Black History Month 2021 at HOME

This year we’re celebrating Black History Month at HOME from Oct – Dec with a curated season of events alongside our core programme.

Celebrating Black artistic brilliance and talent across film, theatre, art, music and comedy, this new and exciting season will bring people together to uplift, inspire and entertain.  

We invite you to explore and discover ground-breaking Black artists working across the North West and beyond. 

Experience theatre online and engage in post-show discussions around climate change. Exploring non-traumatic Black experiences on screen, our specially curated film programme celebrates Black joy, love, and light within the Black narrative, with a chance to take part in change-making and interactive panel discussions. 

Throughout October, there will be a chance to watch exclusive interviews and gain an insight into the careers and backgrounds of Black creatives and artists within the industry today. In time for October half term, families can enjoy mini-musical Storytime audio plays at home or on the go and get crafty in drop-in workshops across the city.

And for visual art lovers, you can explore a new textiles exhibition in our Inspire Gallery and a newly commissioned mural. In November, remember how to belly laugh at the return of Manchester’s original Black comedy night, presenting comedy lovers with a stellar line-up from the UK’s Black comedy circuit

Then to round off the year, in December, HOME Sound Sessions features soul singer Yemi BolatiwaSheBeKeke, who has supported the likes of Kae Tempest, The Last Poets, Saul Williams and OSHUN, and Nigerian-born, Manchester-based, alternative soul and pop artist Zahyón. 

HOME is proud to be partnering with Blossom Foundation to create community-led textile workshops delivered by artist Michelle Ayavoro. These workshops will take place across Greater Manchester from Oct-Nov Please note, these workshops are not open to the general public. However, if people would like to join Blossom Foundation, they can head over to their website for more information on what they do.

Scroll down the page to explore this season.

Artwork by Summer-May Henry

Onsale dates:

HOME Friends: 12pm Wed 25 Aug
HOME Members: 12pm Thu 26 Aug
General Sale: 12pm Fri 27 Aug

In this festival

Call for submission / Short Films by North West based Filmmakers of Colour

Enter your film to our short film night celebrating North West filmmakers of colour. Submission is free.

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Previously in this Festival

Venessa Scott: Together We Are

Venessa Scott presents a brand-new mural reflecting on the strength of Manchester and its people. Head to Whitworth Street West (next to Jack Rosenthal Street)…

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A City Seen/ Leave It On The Floor introduction & post-show discussion

This screening will have an introduction by Rainbow Noir, as well as a post-show discussion with the group. 

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The Story of a Three-Day Pass Introduction

The screening on Tue 5 Oct, 20:40 will be introduced by Esther Lisk-Carew, Freelance Film Educator and co-host of the Well Spoken Tokens podcast.

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Love and Resilience: The non-traumatic Black narrative on screen

To coincide with our Black History Month Curated Film season, join us for a special interactive panel discussion exploring non-traumatic Black experiences on screen, celebrating Black joy, love...

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HOME Sound Sessions 2021: Discover 3 new artists in one celebratory night of live music

Join us for an evening of celebration and good vibes as three Black artists from across the North West take centre stage to perform back-to-back…

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A rip-roaring comedy and an important portrait of black community and which promotes positive values, this hugely enjoyable comedy spawned a franchise. 

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Michelle Ayavoro & Recovery Pathways: Inspired, Uplifted and Proud

Inspired, Uplifted and Proud is a new exhibition presenting a collection of bold & colourful textile portraits. Showing a powerful testimony of lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery

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Venessa Scott: Mancara Jack

Venessa Scott brightens up HOME with a brand-new mural reflecting on the importance and impact of people of colour in the UK.

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Waiting to Exhale

Navigating through careers, family and romance, four female friends bond over the shortcomings in their love lives -- namely, the scarcity of good men.

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Amazing Grace

This euphoric documentary captures the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin, in a rediscovered concert movie showing the creation of Aretha Franklin’s gospel LP, Amazing…

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No Place Like Home

A road movie that celebrates Jamaica’s natural beauty whilst also questioning the tourist economy, it offered an early role for Grace Jones and features a…

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Hollywood Shuffle

A watershed moment in American independent cinema, Hollywood Shuffle marked the arrival of a major talent in Townsend who writes, produces and directs this satirical…

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The Story of A Three-Day Pass

Turner, an African American soldier stationed in France, granted leave by his racist commanding officer, heads to Paris, has a whirlwind romance with a white…

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A Night of Positive Laughter: HOME Comedy Club in association with Laff Til Ya Fart

The brainchild of Trevor Dwyer-Lynch, actor, MC and comedian, Laff Til Ya Fart’s “A Night of Positive Laughter” presents comedy lovers with a stellar line-up from the UK’s Black comedy circuit

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Storytime Workshops: The Discarded Oil Drum

Calling all families and young budding creatives, we’re coming to a library near you this October! 

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Complicité presents

Can I Live?

An energising and uplifting filmed performance that uses original hip-hop and spoken word to explore the world of environmental activism.

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The Story of Lovers Rock

Shining a light on a forgotten period in British music, social and political history, the recently passed Menelik Shabazz’s debut documentary feature underlines the impact…

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