What’s happening in Manchester for Black History Month 2022

Theatrical productions, art exhibitions, film screenings and discussions on current issues are just some of the activities happening across the city.

<p>Black History Month is running a number of events, including an exhibition of Venessa Scott’s work at HOME. Photo: Shirlaine Forrest/Venessa Scott</p>
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Black History Month is running a number of events, including an exhibition of Venessa Scott’s work at HOME. Photo: Shirlaine Forrest/Venessa Scott

The annual month-long event celebrates black people, cultures and achievements in this country and around the world.

The theme for 2022 is Time for Change: Actions, not words, which means working to address racism, restore black history, and ensure that black people, their pasts, and their stories are included and represented throughout the year.

Here are some of what’s happening in Manchester in honor of this year’s Black History Month.

Grandpa Anansi

Hulme cultural organisation Z-arts is hosting the premiere of Grandad Anansi, a children’s play by emerging Salford author Elayne Ogbeta.

Aimed at audiences aged 4 to 9, this work celebrates inter-generational love, Jamaican culture and the experiences of the Windrush generation.

Grandad Anansi will premiere on Z-arts and then tour the UK.Photo: Z-Art

It features Abi and her beloved grandpa as they tell each other’s stories while enjoying half-term together on his assignment. They work among the flowers and plants, playing games and singing songs. But did Abby’s grandpa hide a big secret from her?

Grandad Anansi will be co-produced by Z-arts and Half Moon Theatre from September 29 to October 1, before touring across the UK throughout Black History Month.


Contact is producing a new show Halo on the extraordinary-looking ‘Curious Castle’ on Oxford Road, Manchester, in honour of Black History Month.

Keisha Thompson sits in the director’s chair for the first time since becoming the art center’s owner, and the production features Contact Young’s up-and-coming talent.

Halo to perform at Contact in October

Halo is inspired by the Halo Code, a movement signed by schools and businesses that promises members of the black community “the freedom and safety to wear all African hairstyles without restriction or judgment.”

It explores young people’s personal experiences with hair at school and in the workplace, and features songs and movements inspired by code.

It’s on Contact from October 24-26, and you can learn more or get your tickets on the Contact website.

Black Angel’s 25th Anniversary

A new theatrical production isn’t the only event that contacts are taking place during Black History Month.

On October 8th, Pioneer Club Night, Black Angel returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Black Angels co-founder Claude Cunningham

Black Angel provides a safe space for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women of color and their allies to express themselves and enjoy the night, which also helps increase representation, diversity and Reputation.

A series of activities at HOME

As one of the largest cultural centers in the city, HOME will be hosting a suite of events throughout October in honor of Black History Month.

Black stand-up comedians including Tez Ilyas and Dane Baptiste will take centre stage on October 8, and Manchester’s Melanin Market will host craft lovers and market stall-goers on October 9.

There is a plethora of films and cinematic events celebrating Black British talent on both sides of the camera, while visual arts lovers can admire illustrator Danielle Rhoda’s window commission ‘City of Colours’ and explore the colourful in Venessa Scott’s first solo exhibition at HOME. work.

There are also conversations with black creatives and an online storytelling event for families called When Animals Can Talk by Ruth Awolola.

Find out more on the HOME website, including the full show being broadcast.

We are carnival!

It features two workshops with renowned black history educator and researcher Linford Sweeney that will delve into Carnival’s long and complex history of colonialism, resistance and emancipation from slavery and freedom.

Manchester Caribbean Carnival celebrates 50 years this year

Then on October 27th, it will host We Are Carnival! Hosted by Kemoy Walker, the party features archival footage from the carnival, films from the Northwest Film Archive, home art workshops by local artist Tina Ramos Ekongo, spoken word performances by Young Identity and Caribbean cuisine at Buzzrocks Caribbean restaurant.

Guilt of Association: Race, Culture, and Criminalization

Earlier this year, 10 teenagers and young men from Manchester were jailed in a trial and sentencing for conspiracy-related offences, sparking angry allegations of racism.

During Black History Month, a recent study found that controversial topics like conspiracy and syndication, which continue to disproportionately affect young black men, are taking center stage at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

The mixed event will take place on 10 October from 2.30pm to 4pm with speakers including Professor Eithne Quinn, who studies rap music and law at the University of Manchester, University Vice-Chancellor Nazir Afzal and Kids of Colour founder Roxy Legane.

You can register to buy tickets here.

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