Gospel Brunch At Cottons Every Sunday

September 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The UK’s premier gospel choir and the UK’s finest Caribbean restaurant have teamed up to bring you the CK Gospel Brunch @ Cottons, 70 exmouth market, London EC1. For just £20, you get an all you can eat hot food buffet of classic Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken, curry goat, salt fish etc as well as being entertained by the gospel and soul styling’s of CK Gospel Choir. With their great harmonies and energetic performances, they are the up and coming act in the UK and this is a great environment to see them in.

Sittings are from 1pm-3pm and from 3pm-5pm. To book a table in advance or for more information, please contact cottons on 020 7833 3332 or via e-mail on

Jerk Cook Out Festival 2008

August 7, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

Hornimans Museum has for the past two years had a Jerk Cookout Festival in their gardens which is highly popular with all members of the community. 15 of London’s Caribbean restaurants compete to delight you with their food, and in addition you can enjoy live music, see and buy arts and crafts and generally have a fun day out for the family.

This year’s Jerk Cookout Festival in Association with Fairweather Productions will be on Sun 17 Aug from 1-6pm.

“Mek Mi Laugh” Get Up Stand Up

October 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

flyer-for-mek-mi-laugh-061007-front.jpg“Mek Mi Laugh” Get Up Stand Up a Black History Month Comedy Special on Saturday 6th October 2007 @ The Harrow Arts Centre – Harrow

Da Comedy Room brings to you another round of it’s every popular comedy brand called “Mek Mi Laugh” on Saturday 6th October 2007 at the Harrow Arts Centre, this is a stand up comedy show suitable for person of 16 years and over. It will be featuring comedy from Five of UK Finest Comics featuring Curtis “The Don” Walker, Roger Dee, Janet Williams, Glenda Jaxson and your host will be the Naughty but Nice Special P.

On the night you will witness comedy in its highest form encompassing wit, humour and a belly full of laughter. Remember there is no better way to be spending Black History Month in Harrow but with Da Comedy Room.

Event/Date: “Mek Mi Laugh” on Saturday 6th October 2007 at The Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middx, HA5 (Next door to Morrison Superstore) Doors open at 7.15pm Show Time 8 pm. Tickets £11.50 Students with NSU Card £8.00 more on the door, Box Office: 020 8416 8989, Group tickets 07985 212145 Online Bookings: This comedy show is suitable for person 16 years and over. For further details or pictures contact The Press Office: 07985 212145.

African Writers Evening

June 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

In collaboration with the Word From Africa Festival, three writers are featured – two (a poet and a debut novelist) from Nigeria and one from Kenya. As a quick follow on from last months event which covered South and East Africa, this means that we have not covered North Africa recently and we will
endeavour to put on a North African writer for the July event. June’s event will be hosted by Ghanaian writer, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, whose poem Tin Roof has been unveiled as one of the six chosen for the Poems on the Underground initiative to represent African poetry. Join us to experience a fabulous night of African writing. Read more

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

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]

Writing The Wrongs – 50 Years of Black British Publishing

February 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Eric and Jessica Huntley (founders of Bogle L’Ouverture Publications and the Walter Rodney Book shop) will be holding their second annual conference to mark fifty years of Black radical publishing in the UK and to mark the depositing of their archive with the London Metropolitan Archives.

  • Saturday 17 February 2007, from 9.30-4.30pm
  • London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Speakers include:

Harry Goulbourne – Chair of the Huntley Archives Advisory Group * Colin Prescod – Chair of the Institute of Race Relations * Eric Huntley – Bogle L’Ouverture Publications * Arif Ali – Hansib Publications * Sarah White – New Beacon Books * Margaret Busby – Writer and broadcaster * Vastiana Belfon – Brown Skin Books * Becky Ayebia Clarke – Ayebia Clarke Publishing and Literary Agency * Kadija George – Founder/publisher Sable LitMag * Patrick Vernon – Publisher * Verna Wilkins – Tamarind Books * Grace Akuba * Anne Johnson

This event is free but booking is essential, phone 020 7332 3820, or email: Events listing is provided for information only.

Uncomfortable Truths

January 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The shadow of slave trading on contemporary art & design

Anissa-Jane, 'Lucy' from the larger work 'The Spirit of Lucy Negro', 2004. © Anissa-JaneAn exhibition addressing the ways in which contemporary art and design is informed by the legacy of slavery takes place at the V&A Museum from 20 February – 17 June 2007. Admission is Free to Uncomfortable Truths, where a series of works by African, American and European artists will be displayed throughout the museum’s public spaces.

Featured artists from Britain (Anissa-Jane, Lubaina Himid, Keith Piper and Yinka Shonibare), Africa (El Anatsui, Tapfuma Gutsa, Romuald Hazoumé and Julien Sinzogan), the United States (Michael Paul Britto and Fred Wilson) and Europe (Christine Meisner).

A two-day interdisciplinary conference ‘From Cane Field to Tea Cup: The Impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on Art and Design’ will be taking place on 24 and 25 February 2007.

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