Call for Submissions: Black History Month 2015 Birmingham Brochure

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987. Since then the month of October has been dedicated to raise awareness through events and activities celebrating our Black History. If you have an event, exhibition, talk or activity planned to celebrate this year’s Black History Month this is your chance to get involved …

The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council is the official organisers of Black History Month 2015 Birmingham. We are putting together a collection of events and activities offering people from all around Birmingham the opportunity to explore and learn about the history and heritage of African, Caribbean and Asian communities in particular their struggles, achievements and contributions. We are producing a brochure and website that will list events taking place in Birmingham during October.

The theme this year will be the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act 1965  , with the launch event taking place on Friday 2 October.  The Drum will use performance and talks to show how attitudes to racial discrimination have changed in Birmingham and the rest of UK since the Act was put in place.

If you have an event, exhibition, talk or activity planned to celebrate this year’s Black History Month, please email Paulette Francis-Green on p-officer@the-drum.org.uk for a submission form or alternatively download and complete the form in the below link and return to the same address as mentioned above.

The deadline for returning your form is Monday 10 August.


Glowing review by Birmingham Mail “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.”

Simmer Down Festival is over for another year.

As the fastest growing and most diverse festival in Birmingham, the Simmer Down Festival in 2015 attracted a massive crowd to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park.

The free family fun-day festival which celebrates Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that make it such a city of culture.

There was a wide range of performances from local musicians and dancers on our second stage to reggae-bhangra fusion, lover’s rock and global reggae superstar, Maxi Priest on our Main Stage.

Off stage, there was plenty of fun activities for all the family including workshops, face painting, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, a community cricket match. There was also a showcase of Birmingham’s diverse cuisine at the various stalls.

We have an overwhelming response on social media as well as a glowing review by Birmingham Mail who said “…Simmer Down is the ultimate uplifting and family-friendly event.” Click here to read the full article.

Now into its sixth year Simmer Down has certainly established itself as part of the city’s festivals calendar.