Black History Month 2022: Birmingham Council confirm launch event will go ahead after ‘careful consideration’

Black History month takes place throughout October

Birmingham City Council has announced the Black History Month launch event will go ahead this weekend.

The event is due to take place this weekend, but officials have only now confirmed whether or not it would go ahead due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The council has given the green light for the launch event to take place, kicking off several weeks of events to mark Black History Month 2022.

Here’s what the council have said about the event, and what is planned on the day.

When is the event due to take place?

The Black History Month launch event is set to take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome from 4pm to around 7pm.

What is planned for the launch event?

According to Birmingham City Council, the launch event “will feature inspiring speakers and creative performances – including pieces by Aston Performing Arts Academy, Eloquent Praise Dance, a reading from She’s Royal and poetry readings.

“Through this year’s programme - which will reflect Birmingham’s diversity and heritage – the city’s Black community will share its own stories to raise awareness of the challenges they face and how those restricted their access to opportunities, progress and participation in our society.

“Birmingham Black History Month will feature a wide range of performances, workshops and lectures throughout October, many of which will be free of charge.”

What is lined up for Black History Month 2022?

Some of the key events already announced to be taking place in Birmingham during Black History Month include:

  • An exhibition of Vanley Burke’s photography at Soho House
  • Black History Month Festival at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Author Kit de Waal discussing her time growing up in Birmingham
  • New play She’s Royal at Birmingham Hippodrome about two women of colour who served in Queen Victoria’s court

For a full rundown of what is planned for Black History Month, visit the official website of Birmingham Black History Month 2022.

How to get tickets to the launch event

Tickets are still available to purchase for the launch event at the Birmingham Hippodrome through Eventbrite.

What is Birmingham Black History Month?

A spokesperson for Birmingham Black History Month outlined what the month is all about.

They said: “The month will encompass a collection of events and activities offering opportunities for people from all around Birmingham to explore and learn about the history and heritage of African, Caribbean and Asian communities and their struggles, triumphs, lessons and legacies in order to educate, empower and motivate.”