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The Better Colchester campaign has contributed to events taking place across Colchester this October, to mark the annual celebration of Black History Month.
From educational talks, seminars and exhibitions to live music and a one-woman theatre show, the month is jam-packed with events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories. Events will take place across Firstsite, Hollytrees Museum, the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre.
The Better Colchester campaign has supported the celebrations with a contribution of £1,000.
Lawrence Walker, Chair of Black History Month Colchester, said: “October is Black History Month and, again, the program will deliver a variety of interesting and educational activities and events in schools and venues across Colchester and Tendring.
“This year’s Black History Months events and activities are supported and sponsored by a small grant from Colchester Borough Council, which recognises the importance of the work of Black History Month. With racism, bigotry and mass European migration into the UK, it is imperative that we embrace and celebrate all cultures and their historic contributions which has made Great Britain great.”
Cllr Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The program of events taking place across Colchester for Black History Month is a wonderful example of local individuals, community groups and organisations working together alongside our theatres, galleries, museums and arts venue to celebrate our borough’s diversity. The Better Colchester campaign is all about celebrating Colchester being even better, and events like this really support that.”
A full programme of events for the month can be found on the Colchester Black History Month facebook page.