24 Kitchen Street will host a programme of events to mark Black History Month which, true to form for the venue, elevates local Black talent and recognises some of the city’s best and often overlooked creatives. With support from a host of local businesses and in partnership with charity the Anthony Walker Foundation the events look to acknowledge Liverpool’s shameful history while highlighting the great things being achieved by the city’s emerging talent across a multitude of disciplines.
Central to the programme is The Black Market, Liverpool’s first Black business and creative focused market, which is open to all ages. Taking place on 26th October, visitors to The Black Market will be able to enjoy photography exhibitions (see featured photographer Rubi Deschamps on page 38 of this magazine), visual art and film screenings as well as stalls from purveyors of jewellery, clothing, food and much more. Exhibitors at the event include Anthony Wild, Jade Edwards, Deserts by Dre as well as Merseyside Caribbean Centre and BHM partners the Anthony Walker Foundation. 24 Kitchen Street hope this will be the first of many similar events to take place outside of October.
On 16th October Black To The Future x Go Off Sis will feature the premiere of a documentary on L8 produced by Black culture hub Go Off Sis. The screening will be followed by a conversation between some of Liverpool’s leading names in music, sport and activism.
Working with Liverpool Biennial and Everyman and Playhouse, Kitchen Street will also be providing three £500 grants to chosen Black creatives to support their creative practice as part of October’s festivities. The grants can be put toward the individuals’ respective crafts while the chosen creatives will also be able to take advantage of the partner organisations’ vast network of contacts to develop their work.
Last but not least, Nadeem Freeman and local historian Laurence Westgaph present the 2Step Collective Running Club which will take place from the venue every Wednesday through October and beyond. This part of the programme will highlight a carefully curated route by Westgaph spotlighting specific areas within the city that bring light and joy to our Black community. The full BHM programme was still being developed at the time of writing but with such a wide-ranging bill of activity it’s an event which will hopefully become a staple of our city’s cultural calendar.