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Liverpool Black History Month


Culture Liverpool is proud to support Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL) and partners and their special commissions created for Liverpool Black History Month 2020. The Black Lives Matter protests in response to the racist killing of George Floyd and the Coronavirus pandemic have laid bare deep structural inequalities. Black communities and anti-racists across the globe are demanding change. Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL) and partners recognise the role that the arts can play in affecting that change. We have come together to promote equality and justice through a range of art forms and to stand in solidarity with all of our communities facing racial discrimination.

Liverpool, with the oldest continuous black community in Europe, has a vibrant heritage, enriched by successive waves of immigration. BHM2020 shines a light on the city’s history but, like the Liver Bird, it looks out across the Atlantic for international connections. BHM2020 will celebrate the artistic excellence of the diaspora. African Superheroes will dance to Brazilian beats, Calypso is arriving on the Empire Windrush, The Sankofa bird will take flight and sculptor Faith Bebbington will protest with plants. Poetry chimes to Afro beats and Latin sounds. The Chinese Youth Orchestra, representing a community at the sharp end of Coronavirus inspired bigotry, reflects on quarantine though a musical fusion of east and west. Travelling back in time, BHM2020 will lead us through the riot torn streets of 1919 and into the heart of the slave trading capital of Europe. Booker prize winner Marlon James is Zooming in from America with Afrofuturist Ytasha Womack, bringing the WoW factor to BHM2020.

ON RECORD – Untold & Retold celebrates, honours and showcases black music on Merseyside through performance, exclusive content and debate.

BHM2020 is a celebration for everyone, good for your soul and good for society. We look forward to seeing you throughout October.

Creative Organisations of Liverpool would like to thank Mayor of Liverpool and Culture Liverpool for supporting this programme and all of our partners who have come together to celebrate Black History Month 2020.


#BHM2020 #BlackLivesMatter


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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Brought to you by First Take -  First Take will produce a short documentary leading us from the Black Lives
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BLM Digital Soundscape

BLM Digital Soundscape

Brought to you by Blackfest Online LIVE Stream Friday 23 October 2020, 7pm Pre-booking is essential. Donations welcome. BlackFest is
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Black History Month

Black History Month

Brought to you by Open Eye Gallery Open Eye Gallery, 19 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP Various dates & times.
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Hallows Eve of the Orishas

Hallows Eve of the Orishas

Brought to you by Katumba St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR Saturday 31 October, 4.30pm-8.30pm Free
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I AM NOT OK

I AM NOT OK

Brought to you by Tmesis Theatre Due to Covid restrictions, the protest performance of I AM NOT OK will now
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Isolate  –  孤立

Isolate – 孤立

Brought to you by Pagoda Arts Monday 12th October Isolate is a musical project using hip hop and Chinese sounds
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Journeys to the Underword

Journeys to the Underword

Brought to you by LUMA Creations Various locations in Liverpool: 10am - 3pm Monday 12 October 2020 Sat 24th October
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Mixed Heritage Mixer

Mixed Heritage Mixer

Brought to you by Liverpool Irish Festival Thursday 15 October 2020, 6pm Online event. Free to attend. Pre-booking is essential:
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On Record – Untold & Retold

On Record – Untold & Retold

Brought to you by Culture Liverpool in association with LCR Music Board Various Venues & Online Platforms Friday 23 October
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Protest Plants

Protest Plants

Brought to you by dot-art School Anti-racism Workshops Led by professional sculptor Faith Bebbington Schools will create a Protest Plant,
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Spread your Wings

Spread your Wings

Brought to you by Movema Various times & locations Friday 16, Friday 23 & Saturday 31 October 2020 Spread Your
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Time to Breathe

Time to Breathe

Brought to you by Writing on the Wall Online LIVE Stream & Zoom Thursday 1 - Saturday 31 October 2020
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Yemen in Conflict

Yemen in Conflict

Brought to you by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Online at Liverpool Arab Arts Festival Thursday 1 - Saturday 31 October
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Black History Month Lecture Series

Black History Month Lecture Series

Brought to you by Liverpool Hope University Zoom Webinars Wednesday 7 October 2020, 7pm - Florence Adeoye Wednesday 21 October,
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Distant Drums

Distant Drums

Brought to you by Whispered Tales Dr Martin Luther King Junior Building, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, L3 4AX
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Flag it Up

Flag it Up

dot-art and Bruntwood Works are coming together to create an exciting new platform for public art in Liverpool – using
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Go Off, Sis Hub Podcast

Go Off, Sis Hub Podcast

Brought to you by Fact Pre-booking is essential. Book Now In this live podcast recording for Black History Month, FACT
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Let’s Talk About Race Equality – Virtual Roscoe Lecture

Let’s Talk About Race Equality – Virtual Roscoe Lecture

Brought to you by Liverpool John Moores University “Are We Missing the Point - Diversity or True Inclusion?” In conversation
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Lunchtime Concert Series Autumn 2020

Lunchtime Concert Series Autumn 2020

Brought to you by the University of Liverpool Wednesday 14, 21, 28 October 2020, 1pm Wednesday 25 November 2020, 1
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Sumuyya Khader Online Shop

Sumuyya Khader Online Shop

Brought to you by Sumuyya Khader Online Shop Launch For Black History Month, Liverpool Artist Sumuyya Khader is launching her
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Toppling Statues & Renaming Buildings

Toppling Statues & Renaming Buildings

Brought to you by Liverpool John Moores University The Black Lives Matter Movement & The History of Slavery Thursday 15
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