Caribbean Diaspora events - UK

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Events with a Caribbean flavour in the UK


From history to culture to fete, Caribbean Intelligence provides dates for your UK diary with a love of and a respect for the Caribbean in mind..... 


Huddersfield Carnival

12-13 July: Here's what to expect.


Three West Indian men at Tillbury Docks in the 1950s

Windrush: Songs in a strange land

Till 21 October : A free exhibition at the British Library.

The Entrance Hall, the British Library. This exhibition is free.


Caribbean focus at the British Library

There's more going on as the British Library hosts its Windrush exhibition. Click here for more comedy and cultural events.


'Riots to Real Estate: A Look at the Housing and Economic Access since Windrush'

12 July: Part of the Windrush series organised by Black History Studies


Drums and Colours: the Early Works of Walcott

13 July: Burt Caesar directs the first ever UK presentation of Derek Walcott’s epic play, Drums and Colours, followed by a panel conversation exploring the early life of the St Lucian poet, led by Walcott specialist Maria Cristina Fumagalli.
Taking place at The Knowledge Centre at the British Library.


Rum and Reggae Festival: Edinburgh

21 July. Tickets online.

Rum and Reggae Festival: Leeds

28 July: Grab your tickets online.


Leicester Carnival

4 August.


Nottingham Carnival

12 August. 


Rum and Reggae Festival: Liverpool

18 August: Tickets available online.


2018 Get Mad Fest

25 August – The Troxy is the venue for one of the pre-Notting Hill Carnival events.



A Far Cry from London: The Sound of the Caribbean Voice

3 September: BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943 to 1958) kick-started a new West Indian literary tradition in the UK. Radio producer Colin Grant shares the sounds of the show and celebrates the Caribbean voice with a night of poetry, audio, and discussions. Featuring Emily Zobel Marshal, Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahiim, and Philip Nanton. The Knowledge Centre at the British Library.

London is the Place for Me

15 September: A weekend festival of Caribbean literature and liming: two days of vibrant performance, panels and events celebrating Caribbean culture.
Knowledge Centre, British Library.

Monsieur Seven Seas: A Tribute to Derek Walcott

21 September: Join poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell and fellow poets, friends, collaborators and former students of Derek Walcott to pay celebratory tribute. Expect readings and informal conversation.
The Knowledge Centre at the British Library.

Pop Story Gi Wi: A Celebration of Miss Lou

23 September: Storytellers Jan Blake and Amina Blackwood Meeks and poet Val Bloom share stories and poems inspired by the late Jamaican folklorist Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou).
Knowledge Centre, British Library.

Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration

24 September: Immerse yourself in the rich history, heritage, literature and visual arts of the French Caribbean and its diaspora in this study day.
Knowledge Centre, British Library.


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