Celebrating Black History Month in Oldham

Oldham Council is celebrating Black History Month with a range of live events and activities.

To mark this important month, the ‘[email protected]’ team have organised a series of live performances and exhibitions throughout October – and beyond.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Our Black and Asian communities have contributed so much to making Oldham a great place to live. I’m proud to call it my hometown.

“Our borough’s history is intimately linked to Black and Asian history, including the slavery that was at the heart of the cotton industry that built the town.

“So, understanding, learning and celebrating our history and people is key to building a stronger, more united Oldham.

“It’s also really important that we celebrate and raise the profile of Black History Month because, sadly, racism is still happening every day – in society, at football matches and over social media.

“Last year the council had to mark Black History Month mainly online so it’s good that we have organised a range of live events and activities people can attend and get involved in. Please support them – and Black History Month.”

Orea by Tania Camara

(Wednesday 20 October, 7pm, £5)

“Micro-aggressions are used to disempower a black person deemed to be ‘acting white’. Donning a camouflage of Oreo-filling, Tania one women show explores the masks we wear to put our heads above the parapet in a climate of systemic racism.”

Find more here.

Aleiah’s Adventure

(Saturday 16 October, 12noon and 2 pm, £3) – one for families to enjoy.

Join Aleiah as she journeys through the city meeting historical figures and
local legends. Discover old stories, told in new and exciting ways and help Aleiah find her way through the city she thought she knew.

This play features BSL and visual storytelling throughout. Suitable age 8+.

Spoken Word Workshop

On Tuesday 26 October at 2 pm you can join poet and performer Ella Otomewo for her Spoken Word Workshop. Join Ella and create your own poetry. Booking is essential

Legacies of Biafra

Over at Gallery Oldham Legacies of Biafra runs from Saturday 23 October to Saturday 26 February 2022.

This exhibition features works from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society
UK (NASUK), which will be exhibited alongside archival materials on the
war and a selection of short films.

During Black History Month, the library will also be raising awareness of hate crime as part of a national campaign to prevent people from suffering in silence and want people to come forward if they have been a victim or a witness of hate crime.

For more information on Black History Month visit https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/

For the full programme of what’s on in Oldham and how to get tickets go to www.oldham.gov.uk/liveatthelibrary

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