Idea Store - Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

This October marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. Tower Hamlets has an amazingly diverse and jam-packed programme of events to mark this significant occasion. With over 100 different workshops, screenings, concerts, exhibitions, talks and more, there is something for everyone. Full details of all the events in Tower Hamlets can be found in the brochure here.

Black History Month Events in Idea Stores and libraries are listed below:
 


Highlights

Exhibition: Once, We Came to a New Home
Monday 2 – Tuesday 31 October
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Once, We Came to a New Home is an Oral History Archive project to preserve, celebrate and promote the history of migration and settlement of the Afro-Caribbean communities in White City, through the collection of images and audio files among the elderly Afro-Caribbean community living in the area.

Exhibition: A Necessary Fiction
Tuesday 3  – Saturday 20 January
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
A new exhibition by ceramics artist Basil Olton exploring the untold history of antiimperialist black social protest in inter-war London. The work is inspired by Chris Braithwaite, a former resident of Stepney and founder of the Colonial Seamen’s Association, who worked and organised in the East End during the 1930s.
For a full details of the exhibition and its events see A Necessary Fiction

Don't just live, live to be remembered: The Somali East End
Monday 2 – Monday 30 October
Idea Store Canary Wharf
An exhibition exploring the history of Somali migration to Tower Hamlets. Produced by Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, it tells the story of the Somali East End using the council’s archive collection.

Exhibition Launch: A Necessary Fiction
Thursday 5 October

6:00 – 7:30pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Artist Basil Olton will launch A Necessary Fiction, featuring new artwork inspired by local black revolutionary Chris Braithwaite. Refreshments provided. See here for more details and associated events.

Caribbean Family History Day
Saturday 7 October

10:30am – 4:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Get help researching your Caribbean ancestors and find out more about African and Caribbean heritage in London’s East End at this free family history event, run in partnership with the Tony Cheeseman Foundation (www.tonycfoundation.com). A variety of talks will take place throughout the day and visitors will have the chance to browse a number of stalls and displays. See the full programme. Just drop in, no booking required.

Print - A Celebration of African Design Inspired by Yinka Shonibare
Saturday 7 October and Saturday 14 October

2:00 – 4:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
Take a look at the exciting work of Yinka Shonibare and go on to produce some colourful prints on paper of your own. Identifying shapes used in African patterns and colour to recreate the vibrancy of African textiles you will print on paper using a variety of objects. Booking required.

Eventbrite - PRINT - A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN DESIGN  

Whose Voice Is It? [Adults]
Tuesday 10 October
6:00 – 9:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
Spread the Word, London’s writer development agency, presents an evening of discussion around diverse stories and who tells them. With a panel made up of figures from the publishing world, this evening will be a lively discussion around cultural appropriation and writing. Booking Required.

Eventbrite - WHOSE VOICE IS IT?  

Presentation: Once, We came to a New Home
Thursday 12 October 

7:00 – 8:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
This is a talk presenting some of the collected stories and images from the Afro-Caribbean Oral History Archive project as a means to reflect on past migration in England through individual experiences and stories. It invites reflection and insight into contemporary migration through the accounts of those that have lived it in the not-so-distant past.

Half-Term Sculpture Workshop
Tuesday 24 October

2:00 – 4:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Inspired by the exhibition A Necessary Fiction and themes of recorded and un-recorded family history and recollection, this creative workshop for families and children will utilise shape and form and the beauty of the fragment to create a 3D form using Modrock sculpting material.
For everyone -  Families and children (under 13)

Asylum Monologues
Tuesday 24 October

7:00 – 8:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
‘This waiting for the Home Office to decide… it is a diplomatic form of torture.’ ice&fire theatre explores human rights stories through performance. Its flagship script, Asylum Monologues, is a first-hand account of the UK asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it.
ice&fire Theatre Company in collaboration with Idea Store Whitechal

Tribal Inspired Beaded Jewellery
Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 October
1:00 – 3:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
Inspired by African tribal jewellery, you are invited to create your own contemporary beaded pieces. You are welcome to attend one session or all three. All materials will be supplied. Booking required.

Eventbrite - TRIBAL INSPIRED BEADED JEWELLERY

African and Caribbean Business Showcase
Wednesday 25 October

1:00 – 7:00
Idea Store Whitechapel
This is a chance for the African and Caribbean community to showcase their unique talents and skills, build links with the wider business community as well as give opportunities to the unemployed,returners to work and young people.

Ska and Reggae Music Workshop
Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 October

6:00 – 7:00pm Workshop
7.30 – 8.00pm Free Reggae Acoustic Guitar Lesson
Idea Store Whitechapel Lab 2
Gain an insight into the migration of a fictional female during the 1960s from Jamaica to London. Look into the world she left behind, the folk songs, the dialect and be part of the transition to the new life, with ska and reggae music from the era. Audience participation is welcomed. Bring your own acoustic guitar for a free lesson.
Booking required.

Eventbrite - SKA AND REGGAE MUSIC WORKSHOP

Half-Term Creative Workshop
Thursday 26 October

10:00am – 12:00pm
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
Inspired by text, texture and the transient meaning of images, this creative workshop for families will use mixed media and cutout shapes to create an A3 collage banner.
Part of the events programme for the A Necessary Fiction exhibition.
For families and children (under 13).

Radical Black Activism in the 1930s East End
Thursday 26 October

6:30 – 7:30
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
A talk from historian Dr Hakim Adi about Chris Braithwaite and other black radicals, trade unionists and communists active in the inter-war east end. Part of the events programme for the A Necessary
Fiction exhibition.

Hold Tight: How to read Grime Music
Saturday 28 October

11:00am – 1:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
With great humour and insight, author Jeffrey Boakye dissects grime tracks to see what the genre tells us about millennials, black masculinity and being a Londoner. Booking Essential,

Eventbrite - Hold Tight: How to Read Grime Music

Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin
Saturday 28 October

2:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg, authors of Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions (Pluto Press), will explore Louverture’s fascinating life through the prism of his radical politics, championing this ‘black Robespierre’ whose revolutionary legacy had inspired people and movements in the two centuries since his death. Booking required.

Eventbrite - Toussaint Louverture

Film Screening: Look how far we've come
Tuesday 31 October

6:30 – 8:30
Idea Store Chrisp Street
History consultant Kwaku uses the screening of his ‘Look How Far We’ve Come’ documentary to lead a discussion on African-British civil rights struggles. He explores how far society has come, or regressed, in engaging with racism within a post-Brexit Britain 52 years after the enactment of the first Race Relations Act. This is an inclusive event aimed at an intergenerational, multi-cultural audience.


Sunday 1 October

Art Club [ages 5-14]
2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Our regular Sunday art club for children will be taking inspiration from African art and design to create our own beautiful patterns and pictures.

Monday 2 October

African Themed Story Time [under 5s]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Idea Store Watney Market
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun and gain a new cultural experience with your family. Young children who are read to every day get on better and do well, in a wide range of subjects, when they get
to school.

Art Club [ages 5-14]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun gaining a new cultural experience with your family.

Tuesday 3 October

Prime Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
This is a chance for older residents to come together each week, meet new and familiar friends and chat with staff about new books. Throughout October, we will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of topics and,
this week, we focus on Motown music. Relax and enjoy the rapturous sounds of Motown.

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Sit back and relax as we read stories and poems together and enjoy a shared reading experience. Talk about the issues and topics raised over a cup of tea and biscuits. This October we are reading short stories from 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked
gardens, and a city where all the clocks have stopped.

Wednesday 4 October

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Thursday 5 October

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 4:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
Relax and enjoy the riveting 'The Woman Next Door' by Yewande Omotoso. Two widowed next-door neighbours in a South African suburb face their past, whilst firing insults at one another. The novel’s discussion of difficult topics such as racism, apartheid, grief and the past add a depth that a lesser novel would lack.

Friday 6 October

Homework Club
4:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Sunday 8 October

Art Club [ages 5-14]
2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Our regular Sunday art club for children will be taking inspiration from African art and design to create beautiful patterns and pictures.

Monday 9 October

African Themed Story Time [under 5s]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Idea Store Watney Market
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun and gain a new cultural experience with your family. Young children who are read to every day get on better and do well, in a wide range of subjects, when they get to school.

Art Club [ages 5-14]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun gaining a new cultural experience with your family.

Tuesday 10 October

Prime Time [Adults]
10:30 – 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
This is a chance for older residents to come together each week, meet new and familiar friends and chat with staff about new books. Throughout October we will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of topics, and
this week we focus on 'Through my Eyes', the story of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges.

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Sit back and relax as we read stories and poems together and enjoy a shared reading experience. Talk about the issues and topics raised over a cup of tea and biscuits. This October we are reading short stories from 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked
gardens, and a city where all the clocks have stopped.  

Book Group [Adults]
7:00 – 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Enjoy shared discussions in our monthly book group. Borrow the book from the Idea Store, read it, then come along to the session to discuss the topics raised! This October we are exploring 'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty, a Booker Prize-winning satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the
Supreme Court.

Wednesday 11 October

Book Break (Get into Reading) [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Thursday 12 October

Book Break [Adult]
2:30 – 4:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
Relax and enjoy the riveting The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Two widowed next-door neighbours in a South African suburb face their past whilst firing insults at one another. The novel’s discussion of difficult topics such as racism,apartheid, grief and the past add a depth that a lesser novel would lack.

Friday 13 October

Homework Club
4:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Sunday 15 October

Art Club [ages 5-14]
2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Our regular Sunday art club for children will be taking inspiration from African art and design to create beautiful patterns and pictures.

Monday 16 October

African Themed Story Time [under 5s]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Idea Store Watney Market
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun and gain a new cultural experience with your family. Young children who are read to every day get on better and do well, in a wide range of subjects, when they get
to school.

Art Club [ages 5-14]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun gaining a new cultural experience with your family.

Tuesday 17 October

Prime Time [Adults]
10:30 – 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
This is a chance for older residents to come together each week, meet new and familiar friends and chat with staff about new books. Throughout October we will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of topics and
this week, we focus on jazz and blues. Listen to some of the greatest musicians over a coffee.

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Sit back and relax as we read stories and poems together and enjoy a shared reading experience. Talk about the issues and topics raised over a cup of tea and biscuits. This October we are reading short stories from 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked
gardens, and a city where all the clocks have stopped.  

Wednesday 18 October

Book Break (Get into Reading) [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Thursday 19 October

Book Break [Adult]
2:30 – 4:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
Relax and enjoy the riveting The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Two widowed next-door neighbours in a South African suburb face their past whilst firing insults at one another. The novel’s discussion of difficult topics such as racism,apartheid, grief and the past add a depth that a lesser novel would lack.

Friday 20 October

Homework Club
4:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Sunday 22 October

Art Club [ages 0-14]
2:15 - 3:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Learn about Black History, its countries and cultures by making your own African/Caribbean flags. Which one will you make?

Art Club [ages 5-14]
2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Our regular Sunday art club for children will be taking inspiration from African art and design to create beautiful patterns and pictures.

Monday 23 October

African Themed Story Time [under 5s]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Idea Store Watney Market
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun and gain a new cultural experience with your family. Young children who are read to every day get on better and do well, in a wide range of subjects, when they get to school.

Art Club [ages 5-14]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun gaining a new cultural experience with your family.

Tuesday 24 October

Prime Time [Adults]
10:30 – 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
This is a chance for older residents to come together each week, meet new and familiar friends and chat with staff about new books. Throughout October we will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of topics and this week we focus on the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.

Tuesday 24 October

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Sit back and relax as we read stories and poems together and enjoy a shared reading experience. Talk about the issues and topics raised over a cup of tea and biscuits. This October we are reading short stories from 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, and a city where all the clocks have stopped.  

Wednesday 25 October

Book Break (Get into Reading) [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Thursday 26 October

Book Break [Adult]
2:30 – 4:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
Relax and enjoy the riveting The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso. Two widowed next-door neighbours in a South African suburb face their past whilst firing insults at one another. The novel’s discussion of difficult topics such as racism,apartheid, grief and the past add a depth that a lesser novel would lack.

Poetry Tribute
Thursday 26 October

6:30 – 7:30
Cubitt Town Library
Gita Jaggan is a poet and songwriter from Trinidad and Tobago who lives in Tower Hamlets. Her father was a descendent of the indentured labourers who worked on the sugar plantations on the islands.
Gita’s work reflects on this history. She will present a selection of her poems.

Friday 27 October

Homework Club
4:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Sunday 29 October

Art Club [ages 5-14]
2:15 - 3:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Our regular Sunday art club for children will be taking inspiration from African art and design to create beautiful patterns and pictures.

Monday 30 October

African Themed Story Time [under 5s]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Idea Store Watney Market
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun and gain a new cultural experience with your family. Young children who are read to every day get on better and do well, in a wide range of subjects, when they get to school.

Art Club [ages 5-14]
10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Chrisp Street
With African-themed songs and stories, have fun gaining a new cultural experience with your family.

Tuesday 31 October

Prime Time [Adults]
10:30 – 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library
This is a chance for older residents to come together each week, meet new and familiar friends and chat with staff about new books. Throughout October we will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of topics and this week, we focus on an African and Caribbean odyssey. Sample the beautiful melodic acoustic music with a mock cocktail and fruits.

Book Break [Adults]
2:00 – 3:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
Sit back and relax as we read stories and poems together and enjoy a shared reading experience. Talk about the issues and topics raised over a cup of tea and biscuits. This October we are reading short stories from 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours' by Helen Oyeyemi. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, and a city where all the clocks have stopped. 

Throughout October

Story Time [under 5s]
Monday to Saturday 10:30 – 11:15am
Idea Store Watney Market
Rhymes, stories and fun for under 5s, plus time to choose your favourite books! This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.

Reading Aloud [ages 5-14]
Monday to Friday 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
Relax after school with refreshments and a story in Idea Stores. This October we will be looking at authors and stories with particular relevance to Black History Month.