Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

Primary interest
Cultural identity

Black History Month 2018

Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. See below for a selection of events and find the full programme here.

On Wednesday 3 October at 7pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, join an expert panel who will offer advice on starting up your own business, under the theme of ‘Self-Employment – the Real Deal.’ The panel will include members of Berkshire Black Business.

On Friday 12 October, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (Acre) and Utulivu Women’s Group are presenting a discussion on ‘Mental Health Awareness, Sharing Responsibility for Our Wellbeing’ at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), London Street.

Community celebrations

The Bengali Cultural Society is marking the festival of Sharad Utsav on 15 to 18 October, with a host of workshops, music and dance. On Saturday 20 October, from 5pm to 10pm, Reading celebrates the worldwide festival of Dusshera; one of the highlights of the Hindu calendar. This year’s cultural entertainment includes fun fair rides, fireworks, food stalls and lots more. Both events take place at Rivermead Leisure Centre.

Reading International Festival runs from Monday 15 to Wednesday 31 October, under the theme of ‘Unite and Act for Human Survival’, with a series of films and talks across Reading, including ‘Join The Zimbabwe Conversation’ a celebration with Zimbabweans in Reading at RISC on Friday 19 October.


Reading Central Library is holding an exhibition from 15 to 31 October, celebrating 70 years of the arrival of The Empire Windrush, showcasing stories from local residents about their own journeys from overseas and how they came to live in Reading. The library is also offering an Anansi Story Animation Workshop on Tuesday 23 October, suitable for ages 6-12. Tickets are available from Reading Central Library.

Workshop for writers

Budding writers can benefit from an evening hosted by several local authors – with speakers including authors Una Chandler, Cecily Mwaniki, Keith Seville and Shirley Anstis at the Mayor’s Parlour in the Civic Offices, 7pm to 9pm on 17 October.

Windrush – A Reading Perspective

On 18 October, as part of Anti-Slavery Awareness Day, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality is exploring the topic of Commonwealth Citizens leading to the recent Windrush Scandal and Reading Museum is hosting a talk by Bafa Reading on Saturday 27 October, 2pm – 3pm under the theme of ‘Windrush – A Reading Perspective.’

Find the full programme for Black History Month 2018 here.