The Sacred Tradition of Storytelling

The Sacred Tradition of Storytelling Saturday 16 December, 11.00am-1.00pm £5 for parents, children go free For as long as there have been stories to tell, there have been Griot’s. These West African storytellers, poets and sometimes musicians have long been our historians and culture keepers ensuring that our stories are kept alive. Griot Alim Kamara […]

A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England

A Forgotten Heritage: Blackamoores in Tudor England Wednesdays, 1 November – 7 December, 7.00pm-9.00pm £50, 5-week course Book online The course will explore the period of Tudor England, the African contribution and influence at the time. Unpicking vital evidence of the period students will be exposed to the breadth of historical evidence and rich legacy […]

Black British Activism – The History and the Legacies

Black British Activism – The History and the Legacies Wednesday 4 October – Tuesday 7 November, 7.00pm-9.00pm. (The final week will take place on Tuesday 7 November) £50, 5-week course Book online 2017 marks 30 years since the introduction of Black History Month to the UK, but what do we really know about the historical […]

BCA Children’s Carnival Workshop

Get ready for Nottinghill Carnival with mask-making and dance workshops Join us our BCA Children’s Carnival Workshop on Wednesday 23 August, 11.00am-2.30pm. Celebrate and learn about the rich heritage, history and tradition of Nottinghill Carnival. Children will engage in mask-making, experimenting with different materials, colours and accessories to create their very own carnival head-dress. Our dance […]

Vinyl Rhythms Listening Party

On 8 June 2017, Black Cultural Archives held Vinyl Rhythms listening party hosted by Sugar Dread, local Brixtonite, Vibes FM radio presenter, and Director of Rastafari Movement UK, and Gaffa Blue DJ/selector for First Class Sound and Killer Watt Sound, and Dubvendor. Watch vinyl lovers share their memories and stories about music, from father-son trips to […]

Brixton Sound Walking Tour

Brixton Sound Walking Tour Saturday 24 June and Saturday 22 July, 2.00pm-4.30pm This extended walking tour will explore the stories and sites that represent more than 100 years of Black music in Brixton. From the musicians who brought jazz to the UK, the record shop that was headquarters to the British civil rights movement, the […]

The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution

The Politics of Music: Steel Pulse and Handsworth Revolution takes place on Thursday 20 July, 7.00pm-9.00pm. Steel Pulse is a pioneering and award-winning reggae band that exploded onto the British music scene in the 1970s. Adopting the political messages of Jamaican roots reggae, Steel Pulse helped create a musical platform for British reggae bands to comment […]

Sir Lloyd Coxsone’s DJ Selector and MC Masterclass

Sir Lloyd Coxsone’s  DJ Selector and MC Masterclass takes place on Saturday 1 and 8 July, 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Interested in learning how to DJ? Join us for an exclusive workshop delivered by Sir Lloyd Coxsone renowned for his Outernational Sound System. You will learn how to mix, coordinate and select a variety of different sounds: from […]

Hip Hop Producers Roll Call presented by Black Male Beats

Hip Hop Producers Roll Call presented by Black Male Beats takes place on Friday 11 August, 7.00pm-10.00pm. Streamed Live from Black Cultural Archives, we celebrate contemporary Black British talent in hip-hop and rap through a grand roll call showcasing their best productions and profiles. Since the beginning of the 21st century, a wave of producers has […]

Celebrating Sound System Culture with Sir Lloyd Coxsone

Celebrating Sound System Culture with Sir Lloyd Coxsone takes place on Friday 30 June, 6.30pm-10.00pm. Black Cultural Archives pays tribute to the “Kings of Sound” with Sir Lloyd Coxsone, internationally renowned and critically-acclaimed for his influence on the rising sound system culture that now exists in the UK.  From roots reggae to ska, lovers rock and […]