BHM 2017

Black History Month (BHM) is held each year in October, with a programme that promotes the history and contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to Leicester, helping to understand the present through our past. Having been awarded the tenure by Leicester City Council, Serendipity has overseen BHM in Leicester since 2012. Each year our programming centres around a unifying theme. In preparation future themes for the next three years are as follows:

In 2016, BHM will recognise the life and work of South African Social Rights activist Desmond Tutu on the occasion of his 85th Birthday and also marks 40 years since the seminal publication The Arts the Britain Ignores by Naseem Kahn. Policy, practice and social justice is the theme that will be celebrated as throughout BHM2016

In 2017, BHM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. This year will also mark 50 years since Robert Lawrence became the first Black Astronaut.

In 2018, BHM will acknowledge the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, one of the ships to bring 500 migrants from Jamaica to the UK. 2018 will also mark the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Black History Month Leicester 2017 Call Out

In 2017, BHM will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. This year will also mark 50 years since Robert Lawrence became the first Black Astronaut.

Serendipity is co-ordinating Leicester’s Black History Month in October 2017. If you are planning an event for Black History Month this year and would like it to be included in the official Black History Month Leicester brochure, we would like to hear from you!

Please send copy and high resolution images (300dpi) for events you are organising. The Black History Month brochure, website and other marketing media will include events taking place in the month of October only. Please ensure that the information you provide is accurate and eligible to be in the public domain.  Event copy is subject to editorial amends to suit the marketing and print media.

Please complete the following form and return to by Thursday 29 June, 5:00pm.

BHM 2017 Call out for Events Form


Blackchat is a new forum to exchange and progress ideas and plans for issues which directly affect Black Communities. Everyone is invited to be part of the conversation so we can live and work together with more understanding and respect. The aims are to celebrate BME success, value BME contribution and discuss political and social contexts. The first series of talks, ‘The Body Beautiful’, focusing broadly on issues of mind and body will take place during BHM this October.

BHM Filmfest 2017

As part of BHM 2017, Serendipity, in partnership with Phoenix Cinema, are organising a month long film festival. Inspired by theme of Social and Civil Rights, the programme will include documentaries, biopics and cinema classics from around the world explore the key challenges to social and civil rights, and those who have sought to change things for the better.

Lost Legends

In 2017 Serendipity will mark the 30 years of Black History Month with an exciting new project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund: Lost Legends. The project aims to celebrate and record the contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the cultural heritage of the UK over the last three decades. Find out more on the Lost Legend pages.

BHM Programme

Lost Legends Website Banner (Update) BHMFF

Lost Legends Exhibition

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BHM Live 2017: Call for Commissions

BHM Live is an initiative which aims to offer opportunities to emerging Black artists in the UK, across all art forms. Launched in 2012 as part of Black History Season, BHM Live has so far supported many artists in sharing and developing their ideas and showcasing their work.

BHM Live is offering a select number of artists:

  • The opportunity to showcase new work at BHM Live showcasing event held at the Curve, Leicester.
  • A bursary to support the development of new work.
  • Development opportunities and the chance for artist to pitch their ideas to and network with promoters, producers, programmers, artistic directors and venue managers.

To be considered for the BHM Live programme each artist will need to:

  • Provide a biography or CV that highlights your experience and capacity to create a quality piece work for the general public, and demonstrates a track record of producing quality work which is innovative, diverse and suitable for the general public.
  • Submit a video, web links, images or documents that evidence existing work.
  • Give the name of the potential piece you would like to develop, some information regarding the motivation behind the work and an estimation of the length and technical requirements of the piece.

Please submit your proposals by email to or post them to:

CL00.07a, Clephan Building
De Montfort University
The Gateway

The deadline for this opportunity is Friday 9 December 2016, 5:00pm. 

For more information please call 0116 257 7316 or email