Reading Celebrates Black History Month 2020

A DIGITAL CELEBRATION of drama, workshops, music and conversation are on the menu for this year’s Black History Month in Reading.

Following government advice and the cancellation or postponement of event activity across Reading since lockdown, this year’s Black History Month is being marked with a fully digital programme of events and activities throughout October.

There are a whole host of exciting digital events including workshops, talks, musical performances and theatre performances featuring in the diverse programme of events taking place online across the town in October.

The events will be hosted via the Reading Culture Live website and the Council’s website at

There will also be a timetable of fascinating speakers, lively debate, thought-provoking films and entertaining theatrical productions; including a Facebook live performance from Limpopo Groove, Reading Museum’s Windrush story exhibition and Paul Robeson display and Berkshire Black Business’ talk and debate on Black MPs in Parliament.

Cllr Karen Rowland, Lead Councillor for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “We are most delighted to see the hugely diverse range of online events and activities taking place in Reading during Black History Month. Despite the pandemic which sadly means we are unable to run live events, I am thrilled to see that we are able to keep this important celebration going so well virtually.

“The amazing programme of events gives everyone the opportunity to learn about and celebrate the important contribution our black community has made, and continues to make, in the town and across the country. Reading is a town that rightfully prides itself on its diversity, and this celebration of our black communities has been further highlighted this year with the Black Livers Matter movement. I do, as ever, urge everyone in Reading to take part this month to recognise the black community’s irrefutable specialness to our town.”

The Black History Month 2020 brochure with details of events and activities can be found at:

Find out about the event nationally here:

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