Barking & Dagenham Black History Month Launch

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Barking and Dagenham will be celebrating the launch of Black History Month 2019 with a showcase of black history, art and culture.

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Barking and Dagenham will be celebrating the launch of Black History Month 2019 with a showcase of black history, art and culture centred on this year's theme of Black Migration. This exciting night of performances and discussions will be hosted by Barking & Dagenham's very own Janice Francis-Irwin, former World and European Karate Champion.

The event includes:

- Traditional African drumming and dance from Masai Cultural Arts

- A talk on Black Migration to the borough, with host Janice Francis-Irwin

- Genealogy talk on tracing your ancestry by author and BBC featured Paul Crooks

- Dancehall performance by dance crew Liit Youth from ATTIK Youth Club

- Storytelling from the multi-award winning storyteller Usifu Jalloh 'The Cowfoot Prince'

- Interactive display on the History of Carnival in the UK by UKON Careers

- African inspired textile art by the Sew London Project

- Caribbean food from Mr Nice catering

Doors : 6pm

Performances have a prompt start: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

8.30pm onwards music and vibes in the bar/foyer.

Food available to purchase from Mr Nice and interactive carnival display from UKON Careers, before and after the performances. (if you would like to reserve food please call Mr Nice on 07751220346).

Come join us for this free event!

(Please note that due to capacity of the venue, you must have a booked ticket to attend).

Janice Francis-Irwin :

Janice Francis-Irwin is a former World and European Karate Champion. She now runs her own Karate Academy and presents fitness workshops.

Masai Cultural Arts (MCA):

Masai Cultural Arts (MCA) is a United Kingdom based African Arts Organisation that is the premier provider of a fantastic range of Kenyan and African Arts to a variety of British audiences.

Paul Crooks:

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks (author of Ancestors) traced his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Paul’s acclaimed novel and appearance on the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ with Moira Stuart inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry.

Paul will talk about his journey and his families migrations down through the generations.

Liit Youth!!:

Based at the ATTIK Youth Club, Liit Youth are a young collective from Dagenham, they meet once a week and have been together for just over a year. They are mentored by Sharlene Carter and choreographed by Koby Turner, a 17-year-old from Barking. A young member of the group also assists teaching called Ruben Aldridge. They have performed part of the boroughs showcase Fusion Secondary platform, Barking Folk Festival, Summer of Africa, Dancer Delights U18’s.

This dancehall performance is choreographed by two of the UK's finest Dancehall dancers/teachers Steppa & Marlon from Bulletproof876.

Follow Liit Youth on Instagram @liit_youth

Usifu Jalloh, The Cowfoot Prince:

Usifu Jalloh is an energetic, funny, intuitive, engaging and highly experienced multi-award winning storyteller. He has performed in Mexico, India, Bahrain, Peru, China, S. Korea, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria and UK to name a few.

His electrifying performances inspire young people and teachers with stories from his home country Sierra Leone.

UKON Careers :

UKON Careers use carnival arts as a platform to deliver motivational and inspirational projects/workshops to support cohesion, inclusion, economic and emotional wellbeing for individuals and communities. UKON also use this platform to develop a greater understanding and professionalism of carnival arts in itself. The organisation has been developing Barking Carnival and carnival workshops over the past 4 years, with it becoming bigger and grander each year!

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