Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

News from: Reading Borough Council

Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. See below for a selection of events.

On Wednesday 3 October at 19:00 in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, join an expert panel who will offer advice on starting up your own business, under the theme of ‘Self-Employment – the Real Deal.’ The panel will include members of Berkshire Black Business.

Community celebrations
The Bengali Cultural Society is marking the festival of Sharad Utsav on 15 to 18 October, with a host of workshops, music and dance. On Saturday 20 October, from 17:00 to 22:00, Reading celebrates the worldwide festival of Dusshera; one of the highlights of the Hindu calendar. This year’s cultural entertainment includes fun fair rides, fireworks, food stalls and lots more. Both events take place at Rivermead Leisure Centre.

Reading Central Library is holding an exhibition from 15 to 31 October, celebrating 70 years of the arrival of The Empire Windrush, showcasing stories from local residents about their own journeys from overseas and how they came to live in Reading. The library is also offering an Anansi Story Animation Workshop on Tuesday 23 October, suitable for ages 6-12. Tickets are available from Reading Central Library.

Windrush – A Reading Perspective
On 18 October, as part of Anti-Slavery Awareness Day, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality is exploring the topic of Commonwealth Citizens leading to the recent Windrush Scandal and Reading Museum is hosting a talk by Bafa Reading on Saturday 27 October, 14:00 – 15:00 under the theme of ‘Windrush – A Reading Perspective.’

Find the full programme for Black History Month 2018 on the website at

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