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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

AACDD Exhibition Review.

"Cry Of A Caged Bird"
 Artist Rohan Clarke UK.
Bronze Award (drawing)
"Art by offenders"
National Exhibition Royal Festival Hall 2010.
We are now one month on from the end of AACDD's (African & African Caribbean Design Diaspora) exhibition Choice's @ The OXO Tower Bargehouse on London's South Bank. An absolutely marvellous show a London first, whereby for the first time under one roof such a large group of artist's from across the African Diaspora have contributed to such a vast show, over 4 floor’s of art and design with artists' displaying work ranging from fashion and textiles through to product design, photography and fine art. This exhibition was truly an event to behold not just for the fact that I (Michael Mapp) happened to be a featured artist, it was for the fact that the work on display was a refreshing mix of contemporary and traditional pieces from stunningly engaging work in pencil: to the swooning lines of a collection of stone sculptures by Gary March and innovative design ideas. A very well recieved event at around 5000+ atendee's with an overwhelmingly appreciative tone among the guest's, the exhibition was so rich in diversity and talent as word may not best convey the events aesthetic's please see the images below.

The Ground Floor was home to the live African Music, Gary March, Alexarnder Mulligan, Agenda and more...

Alexander Mulligan

Furniture and Interior Designer UK

Alexander Mulligan
Furniture and Interior Designer UK

Drummer under Text By Anselmo Pelembe
Graphic Designer, Photographer, Artist.

Gary March
Contemporary Sculptor UK

The First Floor comprised of Fine Art paintings and intallations, Graphics and Video.

View of the First Floor on the right Margret Hanson
Straight ahead Juliette Goddard Artist UK.
Bejro Mouanga
Visual Artist , Graphic Designer
Czech Republic.
Michael Nab
Artist UK.

The second floor held Furniture, Photography, Graphic Design, Fine Art and Products

Foreground: Herman and Fola Morgan
Architects and Designers M-A&D UK.
Background: Yinka Ilori
Furniture Designer UK

Adjani Okpu-Egbe
Fine Artist UK.

Jonathan Hagos Architect UK.

Jonathan Hagos Archietect UK.
"Drawing With Light"
 Robertson Lindsay,
Architect, Designer, Photographer UK. 
<><><> Aselmo Pelembe Graphic Designer, Photographer Artist Uk
Michael Mapp
Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer UK

The third floor housed Illustrations, Fashion, Textiles, Sculpture, Neon and Decorative Ornaments.

Akeisha Walters,
 Fine Artist, Illustrator UK.
Akeisha Walters
Age 21
How did find this exhibition?
I found it and all round different experience as it was my first exhibition, before I did fashion so it’s a new experience its a new crowd of people, new vibe and environment. This was my first step into the art world and it has opened me up to a wider audience, a more international audience, so I was able to get different perspectives on what people thought about my work and where I could go with it.
How has this exhibition helped you?
In a different way as it was a non profitable event I found my self having to sell myself and my work speaking to people about myself and my work. Going forward it can be placed on my C.V which would look good it has also given me a lot more self esteem in terms of aspiration and approaching other events.
How do you feel now the exhibition is over?
I felt sad as I didn’t want it to end if I’m honest as I do have an emotional connection to my work which I have been told I shouldn’t have because if someone buys it then I have to let go. I felt very proud of myself for producing a very good collection, previously the only feedback that I had received was from my mum so receiving such good feedback from other audience’s really has helped my confidence.
Has anything come of this exhibition for you?
Nothing financial but if it wasn’t for the exhibition the work would still be on my PC, so it allowed me to go through the process of printing matting framing and hanging in such a fab building, so yeah!
Now that the exhibition is over. What are you doing now one month on?
I’m still doing exhibitions my next exhibition that I’m doing is called Conversation With My Conscious which is being put on by Abbey Wright a textile designer which is going to be a really good collection, you should look out for that and mosaic is another event which I coming up soon at the Africa Centre.

"Adorned With Grace"
Akeisha Walters, Fine Art, Illustrator UK.

Nomie Mzingwane, Textile Designer UK.

Sacha Allen, Designer UK

Honey Malaolu
Fashion Designer UK.

Denise Mahmud
Fashion Designer UK.

Chijoke Aguh
Product & Furniture Deisgner UK.

Chijoke Aguh.

Zekaryas Solomon
Architect, Fashion Designer UK.

Dr Raimi Gbadamosi
Artist, Writer, Curator UK.

More interviews to follow!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Oxjam Takeover 2011: Interviews

With Oxjam now upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to give you our readers a little insight to some of the artists' and acts here are few of the acts at a glance: Interviews conducted by CreativeHappen London duo Anita & Michael.

Paul Lisak
Photo courtesy of Paul lisak
After the Ice-Paul Lisak
Performing at the Joiners Arms @ 22:00
How did you all meet?
We all live in Leytonstone 5-10 minutes away from each other. Paul is the lead singer there are 4 members, druumer, basist, guitarist and keys. Bassist has been in the band for 4 years, keyboard player 6 months and the drummer has been with us for 1 1/2 years. We all met locally and we have been playing with this line-up for 6 months.
How is it all working?
It's working well, fanastic 'no egos' and were all local.
How did you com up with the name of the band?
As I am a Painter and Artist we were looking for a name something that had'nt been used before, being a artist I have an extensive range of books in my collection in my studio and I came across a post ice age book. Which sounded llike a good name. As it was evocative of many things, in business things are changing rapidly, so it's cool to be something dfferent! a title of the book, different and edgey.
How would you describe your sound?
We are a Rock band, guitar driven with synths and melodic heavy vocals we have been classified as post prog rock by our manager. A wall of sound, that still remains melodic and as beautiful as possible
What are you main influences?
Very varied, based on the background of the band, some are asian, Polish, and English, Jimmi Hendrix, Radiohead, classical music- Beethovan, Bach, Ravi Shankar Muse and a love British Rock.
Who is your musical hero?
Jimmi Hendrix.
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
Andrew our manager sent us to the Oxjam website, we liked it and we though it interesting to be part of it, local but national, good, charity exactly the sort of thing we like to do.
Whats next after Oxjam?
On the28th Oct. we have a gig in Mile End and Victoria then touring in spain and poland 2012 and generally with our manager doing more new stuff industry stuff which is really important.

Photo by: Michael Mapp
@Miss Magou's Studio


Performing @ The Tiger 15:30

How Long Have you been playing music?I have been playing music for about 4 years started with writing and just starting playing.
Is Ozonna your birth name?
Yes it is!
What does it mean?
Farther's Title, or something like that.
How long have you been performing live?
I would say four years I started out just going to open mic nights around london and progressed to live gigs.
How would you decribe your sound?
Quirky POP.
What are your main musical influences?Pop/Indie. Marina and the diamonds, Mika quite a lot of people.
Who is your musical hero?
I would say Madonna.
What made you decide to do oxjam?
I thought it was a good opportunity and it for a good cause so theres no reason not to.
Whats next after oxjam?
I just shot my music video which should be out soon .
And what's the track title?
"I love me." Should be out some time in december.

Soneni & Elmo
Photo by Michael Mapp
@Miss Magou's Studio
Soneni & The Soul

Performing @ The Crooked Well 18:00

How did you Meet?
I was producing funk with soul at the time, Sonneni a solo artist and I met through the scene I gave Sonneni some tracks and we then worked together on Star Struck which was received well by 1xtra even before the track was completed. We really wanted to get out there and start performing as a band although we took a while to find a sound what we wanted, to convey the message we wanted best way. Ricardo is our drummer who we also met through the seen, Chris the Gutiarist we met through Gum Tree a good place to find musicans. In January we came up with the current name.
How would you describe your sound?
We are still growing as a band and evloving our sound. House inspired indie Soul.
Our first tracks were clasified as house although they were not what would be classed as conventional house ultimately, but still it mantains a soulful element.
What made you decide to do Oxfam?
The whole concept was a big factor, the ability to use your gift to do good.
Sonnei came across Oxjam a few years ago, and always wanted be a part of it. This year it was to be so, after Michael Armstrong Meet the band at an EP Launch in Notting Hill.
What does Oxjam men to you?
Artists coming together collectively, sharing their gift and creativity. An excellent way to convey community and unity. This is a good time for Camberwell and also celebrating good things about London. They mentioned the good line up so its a good networking day to meet like minded artists.
What's next after oxjam?
Gigs, Uk unsigned hype in November along with a few live sessions performing songs they like with artists we like. We are recording Nov/ Dec. We also have new single My Life out next January, a very soulful track similar to that of Love my London.

Abigail Hardiman.
Courtesy of Abigal Hardiman.
Abigal Hardiman.

Performing @ The Tiger 23:00

How long have you been performing?
well 4 to five months.
How are you finding it?
Some gigs are great and some are really difficult depending on audiences promoter's etc so quite a challenge especially being on my own.
How would you describe your sound?
its is very much acoustic sing song writer. it has been described as very thought invoking.
What are your main influences?
Classical Music in terms of my melody.
Who is your musical hero?
Well not so much anymore but Jesse Lacey of Brand New I grew up to his lyrics and song I don’t really like there music any but in terms of lyrical content that really affected me through my adolescence.
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
Well I got asked to do it I had never really thought of applying for it but it was really cool to be asked to play, you know its a great cause a great event I was a bit shocked to be asked really. I wouldn’t have put my self forward for it as I’m not really established, so it was lovely to be asked.
What is next after Oxjam?
Continuing my circuit venue and honing me craft basically! Its all practice, getting much more comfortable on stage you know handling situations better, you know with, say a dodgy promoter not being nice to me, me not being so sensitive about it and recording an EP.

Ruby Tuesdees

The Phoenix- Camberwell @ 7.45 pm.
Chris Walker- Drummer
Sam- Front Man
Both Present.

How did you guys come up with the name?
Well RubyTuesdays buy the Rolling Stones was a title that we really resonated with us so we changed Tuesdays to Tuesdees as we are brummies and like to be different.
How did you guys meet?
We played together initially when we were 16-17 back then we were a 3 piece band, and then we split up and went different ways Chris wanted to be a cheif, but in 2010 we reformed.
How would you describe your sound?
Powerful, we like to make people dance and keep people on their toes bringing a suspence to our music, and change, keeping it interesting, they are happy type of people.
What are your influences?
We have the same musical tastes, punk, Chicago Blues, Early Punk, Garage Punk, Rock and Roll and we are like a mish mash of these influences together. We started as originally a blues cover band and developed our sound and stepped away from being generically blues
Who are your musical heroes‘?
Chris John Bonham - Led Zepplin
Sam-Eric Clapham
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
Simply the Raw talent playing on the bill. Such a big charity Oxjam help so many people
And it’s a nice opportunity to network with Other artists like at the young comedian Matthew, and future groove we loved there stuff on line.
What does Oxjam mean to you?
We have always done charity gigs, such as help the heroes’ happened to be our first gig, loved to help out charities close to both of them keen cash for kids in Birmingham.
How would you describe your Sound/Band?
Band and music is about high energy, fun band take musical influences an put an artistic twist on them.
What’s next after Oxjam?
We will be back in the studio Recording an EP for release 2012 get back on the road gigging again, secure good support slots with bands that are better than us EP in late Jan 2012.

Photo by Michael Mapp
@ Miss Magou's studio

Solo Artist:Antarma
Performing@ Tiger 4.30pm-5.00pm Busking & the Phoenix @5.45pm

How did you come up with the name?
I was called Armageddon Assassin when I was younger I was around 11-12 years old used it when I was into rap. When I started working with conscious lyrics I changed my name. I combined the Armageddon and Antony my name to come up with my current name Antarma. At the time I didn’t know what Antarma meant, but I really liked the name, it felt as though it was from within and from the heart. I managed to find out the meaning from people that work with san script and found out it means within, so I feel blessed.
How Long have you been performing?
For roughly 11 years in total, when I was 14-15 was doing festivals in the west country in the alternative scene. I have played in London in squats. As Antarma I have not been gigging a lot, my biggest set was in 2006 when I played in Portugal in a world music festival along with acts such as Kannan
How would you describe your sound?
Acoustic, hip hop, Reggae or it could be described as conscious lyrics or heart-centred reggae influences along with heart-centred hip hop chant.
What are your main influences?
I have quite wide influences, the source of life the heart.
When I was younger it was rap say 6-7 years of age, along with Rock, I like Wu Tang, Coolio- Gangster paradise was my first performances, one mum said, “your gonna be a rapper when your older”. More recently KTempest, Disreali, Kannan, Paradox and of course Bob Marley. I like Radio head and Bjork even though you cant hear it in my music. I like traditional music san script, African, Amazon Rain Forest music along with Indian and Brazillian music. Only from the heart really and Celtic and Irish Music.
Your Musical Hero?
I have some, Mutea Fataea Khan, Chester P and Akala.
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
Oxjam I was approached by Oxjam staff and really happy to be supporting and doing something for a good cause.
What does Oxjam mean to you?
It’s a good cause, I like supporting young people and have two children and into charities and community work I have run workshops with teens and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Southwark. I have been using hip hop and chanting using positive lyrics for healing purposes to inspire change. I like working and interested in sustainable projects.
In one short sentence summarise what your music is?
Music that is a vehicle for healing drum beats from the heart, hip hop and chanting.
What’s next after Oxjam?
On the 29th October I play at LA Roots (formally planet Hollywood) Camberwell green. I am going to try to get my music out there and continue spreading the message of peace love, and strength.
I work with children and will continue working with children from nursery age and above teaching yoga classes and drumming.

Tamara Stein.
Photo by Michael Mapp
@Miss Magou's studio
Baroness Tamara von Stein zu Leitershofen

Performing @ The Crooked Well 19:15

How did you come up with your name?
Tarama Stein is my normal name the idea of the baroness was born from an operatta Bernstein’s Candide the aria is sung by Cunegonde, daughter of the Baron of Thunder-ten-tonckh, obviously the title Baron never existed in Germany, it is “Freiherr” and his daughter would be titled “Freiin” and the Leitershofen was added to my name when I copied an old neighbour of mine Freiin Julia Dorothea Helena von Schenk zu Schweinsberg, Leitershofen is a small town in Swabia where my great great grandmother used to own the manor house.
How Long Have you been Performing?
I have been performing in Cabaret since 2008 and I started singing Opera in 1999. All in all I have been “Onstage” for 25 years as a professional. I started very young. We had a performance in my after school club and because I was in the first year in primary school, I was not really considered for anything. I was very upset about it to the surprise of my surroundings; my mother, my teacher even my class mates. So they let me join in. Just a small part, which I then nearly wasn’t able to do due to an accident and a subsequent stay in hospital. But even then I new “The Show Must Go On.”
How would you describe your sound?
I call myself a light lyrical coloratura soprano or a traditional Viennese Soubrette (a light high flexible young soprano with a pretty face and good acting skills).
What are your main influences?
Irish-British mezzo-soprano Ann Murray and the Finnish mezzo-soprano Monika Groop. Two very different voice, but wonderful performers. Also Mady Mesple and Lucia Popp. And I love Mozart’s Opera’s, there is hardly one I do not like. I also took strength from Beethoven’s Opera Fidelio when I was younger and still do. And more.
Who is Your Musical Hero?
Mozart!!! Mozart Rocks!
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
I am involved with a lot of charity project and charity concerts in the UK and I run my own charity project called The Opera Diva’s Challenge in aid of Sentebale a charity based in Lesotho. The charity provides bursaries to the most vulnerable children; orphaned girls and of course HIV positive children, to help with school uniforms etc.
What does Oxjam mean to you?
I think it means two things for me. I can bring my art form to people who normally would not even consider listening to opera and can help to educate people about the work Oxfam does. It is a great charity and they do very valuable work. To me it is one of the major charities in the world.
In one short sentence summarise what your band/music is?
A unique experience- you need to see it to understand it, words cannot describe it.
What’s next after Oxjam?
A Photo shoot with photographer Sin Bozkurt. I got a new costume from a lovely emerging Spanish designer, Sara Gonzales Nava, which was inspired by circus aerial performers of a gone by age. Sin and I want to preserve a momentum for posterity before the everyday life of a costume kills it.

Daniel kelly (DKEL).
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Kelly.

Performing @ The Phoenix 19:10
Who is your musical hero?
Jimmi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Notorious BIG.
What made you decide to do Oxjam?
I thought it was a great way for different musicians to come together and a good way to raise money.
What does Oxjam Mean to you?
Well I think it’s a good opportunity to share my music with people that may not have been into that genre of music and its for a global its positive.
In one short sentence summarise what your music is?
When an Urban sounds meets Colombia.

A very special thank you to our dear friend Hanan Magou, for loaning us your studio for the day.
View Miss Magou's amazing Kaftans here>>>

Monday, 17 October 2011

Create! Art for Autism: View finalist work in London

Back in April 2011 we were pleased to share an exciting competition Create! Art for Autism; a National Art competition for young people with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). The aim of the competition was to challenge the myth that young people with ASC cannot be creative or imaginative.

The competition closed in June 2011 with over 350 entries received; from talented young people as far a field as India and Croatia: an entire raft of original art ranging across the three categories of 2D art, 3D art and digital media. From short films, ceramics, collages and sculptures to watercolours, charcoals, photographs and textiles.

Beechwood College has seen how engaging in art and creativity programmes can transform the lives of its students and hopes to bring this message to a wider audience. The Unicorn Theatre will be exhibiting the finalists’ artwork in the John Lyon Room from Saturday 15th – Friday 21st October 2011. Free entry 9am-5pm For more information please visit

Monday, 3 October 2011

Oxjam Camberwell Takeover 22nd October 2011/Oxjam News & Competition

Musicians from across the capital play their part in the UK's biggest ever charity music festival. Win a pair of wristbands to attend the first explosive Oxjam Camberwell TakeOver 2011!

The one day takeover on the 22nd October  is part of Oxjam’s month of music, which runs through the whole of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of fundraising music events are put on by ordinary local people – from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks – making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.

The Takeover will be happening across 7 great venues throughout Camberwell. Each venue will host a programme of music from soul to rock and everything in between. Acts include The Mouth of Ghosts, Glyphs, Soneni the Soul, Ruby and the Vines, Speaker Sleeper, After the Ice, The Joe Inman Project, Hazeltones, Ozonna, The Stow, Tamara Stein and many more. Local vinyl specialists Rat Records are hosting a full DJ line up which includes their residents Dominic Dawson, DJ Prophane, and Tony Thorpe (Moody Boyz).

Local Camberwell resident & Oxjam Takeover Manager Michael Armstrong and Tracey Alvares, who are helping to organise the event delivered their most successful fundraiser for Oxjam on the 24th September, 'Here we Are' silent auction at the recently opened Coldharbour London Gallery last month raising over £3,000. The event was a multi faceted combination of live art, music and an exhibition of donations all of which were sold. Michael Armstrong recently, commented “We’re really excited to be making Camberwell part of musical celebration happening right across the country. It’s all about showing that the best in local music can make a global impact – just £7 could feed a family, and £10 can buy five bags of seeds. Everyone who comes along can rest assured that as well as having a great time, they’ll be helping to change lives around the world too." Since 2006, more than 40,000 musicians have played to an audience of over 800,000 people at over 3,000 Oxjam events, raising in excess of £1.5 million. Oxjam Takeover events take place in the following locations in London: Brick Lane, Brixton, Islington, Chiswick, Stoke Newington, Camberwell, Lewisham, Shepherd’s Bush. Why not come down and support a good cause. Local Music, Global Impact!

Oxjam Camberwell Venues:

The Phoenix-Windsor Walk, london, SE5 8BB
Experience Soul, Hip hop, Latin/Rap, afro beat and soul
Line-up at a glance: Hazeltones, Ruby Tuesdees, Future Groove, Dkel and The Vibe-A-Deliks

The Recreation Ground- 65 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
The comedy & DJ venue.
Line-up at a glance: Debra Jane Appelby, Max Dickins, Dominic Dawson spining on the decks Dave Foster (Rat Records)

The Crooked Well-16 Camberwell Lane, Kerfield Cresent, SE5 8SY
The Cabaret, Opera Diva, Soul and Funk spot.
Line-up at a glance Ruby and the Vines, Tamara Stein, Soneni & the soul.

The Joiners Arms- 35 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RS
If you fancy a little Indie, Rock, Psychedelic
Line-up at a glance: The Stow, After the Ice, The Joe Inman Project

The Tiger-18 Camberwell Green, SE5 7AA
 Experience Electronica, accoustic
Line- up at a glance: Glyphs, Ozonna & Abigail Hardiman

Club Couture-58 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8QZ 
The place for Alternative Rock/Trip-Hop, Electronic, Indie, Reggae & Punk
Line-up at a glance: The mouth of ghosts, The Rocket & The Rooster.

The Grand Union 26 Camberwell Grove, SE5 8RE
At this venue experience-Indie Folk, Poetry, Accoustic/Soul
Line-up at a glance: Speaker Sleeper & The White Russian

Ticket information

Just to let you know that on-line tickets will be taken off sale at 3pm on Friday 21st October.

For those of you who have bought a ticket on-line these will be exchanged for a wristband at The Tiger. Anyone who has purchased a ticket online or does so before 3pm is in with a chance to win a pair of TOMS shoes, which have been customised by one of the ‘Here we are’ artists  A Group Ticket gives you 5 chances to win. Find out on Saturday if you have won.

Any remaining wristbands will be available to purchase on the door at The Tiger (18 Camberwell Green London, SE5 7AA), the Phoenix & the Recreation Ground. Should one venue sell out of their allocation of wristbands, you will need to go to one of the other 2 venues to purchase a wristband.

The line-up/timings are now available on the venue page of  There will be printed brochures available on the day with all the info you need. If you have a SmartPhone you can check out the Oxjam Camberwell Takeover on the Layar Reality Browser. This will help you navigate the area, and will have up to date line-up info.

Oxjam Camberwell Takeover Competition!
This competition is free to enter, to win a pair of wristbands answer this question:
What was the name of  Oxjam Camberwell's Slient Auction on the 24th September?
Entrant's must over 18 please send your answers to: Closing date Friday 21st October 2011 Midnight.
Competition is now closed.
Winner Rob Lound Congratulations!

Other Oxjam Festival Takeover News

23rd October 2011
Oxjam Brixton over 30 acts over 4 venues
Venue 3.45pm-11.15pm The Windmill
Line-up at a glance Merc#y Alexander, Zoe Konez, The Great Malarkey and Lo-Fi
Venue Plan B 6pm-10.30pm
Line-up at a glance DJ Strago, Somethink Sounds, Drop/Dead, Ayah Marar, Nu:tone B2BLogistics &; ft.SP:MC

Venue Upstairs at the Ritzy 7pm-11pm
Line-up at a glance The Swingle Singers, We Are Goose, Grace Banks, Tim Lacy Russell Swallow & The Birds.

Dogstar 3pm-11pm Line-up at a glance London Beatbox Academy ft. Denna Rogers and Paul Cree (beat poets), I Am A Pilot, Electrixcity, Work It! DJs & The stow. Festival-goers are invited to buy a wristband, which cost just £7 in advance or £10 on the day, giving them unlimited access to all four of the following venues - Plan-B, Upstairs at the Ritzy Cinema, The Windmill and The Dogstar. Wristbands for Oxjam Brixton will be on sale on  and at the venues themselves.

Brick Lane
Saturday 22 October
5pm til 3am
£9 tickets early bird, £11 OTD
40 acts, 8 venues, one day

Featuring: Chris Coco, Run Don't Walk, Gizzelle Smith, Black Shades, Boom Monk Ben and many more. Oxjam Brick Lane will be taking over  Shoreditch Cargo, Cafe 1001, Big Chill, Exit, Concrete, All Star Lanes, Super Pizza & Junky   Styling will be hosting some of the UK finest music – all in aid of Oxfam.

One wrist band gains you entry into all venues!
More information at

Chiswick W4
Sat 22nd October
12 till 12
One day one wristband-6 venues-60 bands along Chiswick High street
from classical, steel drums and Flamenco to Indie, Rock, Acoustic, Hip hop, Dance, Dub Step and Pop.

Confirmed acts include 50ft Women, Finn Bonell, Lumiere, Mavis, The Meds Collectives, Sophie Barker and Swagger to name a few.
More information at

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Black History Month 2011

 Saturday 1st October- Final Night, 7.30pm 
Direct from the Almedia, Fuel presents Inua Elams in the 14th Tale
The 14th Tale won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2009,  is a free flowing mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious expliots of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to the roof tops of Dublin, and finally to London. 
 Admission £11.50/£7.50 concs
Tara Theatre

356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES Tel 020 8333 4457

Saturday 1st October, 2pm
Film: Burning an Illusion
Director: Menelik Shabazz (UK 1981)
Shabazz's pioneering first feature filmed the Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove communities and has remained a landmark in British cinema, It is the the first British film to give a central voice to a black women, charting her journey to emotional maturity, emancipation and political awakening. Tony Warner of Black History Walks will welcome guests and chair the discussion after the screening.
Admission £5
National Film Theatre NFT1
Southbank, SE1 8XT

Saturday 1st-2nd October, 10am
Black History Live

This two-day event will host a range of performances and exhibitions. This is a must for those wishing to network and access a range of resources.
Admission £6 Adults Children under 14 free when accompanied by a full paying adults
Wembley Arena

Tuesday 4th -Wednesday 5th October, 7.30pm
TARA ARTS in association with ARCADIA BOOKS
 presents UPRISING with Alex Wheatle MBE
Directed by Jatinder Verma
Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Brixron Riots, awarding winning author Alex Wheatle MBE presents his moving autobiographical story of how he became a writer. A journey punctuated by the muscular singing of lyrics that made Alex the famous 'Yardman Irie' of the Brixton club scene.
Inspired by his best selling novel, Brixton Rock and the East of Acre Lane,  and latest novel Brenton Brown, Alex Wheatle's performance is a gem.
 Admission £11.50/£7.50 concs

Tara Theatre
356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES Tel 020 8333 4457

Thursday 6th October, 7pm
Neil Mayer presents: Gifted at Primary, Failing by Secondary
What distractions does your child have in their bedroom-a television, stereo, game console, mobile phone? is this the same room where you expect them to do homework?
Neil Mayer former Head of Maths and Inclusion. He has helped an entire class pass GCSE maths as early as year 8. Neil will be delivering a free workshop and Q&A session based on his book Gifted at Primary, Failing by Secondary.
 Brixton Library,
 Brixton Oval SW2 1JQ
Free Admission
Booking is essential email

Saturday 8th October, 11am
Southwark Black History Walk
Join the guided black history walk through nearly 300 years of the black presence in Southwark and meet those that changed history, as well as those whose lives were unsung.

 Meeting outside John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

Cost: Free
Email for further information

Wednesday 12th October, 7pm
Malika Booker and Roger Robinson present
Absolution and Shadow Boxer
In 2001 Malika Booker and Roger Robinson were individually commissioned by Apples and Snakes to devise solo shows, 2011 marks a decade since these landmark solo shows Shadow Boxer and Absolution were performed. To celebrate Black History month Booker and Robinson will perform excerpts of these two shows together for a limited engagement.
 Brixton Library, Brixton Oval. SW2 1JQ
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Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm
Half Moon young people's Theatre presents
Look to the Sky By Courttia Newland
In an abandoned warehouse a search along dark corridors and winding stairs will lead to a discovery which will change lives... A group of young people are forced to confront the very thing that scares them the most. Themselves. The mysterious an complicated culture of inner-city youth is exploded in this gripping new play which breathes with raw poetic language and a contemporary soundtrack.
 Admission £11.50/£7.50 concs

Tara Theatre
356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES Tel 020 8333 4457

 Tuesday 18th October, 10.30am & Friday 28th October, 2.30pm
Traditional tales from Africa and the Caribbean for the under 5s
Writer and performance storyteller Sandra Agard brings to life traditional tales to celebrate Black History Month, especially the antics of trickster Anancy.
 Tuesday 18th October, 10.30am
Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
Friday 28th October, 2.30pm
Carnegie Library, 188 Herne Hill Road, SE24 0AG

Wednesday 26th October 2011, 7pm
Black Flash: A Century of Black Footballers film screening

Based on the author's book 'Colouring Over the White Line: A History of Black Footballers in Britain'
After a screening of the film there will be a question and answer session.
Suitable for ages 16 years and over
Admission Free no booking required
Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR

Thursday 27th October, 1pm to 5pm
Video and Film production course
Take your first steps into filmmaking and learn the basic techniques of script writing, editing and filming. The film making will loosely be based around great sporting heroes.
Course facilitated by freelance film Director Rohan Green.
Brixton Library , Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
Ages 9 years plus booking is essential email

Monday 14th November, 5pm
Author talk- Alex Wheatle
Alex Wheatle popular local author of Dirty South, Brenton Brown and East of Acre Lane, amongst others, will talk about his writing and offer tips to budding young writers.
Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PL
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