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Celebrate Black History Month in West Sussex



Friday 14th October 7.00 pm

Big Draw and Black History Art Workshop

WORTHING LIBRARY Saturday 22nd October, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Further along the coast in Hastings the Afrikaba Festival is taking place throughout the month with storytelling, workshops, debate and much, much more.  For information go to:

For more information on Black History Month visit:


A WIDE range of free events for all the family to mark Black History month are being staged in West Sussex during October.

West Sussex Library Service is hosting a number of events across the county at:

Crawley Library:

· The Big Draw, a workshop celebrating South Asian culture in art, on Saturday October 15, between 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm. This is a Road to Crawley event in partnership with Crawley Black History Foundation.
· Storytime Special – Caribbean stories and activities for young children – Saturday October 29, staring at 9.45am.
· RnB Night – a free showcase for 14 to 19-year-olds of local talent featuring hip hop, soul and grime, Saturday October 29, starting at 8pm.

Artist Jo Harrison is holding workshops based on African fabrics and patterns at:

Bognor Regis Library: Saturday October 22, 10am-noon.
Worthing Library: Saturday October 22, 2pm–4pm.
Burgess Hill Library: Saturday October 29, 10am–noon
Horsham Library: Saturday October 29, 2pm–4pm

Best selling author Dorothy Koomson, author of The Chocolate Run and The Ice Cream Girls, will be talking about her writing and her new book The Woman He Loved Before at:

Worthing Library – Friday October 14, starting at 7 pm
Horsham Library – Friday October 28, starting at 7pm.

Both libraries will also be featuring an exhibition of local Black History presented by the Brighton and Hove Black History Project.

It will be at Worthing until Friday October 14 and at Horsham between Wednesday October 19 and Saturday October 29.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “This wide variety of events highlights the distinct contribution Black History has made to both our country and our county.

“We are keen to support the month because it underlines the vitality of the many communities that help to make up West Sussex.”

Other events include the launch of Worthing Black History Black at the Lime Cafe, 55 Chapel Road, between noon and 3pm on Saturday October 29.

The main themes will be:

Communities Working Together – then and now.
Celebrating diversity and build strong integrated communities

Activities will include African drumming, arts and crafts, music, stalls, face painting and the spoken word.

For more information, contact