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PERFORMANCE: African Dance

THE VOICE gives you ten special ways to celebrate black history month this year.

1) Make your own traditional African masks

LEARN ABOUT the design of ritual and ceremonial West African masks in a creative workshop where you can also craft your own. The event starts from October 2 at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.


CULTURE: African Masks

For more information visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
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2) Black women in literature and broadcasting

A MINI-SERIES of presentations and talks that focus on the work and contribution of female black British writers and broadcasters. Heading the seminars will be writers Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley and Adeola Solanke. Lectures will be held at Southampton University on October 13.


BLACK WOMEN: Seminar on black female writers

For more information visit www.daaca.eventbrite.com
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3) Study your family tree

FOR anyone who has wanted to find out more about their ancestry, Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum is hosting a seminar that will allow you to learn the basics of genealogy and show you how to search for vital information when looking back though history and exploring a family tree. Workshops commence on October 7.


RESEARCH: Family Tree

For more information visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
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4) Legacy Film Festival

CRITICALLY acclaimed film My Nappy Roots will be opening this film festival. The screening of the multi award-winning film will be followed by a Q&A session with director Regina Kimbrell.

Other movies to be screened at the event include The Story of Lovers Rock and the UK premier of Anomaly.

This year’s festival will be held at the Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton from October 12.


FILM: Legacy Film Festival

For more information visit www.black-history.org.uk
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5) The Colored Museum

MARKING 25 years since its creation, Talawa theatre company, Britain’s largest black-led theatre organisation will be staging a live performance at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Colored Museum is a satirical comedy based on black stereotypes that have intrigued and delighted audiences for years.


THEATRE: The Colored Museum

For more information visit www.vam.ac.uk
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6) African continuities in Jamaican culture

EXPLORING the link between Africa and the Caribbean, this talk focuses on the cultural similarities between the two nations. The lecture will be held at The British Museum on October 19.


FUSION: Understanding African and Carribean culture

For more information visit www.britishmuseum.org
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7) Banjul to Brum

THIS family fun day out includes workshops in music, dance, arts and crafts and storytelling sessions.

Parents and children alike will be able to learn how to play African instruments and enjoy the family time whilst celebrating black history. The outing will take place on October 22 at The Drum, Birmingham.


FAMILY FUN: Workshops in the arts

For more information visit www.birminghamblackhistory.com
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8) Ice

SIX performers explore how natural and man-made processes merge together to create new life. Ice is raw, vibrant and full of expression.

Expect to see bodies frozen in time, powerful contemporary dance with an African and Japanese flavour, and futuristic style film projections. At the Arena theatre in Wolverhampton on October 10.


PERFORMANCE: African Dance

For more information visit www.birminghamblackhistory.com
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9) Impressions of Africa: money, medals and stamps

THIS temporary exhibition explores images on African money, medals and stamps. The display will show images that express national identity and political power. The exhibition is at the British Museum until February 6, 2012.


EXHIBIT: African money, medals and stamps

For more information visit www.britishmuseum.org
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10) Black History Live

A WEEKEND packed full of activities celebrating black history will kick off in Brent with musical and dance performances from Levi Roots (right), Rachel Kerr, ZooNation and the London Community Gospel choir.

There will be a dedicated ‘kidzone’ where children can get immersed in storytelling, Zumba, dramatic arts and crafts. For the adults, there is a play based on Mary Seacole, a natural hair care workshop, sessions on diabetes management and a talk with Dwayne Fields, the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole. At Wembley Stadium on October 1 and 2.


EVENT: Black history live

For more information visit www.blackhistorylive.co.uk

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