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Black History Month in Liverpool

Explore Liverpool's Black heritage on an e-scooter

In addition to our Liverpool City Guide, we want to mark Black History Month with some important sites to visit in this great city that celebrate and preserve the African and Caribbean cultural heritage. According to the Liverpool Black Community Trail, the city’s Black community is the oldest in Europe, dating back to the mid 18th century when it became a port of entry for Black sailors, emancipated slaves and even student sons of African rulers.

As well as many specific events organised by Culture Liverpool throughout the month, hosting an array of cultural organisations, universities and Black businesses, take a Voiage through the historic and contemporary Black culture in Liverpool to learn about and connect with the real city.

International Slavery Museum

Located in Royal Albert Dock, the International Slavery Museum is crucial to understanding all UK history, not just Liverpool’s role in the slave trade. With a slogan of “We remember. We act”, the exhibitions are most definitely hard hitting. They also highlight the fact that not only did these atrocities happen, but that horrific contraventions of human rights abuses are still happening in the world today.

The International Slavery Museum comes under the Liverpool Museums umbrella, identifying as a “campaigning museum that actively engages with contemporary human rights issues.”

Liverpool Black Community Trail

A curated trail around the Museum of Liverpool and spread over three floors, this is both in-depth and informative, heart-stopping and heartwarming. From a short film about the 1981 Toxteth Riots to an exhibition entitled ​​Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid, or photographs of Black families and dock workers dating back to the late 19th century, there’s a lot of fascinating history to take in. In addition, the Museum of Liverpool is hosting Uprisings 1981: A Commemoration of the Toxteth Riots on 24 October.

Tate Liverpool

Between 21 and 27 October, Tate Liverpool is hosting free daily talks looking at creations by Black artists throughout its galleries. They take place between 11.00 and 15.00 hrs. Just after Black History Month, an exhibition of note at Tate Liverpool is called Democracies, which uses art to discuss - among many subjects - activism, marginalised groups and our rights to freedom of speech. This exhibition runs from 14 November 2021 to 11 September 2022

The Black Market

Taking place at the aptly named 24 Kitchen Street, The Black Market on Sunday 24 October, is the place to feast and have fun with Black Liverpudlians sharing their culinary, artistic, musical and artisan skills. It is hoped that this will become a regular event, and one to add to your scoot and scoff itineraries. There is also a series of other cultural events being cooked up in 24 Kitchen Street throughout the month.

Roots and Routes Festival of the African Diaspora

Roots and Routes has events all over L8 and L1, between 16 and 31 October, to celebrate Black History Month, these include the Liverpool & Slavery Walking Tour, Voice For Vibe: Spoken Word & African Drumming and Capoeira sessions, all on the 16 October, and many more community events.

The festival culminates in a regular annual favourite, the Katumba Halloween Parade, on 31 October between 17.00 and 21.00 hrs, held in partnership with Black and Brown Social Traders Network (BLaST).


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