Black History Month Mix and Match Event

April 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you want to find out more about or take part in Black History Month within Kensington and Chelsea? Do you have an idea for a project but nowhere to run it? Are you an organisation/individual with plenty of space but no one to run your project?

If so please come to the Black History Month Project Market!

This event is being held prior to Kensington and Chelsea’s next Arts Grants deadline in May to give everyone the chance to make a “match” at the event and have time to develop the project and make an application to the Arts Grants scheme.

Funding and marketing information will also be available and Arts Officers will be on hand to offer advice on funding applications, marketing deadlines and any other project issues.

The event will also feature short talks from Lorraine Gilbert, Chair of Race Equality Partnership Kensington and Chelsea and Janet Browne from Victoria and Albert Museum on the ‘Uncomfortable Truths’ exhibition.

Date: Friday 27 April 2007
Place: Tabernacle Arts Centre Powis Square London W11 2AY
Transport:Tube: Notting Hill. Bus: 52,452
Time: 14:00-17:00
Limited place available so please RSVP to reserve your place by contacting Janice
on 0207 361 3844 or email:

The horror of Slavery experienced first hand at Dark Heritage

April 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Dark HeritageDARK HERITAGE explores the horrors of 18th century slavery in a touring installation to mark the 2007 Bicentenary Of The Abolition Of The Slave Trade.

Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and have awarded grants to new not for profit arts company Bee Arts CIC for their Dark Heritage project, comprising The DARK, a sonic art installation, and newly created educational activities. HLF’s contribution will fund the creation, distribution and delivery of these participatory educational activities and Arts Council England’s contribution will fund the tour and distribution of these activities. Dark Heritage will travel to six locations in the UK starting in Greenwich in May and finishing in Bolton in December 2007 (see tour schedule below). Read more

The Ghosts of Songs: A Retrospective of the Black Audio Film Collective

April 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The first major touring exhibition of the seminal and multi-award winning media group, The Black Audio Film Collective is presented at Arnolfini this April.

Inaugurated in 1983 and dissolved in 1998, the seven – person Black Audio Film Collective is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential artist groups to emerge from Britain in recent years. Read more

African history should be taught in schools

April 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Independent Educational Coalition (NIEC), has launched an online petition aimed at promoting the introduction of African History to the National Curriculum. The petition will be presented to the DfES on the 30th April along with an official response by the NIEC, aimed at influencing the current Educational Review of the Curriculum being delivered in UK schools.

The NIEC represents parents, students, teachers, educationalists and consultants united on the concern of African and Caribbean underachievement in the UK. The organisation would like to see more cultural diversity included in the Curriculum.

To sign the petition visit to, You may also forward this article or the link to friends and colleagues

New Afro-Brazilian Documentary at British Museum

April 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Quilombo Films announces the screening of “Quilombo Country,” a new film about modern-day rural Afrobrazilian communities, at The British Museum’s Stevenson Lecture Theatre.

“Quilombo Country” is narrated by hip hop legend Chuck D, leader of the iconic band Public Enemy. The filmmaker, Leonard Abrams, will take questions directly following the screening.

Brazil, once the world’s largest slave colony, was a brutal and deadly place for millions of Africans. But many thousands escaped or rebelled, creating their own communities in Brazil’s untamed hinterland. Largely unknown to the outside world, today these communities, known as quilombos, struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.

“Quilombo Country” (“Quilombo” is an Angolan word meaning “encampment”) ranges from the Northeastern sugar-growing regions to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, raising issues of political identity, land rights, and racial and socioeconomic discrimination. Included are examples of the material culture that allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; as well as rare footage of syncretic Umbanda and Paje ceremonies; Tambor de Crioula, Carimbo and Boi Bumba drum and dance celebrations; and Festivals of the Mast.

For more information on “Quilombo Country,” go to
or call 212-260-7540. Email:


WHAT: London Screening of “Quilombo Country”
WHEN: Friday, April 13th, 6:30 pm [18:30]
WHERE: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
PLUS: Q&A with director Leonard Abrams. Admission: £3, concessions £2.
Length: 73 minutes
CONTACT: Leonard Abrams at 212-260-7540 [USA]