6 Black History Month events you can attend in Surrey

October marks Black History Month, an opportunity to learn more about Black heritage and to understand its importance in everyday life.

While it’s important to reflect during this month, Black history exists outside of it and should be celebrated and respected throughout the year.

These events coming up in and around Guildford both reflect on the past and celebrate the present of Black culture through art, poetry, music and other mediums.

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Here’s a round-up of how you can celebrate Black History Month in the county. You can find more information about these events where most of them are listed on the official Black History Month website.

Surrey’s Black History

When: Wednesday October 20, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Address: Ward Street, Guildford, GU1 4LH

This session – operating both face to face and online – offers a valuable insight into Surrey’s pre-1948 Black history. Led by Curator and Heritage Consultant, S.I Martin, this evening presentation will travel through Surrey’s Black history, focusing on the lives of enslaved young runaways, domestic workers, entrepreneurs and more to demonstrate the impact they have had on the politics and culture of the county.

S.I Martin has published six books of historical fiction and non-fiction, and works closely with the education sector to bring diverse histories to a wider audience. This session will echo that sentiment, and highlight how Black history has played a part in the county.

Black is Black?

When: Tuesday October 26, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Address: The Guildford Institute – Online

For an opportunity to learn more about Black history through culture, this day course is ideal in tackling perception in its historical context. Face to face sessions are sold out, but online sessions via Zoom are still for sale with unlimited space.

The session will examine images of Black people from different cultures and question the purpose and meaning of its conception. This will be discussed in relation to their historical context versus how these images are perceived now.

Creative Courage Circle: Black History Month

When: Sunday October 10 at 6.30pm

Address: The Boileroom, 13 Stoke Fields, Guildford, GU1 4LS

This monthly session hosted by sound artist ERIKA offers a space for creatives to showcase their work, whether that be music, poetry or otherwise.

This month’s Black History Month Special will see creatives such as Natalie Lindi, RachelX, Chiedza Chikanza and DaddyMakesDoh joining the circle to showcase their work. Lindi’s music has been described as acoustic soul and borrows sounds from her South African roots, while Chizanka’s written work explores themes of race, nationality and the identity and experience of the British Other.

Tickets are £6, and the event is also available to view via livestream.

Who Cares?

When: Saturday October 23, 2.45pm and 7.45pm

Address: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX

This play looks at the central characters of Nicole, Jade and Connor, and how they balance life as young people and carers. While they act like other students at school, at home they face the reality of their situations, placing the spotlight on our failing social care system and the impact of austerity.

This multi-award winning play is adapted from real life testimonies, and tackles the prevalent social issues we are facing today.

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Stephen K. Amos

When: Thursday October 28 and Friday October 29 at 8.00pm

Address: G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA

Stephen K. Amos is a British stand-up comedian who has gained popularity through his multiple television appearances and stand-up performances. Amos looks at a range of topics in his work, from British culture, to current events and racism.

His two upcoming shows in Guildford have been described as ‘an hour of bridge-building laughter to welcome the new decade.’ That combined with Amos’ insightful talent makes this show one not to miss.

Sessions by Ifeyinwa Frederick

When: Saturday October 30 at 7.45pm

Address: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, GU1 3UX

This thoughtful play examines the complexity of masculinity, mental health and therapy through the central character of Tunde. Sessions offers an insight into the challenge of facing ones vulnerabilities in an at times funny yet sensitive way.

Ifeyinwa Frederick, who wrote Sessions, is an entrepreneur when not writing. She is co-founder of the world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant, and has been featured in Forbes’ list of 100 Women Founders in Europe.

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