Black History Month events happening in Glasgow

Light box displaying Black History Month

**Originally published 08/10/2021**

This year’s Black History Month marks the 20th year of the month happening in Scotland. With so much to do and see around the city we have captured some of the best events on offer in the city. From exhibitions to live music there is something for everyone to learn more about the contribution black people have made to Scotland. Moreover to explore the challenges they have faced and overcome.

You can find out more about what is happening at Strath Union by visiting our dedicated Black History Month page and following along on our socials across the month: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Black History Month Events


 #1 – ‘It wisnae us’: The truth about Glasgow and slavery

This exhibition can be found at Kibble Palace, in the Botanic Gardens this month. It provides insight into Glasgow’s Built Heritage and the role of slavery in Glasgow’s past. Running from October 4th until the 24th between 10.00 and 16.15. It is free to attend simply head down to the gardens. Alternatively you can follow the link above to the interactive pages about the exhibition.

#2 – Celebrating Scotland’s black football pioneers

The Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park runs stadium tours and hosts exhibitions. To celebrate Black History Month they are highlighting the stories of prominent black footballers, from Andrew Watson to Ifeoma Dieke. Running until October 29th you can book your visit on their website.


#3 – African wall art and tales by lantern light

This workshop is running at the Hidden Gardens within Scotland’s Sanctuary Gardens. With a focus on mural arts from different parts of Africa visitors will have the chance to create their own this Black History Month. Moreover, the space provides an opportunity to enjoy nature and community gardens with stories told by lantern light. Running on October 22nd from 15:00 to 18:00. 

#4 – The great black history quiz night

Ready to test your knowledge? Head down to the Soulsa Cafe on Glassford Street for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights popular great black history quiz night. Running on October 12th from 18:00 onwards.

#5 – CRER walking tours 

Let CRER guide you through the city of Glasgow and teach you all about the connections with tobacco, slavery and the abolition movement. This is a walking tour starting at the David Livingstone statue in Cathedral Square located in front of Glasgow Cathedral ending at the Gallery of Modern Art on Queen Street. These walking tours will run on October 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 13:00 until 15:00.

#6 – Black Britannica 

This film screening is part of Glasgow Film Theatre programme celebrating Black History Month. It is a remastered version of the original 1978 documentary, exploring the history of black people in Britain since colonialism. Showing on October 11th at 18:00 followed by a panel discussion with Mary Osei-Oppong, Tawona Sithole, Graham Campbell and Ndaye Lisa Badji.


#7 – Glasgow Gospel Choir concert

Glasgow Gospel Choir is Glasgow’s premier gospel music outfit. They will be putting on two shows this Black History Month, performing traditional gospel, African songs and gospel takes on modern classics. Happening on October 14th from 19:30 until 21:30 at Stereo and October 30th from 19:30 to 21:30 at Wellington Church off University Avenue.

#8 – The Hunterian Talks 

Led by The Hunterian’s curators every Tuesday this Black History Month October a series of free talks. Exploring the museum collection’s cultural legacy investigating Scotland’s complicity in slavery and colonialism. Talks are all online and free to join with more information on their website. 

You might be interested in our article showcasing 10 Female Black writers you should be reading. 

You can find even more events on this Black History Month by visiting the Black History Month Scotland website. The programme presented by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights features a host of events from talks, concerts, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions and more.