In 2011, we teamed up with African Night Fever to run the popular Countdown Social Club in various venues across Brighton and in Lewes for six months, to great success.
We also ran a special programme in honour of Black History Month in Brighton, supported by Arts Council England Grants for the arts.
Read below to view our full programme for the month.
Writing Our Legacy BHM literary event
Fri 7 October, 7pm-10.30pm, £6
6 new and established writers read from their work and discuss how their writing deals with the themes of Legacy and Inheritance, with Q&A with audience. Femi Hughes, Stephanie Lam, Neela Masani, David Nwokedi, Fawzia Kane, and Black British Perspectives editor Kadija George. Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks by donation.
Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
Black History Month Unity Dance & Countdown Social Club
Friday 14 October, 8pm-4am, £5
A very special night, starting with Countdown and continuing on with the Unity Dance nightclub. We host the bar area with DJ Task, and we’re delighted to have Kent-based Guyanese author Maggie Harris read her poetry and extracts from her recently published memoir, Kiskadee Girl (Kingston University Press). Plus an “open mic session”, in the dancehall freestyle fashion.
Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Middle Street, Brighton
Black History Month Literary Salon
Fri 28 October, 7pm–11pm, £6
A sophisticated but fun, informal and celebratory evening marking the end of Black History Month.The night presents new, emerging, and established authors, reading a short canape-sized selection from their work. Extracts can be from: script, poem, story, novel, book, work-in-progress – preferably with a link to Brighton.
Canapes, wine, beer and soft drinks by donation.
Regency Townhouse, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EH
Countdown Social Club
Fri 11 November , 7-11pm, £7
British Moroccan singer Noraay & her live band
Spoken word phenomenon Akila
Fortune of War, Brighton seafront
Photographs: Paul Jackson