Hello, Luton! October is here, and with it comes a beautiful and significant celebration: Black History Month. This year, Luton is taking another step forward to highlight the richness of Black culture and heritage.

From theatre performances to carnival masterclasses, there’s a wealth of exciting events happening throughout the month. Let’s dive into the best of Black History Month in Luton.

Carnival Masterclass with Carl Gabriel (7th October)

Start the month by immersing yourself in the art of Carnival with Carl Gabriel. An internationally renowned Trinidadian Carnival artist, Carl will share the traditional techniques of wire bending and papier-mâché, drawing from his 50-year career. This masterclass promises to be a colourful and creative experience.

An Evening With Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE (3rd October)

On the 3rd of October, the University of Bedfordshire proudly hosts Baroness Doreen Lawrence, OBE. This inspiring campaigner and social justice advocate will deliver a talk titled ‘A Legacy of Hope and Change.’ Be prepared to be moved by her words and her journey toward justice and equality.

Real Talk With Simply Deez Special Screening – Barrel Children + Q&A (12th October)

Join Simply Deez for a thought-provoking evening with a special screening of “Barrel Children: The Families Windrush Left Behind,” an award-winning debut film by journalist Nadine White. Explore the layered tales of Caribbean youngsters who grew up separated from their parents before reuniting in Britain. Stick around for a Q&A session to dive deeper.

Being Black in Luton (20th October)

Back by popular demand, the Culture Trust invites you to “Being Black in Luton.” This engaging evening discussion explores the history and experiences of the Black community in Luton. Partnered with local community activists and businesses, this event promises to foster open and meaningful conversations.

Luton Black Culture Business Market (21st October)

Experience a showcase of carefully curated Black businesses at the Luton Black Culture Business Market on the 21st of October. Located in The Hat Factory, this event brings together a variety of vendors offering unique products, materials, and culinary delights.

Steel Pan Workshop (24th October)

Always dreamed of learning to play the vibrant sounds of the steel pan? Don’t miss the Steel Pan Workshop on the 24th of October. Experts will guide you through the basics of playing this remarkable instrument, and you’ll even have the chance to learn a song.

A Gospel Celebration (28th October)

As the month draws to a close, prepare for an uplifting celebration of Gospel and inspirational music of Black origin on the 28th of October. From spirituals to contemporary tunes, this joyous celebration will touch your heart and uplift your spirits.

This Black History Month in Luton is a journey through culture, history, and creativity. Mark your calendars, engage in these incredible events and let’s step forward and celebrate each other’s diversity.

For more Black History Month events, visit The Culture Trust.

About the Author
Laura Redmond

Laura is a passionate supporter of the Step Forward Luton campaign and a Place Activation and Marketing Coordinator. Armed with a journalism degree and unwavering love for her university town, she believes there's more to Luton that meets the eye. From charity work to market management, Laura's professional journey has explored every corner of Luton. When she's not busy being a marketing maven, she's lacing up her walking shoes to explore the town's green spaces or unearthing Luton's hidden foodie gems.