BHM 2018

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.

Seen and Not Heard: Black Women
Black History Month 2018 will launch with the second instalment of Nora Chipaumire’s (Zimbabwe) series of works exploring radical artists and protest art. The 2018 programme will reflect upon representation and free speech, to mark Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, topic is particularly important to communities in Leicester who did much to campaign for Anti-Apartheid. The programme for 2018 will focus on a female to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of Sisters of the Long March touring the UK, and the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of The West Indian Gazette by Claudia Jones. 2018 will also reflect on the African and African Caribbean contribution to the First World War (marking the centenary of the end of the First World War) and the seventieth anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush.

Call Out for Events

Serendipity is co-ordinating Leicester’s Black History Month in October 2018. 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 28 June, 5:00pm.

BHM 2018 Call out for Events Form


Blackchat is a 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.

Lost Legends

In 2017 Serendipity marked the thirtieth anniversary 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


BHM 2018 Launch: Nora Chipaumire presents #PUNK *N!GGA

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Masterclass with Nora - NoraChipaumire©Photography by Andrew Boyle for c_o NeueHouse BHM

Masterclass with Nora Chipaumire

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Nerija BHM

DMU International Jazz Series: Nerija

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DMU International Jazz Series: Decosta Boyce

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Untitled design (78) BHM

The Souls of Black Girls and Sorf Hair Double Bill

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Julia Biel Promo Photos 2014 BHM

DMU International Jazz Series: Julia Biel

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