Black History Month 2015

The countdown to the official launch of Birmingham Black History Month is on. With just over three weeks to go, The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council, have organised a month long programme of events. Our events will celebrate the achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people.

The theme for this year’s programme is the 50th anniversary of both Malcolm X’s significant visit to Smethwick and the passing of the Race Relations Act 1965 – the first legislation to address racial discrimination.

The launch will take place on:

Fri 2 Oct, 6 – 9.30pm
The Drum Arts Centre
144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

The Black History Month 2015 launch programme will consist of a drinks reception followed by the opening of the RACE 50 exhibition. Our guest speaker Dr Kehinde Andrews will discuss Malcolm X’s visit. He will also discuss how attitudes to racial discrimination have changed in Birmingham and the rest of the UK since the Act was introduced. ‘Celebrating the Light’ is a specially commissioned piece by young musicians who are part of the Arts Champions Scheme.  Also featured in this year’s line up are members of Young Drum – The Drum’s Performing Arts Academy for young people aged 7 – 25 years. They will be presenting a multi-artform piece based on the theme of Malcolm X.

If you would like to attend the launch please RSVP by visiting www.bhmbrumlaunch2015.eventbrite.co.uk or contact The Drum Box Office on 0121 333 2444. Alternatively, email Paulette Francis-Green p-officer@the-drum.org.uk by 5pm on Wed 30 Sep. You are able to bring along a maximum of two guests. Please note this event is very popular and due to capacity and catering requirements, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

West Indies to West Midlands – New Photography Exhibition from Inès Elsa Dalal

As Black History Month 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to thank everyone who attended our special events and joined us in remembering the brave soldiers who gave their lives for Britain in the First and Second World Wars. Black Blood Runs Red was a huge success in celebrating the contributions of soldiers of the Commonwealth often forgotten, we’re very proud to have been a part of it, and plan to programme many more such events in the coming years.

Gone, but not forgotten, as the saying goes, and a new exhibition launching this month at The Drum will continue to shed light on the contributions of servicemen from the former Commonwealth. West Indies to West Midlands is the most recent work of documentary photographer Inès Elsa Dalal, who specialises in conducting social commentary projects involving heritage, community, sanctuary and social rituals.

Presented in association with the Why Are West Indians project (WAWI), this exhibition is the beginning of a new archive of previously untold narratives linking over 400 years of contribution to the British military with mass migration from the West Indies to Britain. Inès initiated this archive twelve months ago, and will continue to work with underrepresented communities in relation to unreported war contribution during the commemoration of the First World War (2014-2018).

The exhibition launches on Tue 11 Nov at 6pm, and will be free to attend and open to the public until Thu 8 Jan 2015.   For more information, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or visit www.the-drum.org.uk. To learn more about the Why Are West Indians project, visit www.whyarewestindians.co.uk

Follow WAWI on twitter @WAWIproject with #WestIndiesToWestMidlands, and follow Ines @InesElsaDalal