Black History Season at Hackney CVS

Black History Season


Black History Season launch event

On 5 October the staff at Hackney CVS held a launch event for our Black History Season activities. We kicked off the event with a participatory performance by ACD-Arts, a cultural organisation that promotes contemporary and traditional African music and dance. Their mission is to promote and raise awareness of African art and culture through African drumming, traditional instruments, storytelling and dance.  The ACD-Arts performance was a great way to launch the Black History Season event.


Hackney CVS’s Black History Season Open Afternoon

On 18 October we invited the VCS, statutory partners and funders to experience our exhibition and to learn about some of the work we are undertaking on EDI and Anti-Racism.

The afternoon agenda included:

  • Lunch, accompanied by African drumming. Vegetarian and vegan lunch options available.
  • Workshop on Anti-Racism facilitated by BLM London. Followed by an update on Hackney CVS’s EDI and Anti-Racism strategy.
  • Drinks reception to close.

Thanks to all who joined us for the event.



Exhibition and lunch club portraits

We will also be celebrating the season of Black History and culture with an exhibition in our conference room. This exhibition showcases traditional and historical cultural memorabilia and explores modern-day Black activism. The exhibition will be open to the voluntary and community sector every Friday between 12pm to 2pm.

As part of the exhibition we are displaying some of the fascinating portraits taken at the Chats Lunch Club. The images were taken by Brian Whar, a local Hackney photographer.

Rachel King, Hackney CVS’s Lunch Clubs Coordinator, explains how the exhibition arose. “I met Brian at Chats Lunch Club’s special Windrush celebration in August,” says Rachel. “Brian is a photographer and film-maker based in Hackney and was taking professional portrait photos of the lunch club members, many of who are from the Windrush generation. It’s wonderful to have such beautiful photos of the lunch club members as a central part of our Black History Season exhibition. Chats members represent a very special generation in Hackney. Look out for a photo of Beatrice who started up the Chats Lunch Club in the early 1990s. Beatrice moved to Hackney from Jamaica in 1957 and has lived in the borough ever since.”


Images from the launch event