Black History Month 2015


Bristol Black History Month 2015

View the programme:

Exhibitions Walks Music Theatre Film Workshops Networking Radio


Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration throughout October that acknowledges the importance of African Caribbean culture and history, using a number of events, such as dance, music, film, theatre, talks, workshops and much more, designed for all age groups.

BHM has been celebrated widely around the world since the 1920’s, with the United Kingdom starting their own celebrations in 1987.

In Bristol, the month of October is about bringing together the many different ethnicities that make up this multicultural city, and a chance to celebrate their contributions to society together, no matter where you live in the city.
Every year we use this opportunity to promote knowledge and understanding of Black History as well as circulating positive information and light on such a diverse community. BHM has also helped to raise awareness of Black people and the significance of their cultural heritage, all helping to shape a modern, inclusive multicultural Bristol.

This year we have tried to include more information on the accessibility of event locations for people with disabilities. However, if you would like more detailed information on access please visit the website at

Thank you to all those who have put on events and helped create this programme. We hope that you will enjoy celebrating this exciting month with us and we encourage you to take the challenge of extending these events beyond October.

Black History Month aims

Our aims are to:

  • Promote knowledge of the Black History, Culture and Heritage
  • Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society
  • Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage.

Paper copies of the programme are available from:

  • Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS1 5TR
  • Bristol City Council, 100 Temple Street, BS1 6UA
  • St.Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, Bristol, BS2 8XJ
  • Black South West Network, Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9LT
  • University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
  • Ujima Radio, Silver St, Broadmead, BS1 2AG.
  • BCFM, The Beacon Centre, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol, BS5 9JH
  • Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR
  • M Shed, Wapping Road, Princes Wharf Bristol, BS1 4RN
  • Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

A message from the Mayor… 

‘As Bristol’s elected Mayor it is a pleasure to support this year’s programme of great events celebrating the rich and diverse culture that African Caribbean communities bring to the City’.



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