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Celebrate Black History Month with these inspiring events in East London


Embrace the rich tapestry of Black history and culture with a whole month of free vibrant events right on your doorstep.

From empowering youth-led tributes to thought-provoking exhibitions and dynamic performances, there's something on for everyone in East London this October…

Support local artisans at the Black-owned Makers Market & live music

On Saturday 14 October, starting at 4pm, Poplar Union is hosting a vibrant market celebrating local Black-owned businesses. Experience the creativity and craftsmanship of East End artisans while enjoying some exhilarating live music performances.

Get your steps in at the Docklands Black History Month Walks

Let’s Walk & Learn with the Canal and River Trust presents an opportunity to hear about the transatlantic slave trade from local experts and historians. The walking tours are taking place on Saturday 14 October and Wednesday 25 October, starting at the entrance of the Docklands museum.

Get inspired at the Poplar Poetry Evening

Come along to Poplar Union at 7pmon Friday 20 October for an enchanting evening of poetic expressions. The Poplar Poetry Evening promises a diverse array of voices, each sharing their unique perspectives and stories through the art of verse.

Let your colours shine with Selina Brown’s Express Yourself workshop

On Saturday 21 October, starting at 2pm, Poplar Union invites you to participate in a special workshop with renowned artist Selina Brown. Unleash your creativity and let your voice be heard in this engaging session that encourages self-expression and exploration.

Celebrate Our Sisters at Spotlight Youth Centre  

Open to all 11-19 year-olds! Join this FREE week-long workshop, where you’ll partner with experienced artists to honour extraordinary women from the Diaspora through music, art, theatre, or spoken word. On this half-term at our Spotlight Youth Centre from Monday 23 – 27 October.

Explore the Living Legacies: 75 Years On exhibition

Step into the world of ’Living Legacies’ by Shilonite Simon-Mathurin at Poplar Union. Running until Sunday 26 November, this thought-provoking exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of Windrush. It’s a unique opportunity to explore and engage with the stories of individuals from the 1st and 2nd generations, offering a deeper understanding of their experiences.

Discover history at the Here and Now photo exhibition

Head down to the Brady Arts Centre in Whitechapel for a gripping selection of powerful photographs created by black British artists. The exhibition is available to visit between now and Saturday 28 October.

Soak in live local talent at Poplar Union

Poplar Union is hosting an array of live performances including music, dance, and stage arts throughout October. Swing on down and revel in the timeless sounds that have shaped generations.

Find more Black History Month celebrations in Tower Hamlets…

Explore the full line-up of events across the borough. There’s plenty to choose from!