Black History Month Exhibition 

12- 30 October

Black History Month Flyer-cutout

October is Black History Month, and we are hosting a community-led exhibition at North Edinburgh Arts which aims to shine a light on the experiences of Black people living in Muirhouse and the history of anti-racist movements in the area.

We will be showing a range of short films about community-led anti-racism campaigning in the area. These films will accompany the free exhibition in our café area, which will be on display between 12 – 30 October, Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Film Screenings:

Tuesday 20 October, 3 – 4:30pm

Thursday 22 October, 3 – 4:30pm

Wednesday 28 October, 3 – 4:30pm

Closing Event:

Friday 30 October, 2 – 4pm

To book your place, please contact us on 0131 315 2151 or at admin@northedinburgharts.co.uk. Due to current restrictions there are limited spaces available, and we ask that audience members wear a mask during the screening.  Audience members for the film screenings must be aged 14 and over.

The exhibition is supported by Passion4Fusion and films are being shown courtesy of Screen Education Edinburgh.

“North Edinburgh Arts was a huge part of supporting our BAME community during the lockdown providing culturally appropriate support, they got to know our community and various issues we face. Passion4Fusion felt that working with them to celebrate Black History Month was a natural progression.” Passion4Fusion

Join Black History Month online

If you’re unable to join us for one of the film screenings at North Edinburgh Arts, you can still participate and watch some interesting films online. Edinburgh International Book Festival has prepared a selection of online films exploring themes relating to the Black History Month that you might enjoy.  (Please click on the title to watch your chosen videos on YouTube.)


Race and class have shaped the world of MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, poet and political commentator Akala. In his book Natives, he considers his own experiences in both childhood and as an adult, and connects them to the social, political and historical context that examines race in the UK today.

Bernardine Evaristo

Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo charts the intersecting lives of twelve characters, and illuminates the complex forms discrimination can take. It recently became the first novel by a Black British woman to top the UK paperback fiction chart. In this event, she discusses her work and ideas with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Roger Robinson

A fixture of the UK spoken word scene for many years, Robinson rocketed to national prominence last year when his third poetry collection, A Portable Paradise, won the T S Eliot Prize. From the ongoing injustices of Grenfell to the pains and pleasures of family life, he unpacks the cosmos of ideas that make up A Portable Paradise with fellow poet Kei Miller.

DeRay Mckesson

In 2014 DeRay Mckesson quit his job and moved to Ferguson, Missouri to protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown Jr, an unarmed African-American teenager. He spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist and helped bring the Black Lives Matter movement into existence. Here, he talks about his deeply-moving book, On the Other Side of Freedom.

Amelia Gentleman

Journalist Amelia Gentleman won an Orwell Prize for her investigation into the Windrush Scandal, which led to her page-turning book, The Windrush Betrayal, which probes the morality of modern Britain. Amelia Gentleman talks to Matthew Ryder QC, the barrister who represented Stephen Lawrence’s family in their claim against the Metropolitan Police

Patrice Lawrence and Bali Rai

(Children’s event age 8+)

Discover two exciting stories which celebrate some of the diverse, unsung historical figures who arrived on Britain’s shores and made it their home. Patrice Lawrence transports you to the slums of Elizabethan London in Diver’s Daughter: A Tudor Story, where East African girl Eve and her family become involved in a perilous shipwreck salvaging mission. Bestseller Bali Rai’s Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story follows Fazal Khan from his Indian home to the battlefields of the Second World War, where bombs from above and discrimination from other soldiers threaten his life.

Previous exhibitions:

Capturing Indians by Hermann Rodrigues 

Wed 16 March – Fri 10 April

Capturing Indians

An exhibition of colourful photographs taken by Indian born Hermann Rodrigues during his travels across India, along with images capturing the diversity of the Indian community in Scotland.

Beyond the Edges by Angelica Kroeger

Thu 19 March – Mon 23 March 2020

Beyond the edges

Over the course of 12 short films, Angelica Kroeger explores fear of death, meaning of life, ageing and loss. You are invited to listen and to watch, mainly to listen and hopefully feel inspired to ask your own questions about the finitude of life. To learn more about Angelica and her work, please visit her website here.

This multi-screen installation is open for viewing at the theatre the following times:

Thu 19 March, 2pm – 8pm

Fri 20 March, 10am – 8pm

Sat 21 March, 10am – 2pm

Mon 23 March, 10 am – 3pm

Free admission