Event celebrating black culture coming to Croydon


By - Monday 2nd October, 2017

The day will feature poetry, reggae, African history, and more


Image by Oistina Romeo, used with permission.

The Black Cultural Open Day event will be a celebration of black/African culture to coincide with Black History Month.

The event is being hosted by Black Futures UK, a Croydon-based advocacy group that helps people of African descent gain meaningful employment, as well as provides resources for those attempting to attend university.

Black Futures UK was originally started by lifelong Croydon resident Oistina Romeo two years ago, after and she and others were spurred to action by a desire to “support the community”. Romeo said she also wanted to fight discrimination against black peoples across the UK, as well as address stereotypes that remain prevalent.

Many of the activities will emphasize African culture, including an interactive black cultural studies workshop emphasizing the history of the African diaspora

“There’s a stereotype of music and dancing”, Romeo said. “We are a community of all different kinds and with all different goals.”

There will be several different types of entertainment at the event, including music, a motivational speaker, health expert, poetry, and a cooking demo from Croydon’s own Jamaican Valley Seasoning.

Many of the activities will emphasize African culture, including an interactive black cultural studies workshop emphasizing the history of the African diaspora.

While Romeo said that the event was primarily aimed at Croydon’s black community, she expects people of all groups to partake

Romeo said that she was utilizing digital and non-digital platforms to promote the event, from publicizing the day on Facebook to placing flyers inside barbershops and hairdressers across Croydon.

Romeo said that Black Futures UK plans to hold future events in Croydon, but also in places beyond the borough. She plans to begin a fundraising campaign on crowdsourcing website GoFundMe sometime soon.

While Romeo said that the event was primarily aimed at Croydon’s black community, she expects people of all groups to partake.

Participants will include reggae artist Tall Rich, Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the Oxford-based African School cultural education project and author/motivational speaker Carl Foster

“Croydon is a very mixed borough. From the 1960s, people were mixing here”. Romeo said. “There is going to be a mixture of people at the event.”

Participants will include reggae artist Tall Rich, Natty Mark Samuels, founder of the Oxford-based African School cultural education project and author/motivational speaker Carl Foster.

The Black Cultural Open Day event will be will be held at Project B at 1 Bell Hill on Saturday, 7th October from 1pm to 7 pm. Free registration to the event is available at the Eventbrite page.

David Marino Jr

David Marino Jr

David Marino Jr is a journalism student in London on a semester-long study abroad stint while attending Arizona State University. In the past, Marino has interned at PBS Arizona, Boston television station WCVB and Arizona Education News, while also devoting time to his university newspaper and radio station as a Columnist and Producer/Host respectively. His main interests are anything and everything political, economics, religion and controversial social issues. Outside of work, David enjoys reading, listening to music, and keeping up with his favorite American Football team the New England Patriots

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