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.

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.

BHM Live 2018: 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:

CL00.014, Clephan Building

De Montfort University
The Gateway

 The deadline for this opportunity is 5:00pm Wednesday 31 January 2018. 

For more information please call 0116 257 7316 or email


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 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.