Reading celebrates Black History Month 2021

News from: Reading Borough Council

A welcome return to live events for Black History Month 2021. October offers a diverse programme of talks, comedy, film and art exhibitions – live and online.

This year’s programme taking place across the town during October recognises the important contribution our diverse black community has made, and continues to make to our town and indeed across the country.

There is a packed calendar of fascinating speakers, lively debate, thought-provoking films and entertaining theatrical productions, with many events free of charge.

Highlights include Reading Museum, as part of the Reading Windrush Project Steering Group, hosting free screenings of the film ‘Memories of the Reading Windrush Generation’ on 23 and 30 October.

At Central Library children and families are invited to an inspiring author reading of Kaya and Tuesday Holder’s ‘Tawny and Maya: Unique Me’ on 30 October, followed by a Q&A session and a fun activity workshop.

Reading Arts has several great shows on offer, whilst on 24 October, The Rising Sun Arts Centre is hosting an exciting one-day exhibition featuring work from two recent community-led ‘Emerging Voices’ projects.

The Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality, alongside University of Reading’s Students Union Community Champions, is holding a thought-provoking event entitled ‘Do Black Lives Matter?’ during the evening of 21 October, at the Reading Civic Offices.

For more information and further details of events and activities visit

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