Birmingham’s planned launch event for Black History Month went ahead, following careful consideration in light of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The event took place at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, featuring inspiring speakers and creative performances – including pieces by Aston Performing Arts Academy, Eloquent Praise Dance, a reading from She’s Royal and poetry readings.

Through this year’s programme - which will reflect Birmingham’s diversity and heritage – the city’s Black community will share its own stories to raise awareness of the challenges they face and how those restricted their access to opportunities, progress and participation in our society.

Birmingham Black History Month features a wide range of performances, workshops and lectures throughout October, many of which will be free of charge, with tickets for the live launch event available from the Eventbrite website.

Some of the key events taking place during Black History Month, include:

  • An exhibition of Vanley Burke’s photography at Soho House
  • Black History Month Festival at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery,
  • Author Kit de Waal discussing her time growing up in Birmingham, and
  • New play She’s Royal at Birmingham Hippodrome about two women of colour who served in Queen Victoria’s court.