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Africarmen and the importance of scheduling culturally diverse performances

In this blog post, Madeleine Hardy, intern at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, provides an insight into the upcoming performance of Africarmen and its relevance during Black History Month. Tavaziva Dance bring Africarmen to Nottingham Lakeside Arts with Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva’s most ambitious work to date. While the performance is based on Georges Bizet’s famous opera, …

Highlights from ‘Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners’ with David Olusoga

On Monday 12 October, we were joined by David Olusoga, historian and broadcaster to explore ‘Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners’, named for the BBC documentary David presented earlier this year. We also heard insightful talks from Katie Donington, Centre for Research in Race and Rights (who worked with David on the television programme) and Dr Susanne …

Tackling discrimination in sport with Brendon Batson and Kick It Out

Hayley Bennett, Education Officer at Kick It Out, discusses our upcoming event with Brendon Batson, former footballer, Professional Footballers’ Association trustee and adviser to the FA, and Troy Townsend from Kick It Out. Black History Month has historically been the most important month in Kick It Out’s calendar. From our formation as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of …

Clarks in Jamaica – you should’ve been there

I went to the fascinating Clarks in Jamaica talk at Nottingham Lakeside Arts last night. It really stood out as one of the most intriguing events on our (pretty special) Black History Month programme, and it didn’t disappoint. DJ and cultural historian Al Newman (Al Fingers) told the story of Clarks’ incredible popularity in Jamaica, …

#BlackLivesMatter: Black History Month at the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)

In this blog post, Timo Schrader and Rosemary Pearce, Centre for Research in Race and Rights Directors, discuss their programme of events this October. In 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, both the United States and the United Kingdom signed fundamental Civil Rights acts into law: the Voting Rights Act in the …

Making Waves – the life stories of black, British citizens from African-Caribbean communities

Patcee Francis, filmmaker and director of Making Waves, discusses the documentary ahead of our public screening and Q&A on Wednesday 14 October. Making Waves is a new film from Syncopate Media and comparing the lives of young black people growing up in the 1980’s with those growing up today. Nearly 40 years after the 1976 …

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

Katie Donington is currently a Research Associate on the Antislavery Usable Past project in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at The University of Nottingham, and is Co-director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights. In this blog, she looks forward to an upcoming event with David Olusoga on Monday 12 October. …

Launching Black History Month 2015

On Friday 2 October, we launched our programme for Black History Month 2015 with an evening of music and performance at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre. The evening kicked off with an introduction from Dr Paul Greatrix, the University’s Registrar, who highlighted that Black History Month was an opportunity to celebrate BME cultures and achievements across the …

The phenomenal popularity of Clarks in Jamaica

On Thursday 8 October, Al Newman, DJ and cultural historian, discusses the remarkable popularity of Clarks shoes in Jamaica. Vincent Wilson, Associate Professor and Reader in Autonomic Pharmacology, shares a personal memory in advance of the event. I can’t exactly remember when I had my first conversation about Clarks shoes with my Dad, but I think …

Explore Caribbean funeral traditions through an award-winning film

Catherine Ross, Founder and Director of SKN Heritage Museum, will be introducing the museum’s first documentary film, Nine Nights, at a special screening of the film at Nottingham Lakeside Arts on Monday 5 October from 6pm as part of our Black History Month 2015 programme of events. The film has already won an award and …