Black History Month 2019

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.

Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future

Work has begun on our new project Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future, which will focus on Black British history, particularly around the contribution to the arts in the UK. It will look at the history of the Black communities in Leicester, the development of a Black British arts scene, and will offer a focus on the history of Black Dance. We are currently working to create a comprehensive Black history archive that reflects international, national and local contributions. It will be digitally available, and open up full access to existing Black history archives, research new strands and individuals who made an important impact in the arts, and make links to national archives, including the Black Cultural Archives in London. The archive will also support academic research by the contemporary dance world, as a hub for information on the history and specific choreography of Black Dance. We will be officially launching the project at De Montfort University’s Cultural Exchanges on the 26 February 2019.

BHM Live 2019: 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 on the 17 October 2019
  • 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 of 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.
  • Applicants must be available to travel to Leicester for the following artistic development dates: 24 April, 5 and 6 June, 3 September 2019


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

Serendipity CL00.014, Clephan Building

De Montfort University
The Gateway

The deadline for this opportunity is 5:00pm Friday 5 April 2019. 

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 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


Manifest: Black Dance 1940 – 2019

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