:30PM  |   PRICE: £3 (accepted on the day)


'African female soldiers played a crucial part in the armed resistance to racism in Southern Africa but their stories were forgotten once the wars were over. We will cover 400 years of such international female resisters who used pistols, pens and placards.  We present visual and biographical details of black women from the UK and around the world who have resisted colonialism and racism.  Women do not get the historical credit they deserve and quite often there is a focus on African Americans to the exclusion of local heroes. This event will give the audience video and documentary evidence of the who, what and why of 30 female fighters who used any means necessary to fight for equality in modern Britain. Bring notepad and pen and be on time. Women include: Dora Akunyili, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Olive Morris, Anne Cools, Edna Ismail, Althea Gibson, Mavis Best, Fawzia Hashim, Dr. Beryl Gilroy, Leyla Hussein, Gerlin Bean, Althea Lecointe, Stella Dadzie, Dr. Patrica Bath, Professor Elizabeth Anionwu and 20 others.'




'Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health in the Black Community'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 2PM - 4PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Join Nena Ubani for a talk exploring barriers to overcoming mental health issues, particularly in the black community.'


Sunday October 19


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 1PM - 3PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Nutritionist, writer and researcher Brenda Lee MSc talks about the facts on vitamin D and how and why information presented to GPs and the public keeps changing. Why Vitamin D deficiency is being acknowledged as the new disease amongst those of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage. Should we depend on supplementation or medication? Come along and find out.' 


Monday October 20


'African Explorers of the Ancient and Mediaeval Worlds'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 7PM - 8:30PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Book Launch and Lecture by Robin Walker on the evidence of the shipping voyages by the early Africans to explore the world. Evidence suggests that different groups of Africans got to the Americas before Columbus. East Africans made equally daring voyages to Java, the Far East & Australia.'


Tuesday October 21


'Break the Silence about Congo Week'


WHEREMarcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15 4JA   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Film screenings of: ‘Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth’  and ‘Assassination Colonial Style: Patrice Lumumba, an African Tragedy.’ Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth explores the role that the United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. Patrice Lumumba: Over 50 years ago Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, was assassinated as part of Belgian and US plots only 10 weeks after he took power. The event has been described as 'the most important assassination of the 20th century.''


Wednesday October 22


Film Screening: “The Help”


WHEREStroud Green & Harringay Library, Quernmore Road,  London, N4 4QR   WHEN: 7:30PM - 9PM  |   PRICEFREE


'The Help is an inspiring courageous and empowering story about very different extraordinary women in the 1960s. Due to limited space we only have 30 tickets available. One per customer, on a first come, first served basis.'


Film Screening: 12yrs A Slave


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 6PM - 8PM  |   PRICEFREE


'Historical slave narrative that follows the experience of Solomon Northup, an African-American living with a wife and two children in Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, and transported by ship to New Orleans, where he was given a new name.'


Thursday October 23


'30th Anniversary Talk & Discussion: the opera The Kingdom'


WHEREHornsey Library, Haringey Park, London, N8 9JA   WHEN: 7PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Composer, Filmmaker & BFI member Robert Robertson marks the 30th anniversary of the first production of his avant-garde opera The Kingdom, based on Alejo Carpentiers’  book set at the time of Haitian Independence in 1804. Multi-media talk & discussion  about its making, exposing a relatively unknown part of Caribbean history.' 


'Film: Finding Fela, followed by Q&A on music and politics'


WHEREMildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N1 8NA   WHEN: 7PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world.  The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.'  Booking:


'Film Night: The Butler (2014, cert 12)'


WHERE: Highgate Library, 1 Shepherd's Hill, Highgate, London N6 5QJ   WHEN: 5PM - 7PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Historical drama, The Butler tells the story of Cecil Gaines 34 year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower, Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.'  Booking essential, call: 020 8489 8772.


Film Screening: ‘Apocalypse Africa: Made in America’


WHEREMarcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15 4JA   WHEN: 7PM - 9PM   |   PRICEFREE


'In Apocalypse Africa: Made In America, journalist Del Walters explores secret recordings, classified films and other archival evidence that suggests the United States' involvement in the downfall of Africa, including the genocides wars in Darfur, Uganda and Rwanda. Through top-secret data, hidden documents and other sources obtained from government archives, the film reveals links between the destruction of Africa and those who influence American foreign policy.  A discussion will follow the film.'


'Book launch: Black Scientists Inventors in the UK- millennium of inventions and innovators'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 7PM - 8:30PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Michael Williams, author of international best selling Black Scientists and Inventors book series, and author Sam Amalemba, author of Becoming, dispels the myth that people of African descent are new to the UK, instead through their new publication show that black people in the UK have been inventing and innovating products, systems and ideas and generally contributing to the British landscape for Milleniums. This is a presentation not to be missed plus pick up a copy of this new exciting publication.' 


'An Audience with Audie Cummings – Entrepreneur, Pastor, Public Speaker'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD   WHEN: 5PM - 7:30PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Audie Cummings first started his own mini-enterprise in Tottenham, quickly expanding to four studios within seven years.  Audie was also honoured by MPs such as Paul Boateng and visited by the late Bernie Grant, David Lammy and Prince Charles.  Audie has consulted with a wide range of blue chip companies such as Virgin Atlantic Business Lounge.'


Wednesday October 29


'Who was Henry Muoria? With Peter Muoria Mwaniki'


WHERE: Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX  WHEN: 7PM   |   PRICE£3


'Booking: just turn up, spaces limited early arrival recommended Kenyan political thinker, writer, activist published pamphlets and newspapers that contributed and influenced the anti-colonial struggle in Kenya in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Muoria spent much of his later life living in Islington, as his life became increasingly under threat in the ferment of the oppressive regime at home. Henry’s son Peter coauthor of book Writing for Kenya: the Life and Works of Henry Muoria, will share the family and political life and legacy of his courageous father. Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase.'  


'Evening talk:  Black Poppies'


WHEREBruce Castle Museum , Lordship Lane , London, N17 8NU   WHEN: Doors open at 7PM, begins 7:30PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Community historian and author of many successful black British history books, Stephen Bourne shares memories of his adopted Aunt Esther, a black Londoner born before WW1. His latest book Black Poppies - Britain's Black Community and the Great War (The History Press, 2014) `explores the military and civilian wartime experience of black Britons, from the trenches to the music halls. Doors open at 7pm for refreshment. Supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.'


Film Screening: “12yrs A Slave”


WHERE: Muswell Hill Library, Queens Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10 3PE   WHEN: 7:30PM - 9PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Award-winning historical slave-narrative drama directed by Steve McQueen. Due to limited space we only have 25 tickets available. One per customer, on a first come, first served basis.'


Thursday October 30


'The Head Wrap Project'


WHERE: Coombes Croft Library, Tottenham High Road, London, N17 8AG   WHEN: 12:30PM - 2PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Celebrates the origin and meanings of the vibrant cloths used by men and women of African and Caribbean descent. Learn how to tie a head wrap, explore the traditions of head wrapping from it’s early beginnings , it’s practical use, to it’s function in modern day use in fashion  and design and share ideas and stories.'


'Presentation of: The History & Legacy of African Enslavement'


WHERE: Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, N15 4JA  WHEN: 7PM - 9PM   |   PRICEFREE


'The Enslavement of African People and its accompanying violence and destruction were one of the catastrophic events in the history of humankind. This presentation will uncover the history and legacy of the enslavement of African people through our Maangamizi. The word "Maangamizi" is a Swahili term which speaks to the intentionality of the African holocaust of chattel, colonial and neo-colonial enslavement. We will examine the African abolition struggles and resistance movements, and the legacy of the enslavement period on Africa and the Diaspora.'


'St Ann’s Library Book Club' 


WHERESt Ann's Library, Cissbury Road, Tottenham, London, N15 5PU  WHEN: 6PM - 7PM   |   PRICEFREE


'This month we will be reading and discussing “The Black Jacobins” by C.L.R. James. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, The slaves’ struggle produced heroic leaders, especially Toussaint L’Ouverture. He and his revolutionary army of self-emancipated slaves defeated the three great empires of the eighteenth century—Spain, England, and France—and finally won independence after a decade of struggle in 1804.'


'An Audience with Clare Eluka – Ethical Beauty Entrepreneur, Educator'


WHEREWood Green Library 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XD  WHEN: 5PM - 7:30PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Also featuring Sango Nghembe’s Photography Exhibition: Unknown Famous Faces – Haringey’s African and Caribbean entrepreneurs.


Clare Eluka is a multi-award winning ethical beauty entrepreneur, alchemist and qualified allergy practitioner.  A pioneer in the international beauty and wellbeing industry, Clare is the brains behind Premae Skincare, the world’s first allergen free beauty brand.  Clare was nominated for nine awards in 2012, with four wins and has been featured in The Sunday Times under 35 women in business list.  Host interviewer: James Buzz AKA Buzzin Bee (SLR Radio) Business Lounge.'


Friday October 31


'Stroud Green and Harringay Library Reading Group'


WHERE: Stroud Green & Harringay Library, Quernmore Road,  London, N4 4QR  WHEN: 5:30PM - 6:30PM   |   PRICEFREE


'Come and join the first meeting of our library’s reading group and mark the end of Black History Month! We will be discussing “In My Father's House” by Ernest J. Gaines.A number of copies will be available  for loan at our library.'