Merton gets ready for Black History Month

This October, for the fourth year, Merton will be participating in Black History Month. Black History Month originated in the USA as a celebration of African American achievement. It was adopted in the UK in the late 1980s as an inclusive, multi-cultural UK wide festival held in October that celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Black and Ethnic Minority Communities to the UK.

For the past three years Merton Council through the Arts and Libraries service has been developing Black History Month in partnership with Council colleagues and the local community.

In Merton the festival is now a core element in promoting the development of local communities. Now in its fourth year we have an exciting programme including a major launch event on October 1st at Cranmer School featuring dance, poetry and film; a spectacular dance performance by the highly acclaimed Koromanti Arts with their production of Elements in partnership with Noyam Contemporary African Dance Institute (Ghana) at the Pollards Hill Communuity Centre, on October 18th and a unique exhibition, ‘Beyond the first glance’ at the Wimbledon Library Gallery from the 9th to 30th October.

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