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Hull celebrates Black History Month with events throughout October

October is Black History Month and Hull is marking the occasion with a variety of public events across the city. Black History Month is a celebration and commemoration of the continued achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK and around the world.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council said: “Hull has seen so many people come here from a wide range of cultures and nations. It has helped make Hull the international city it is today. This should be celebrated, and Black History Month gives the opportunity to do just that.

“I would encourage residents to get involved with the events taking place and take the chance to learn more about the diverse communities of the city.”

Homelands: Photography from Sierra Leone in the 1940s

Streetlife Museum, HU1 1PS, Saturday 1st October – Monday 31st October

Homelands explores ‘the shared homelands of British service personnel and Sierra Leone people’ during World War II. This free exhibit has been curated and interpreted by members of the Hull Afro Caribbean Association who were either born or lived in West Africa. The project aims to increase the visibility of Hull’s African Caribbean community.

Free. Drop-in.

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored

Godber Studio, Hull Truck Theatre, HU2 8LB, Friday 30th September 8pm

Described as a ‘gripping tussle of power and an urgent interrogation of racial identity,’ My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored follows 15-year-old Reece and his young, Black teacher Gillian who witnesses an event that triggers consequences that will affect both their lives.

Written by up-and-coming playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor and directed by Dermot Daly.

Tickets are available to purchase on the Hull Truck website.

Cinema Screening of Nope at Middleton Hall

Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Friday 7th October 6pm

As part of their events programme for Black History Month, the University of Hull are celebrating Black directors and actors with a cinema screening of the 2022 Horror/Sci-Fi Nope at Middleton Hall. Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, Jordan Peele, and starring Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.

Tickets are free and available to book through Eventbrite.

Soweto Gospel Choir

Hull City Hall, Tuesday 25th October 7.30pm

Soweto Gospel Choir won the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album with “Freedom”: a collection of songs that ‘celebrate and commemorate South Africa’s democratic movements for freedom’, and now they are bringing their “Freedom” concert to Hull!

The ensemble is a line-up of some of South Africa’s best vocalists who have inspired audiences globally with a ‘powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics.’

Don’t miss out on this uplifting and jubilant show at City Hall. Tickets on sale from £19.00.

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