black history month 2022 is almost here, and there will be a wide range of events taking place in Birmingham.

Following the launch event which took place in September, October will be busy with events such as Black History talks and workshops in Birmingham.

The launch took place at Birmingham Hippodrome and included events such as guest speakers and creative performances, plays from the Aston Performing Arts Academy, Eloquent Praise Dance and a reading by She is royal and poetry readings.

Before Black History Month kicks off, here’s what you need to know about the month, including events happening in Birmingham.

What is Black History Month?

black history month takes place throughout the month of October and aims to celebrate and promote the contributions of black people to British society.

In the UK it was launched in the 1980s in London, but dates back to the 1920s in the US.

What events take place in Birmingham?

Some of the wide range of events taking place in Birmingham include the following:

We Don’t Settle & B:Music Present: Poetry Jam: Live!

Poetry Jam opened every first Thursday of the month and is a monthly open mic night.

During Black History Month, the Poetry Jam takes place on Thursday, October 6.

COBO: Comedy Shutdown Special Black History Month – Birmingham

A comedy night is coming to the Glee Club on Hurst Street in Birmingham.

The program for the evening of Sunday, October 9 is indicated below:

  • Robbie G (The Real McCoy, Netflix)
  • Eddie Nestor (The Real McCoy, BBC London)
  • Kane Brown (BBC, 1Xtra, Amazon Prime)
  • Aurie Styla (ITV, C4, Radio 4)

Tickets are available for £19.99 and can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The South African Male Choir sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube.

According to the Black History Month website, the group: “came to worldwide prominence singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and won numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards.

“They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists, their releases receiving gold and platinum honors.”

Following the very sad news of the death of Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have confirmed that they will be celebrating the life and music of their founder Joseph in their concerts.

For sixty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sung powerful and uplifting songs that evoke the struggles and passion of South Africa. Nelson Mandela called Ladysmith “the cultural ambassadors of South Africa”.

For the full and detailed list of events taking place around Birmingham during Black History Month, visit the Black History Month website