Black History Studies


Workshops and Film Screenings


12.00pm – Film Screening: BHS Premiere of ‘Wax Print: 1 Fabric, 4 Continents, 200 Years of History’ (2018) by Aiwan Obinyan

Back by popular demand!

In African homes across the world a benign textile lies unassuming and taken for granted. With a multitude of names from ‘Dutch Wax’ to ‘Liputa’ and ‘Kitenge’ to ‘Ankara’ this textile has become an important part of African cultures across the diaspora. A symbol of strength and identity in the face of oppression.

Surprised to learn from her Nigerian grandmother that ‘traditional’ African wax printed fabrics were a colonial invention made in the UK and Holland, British-born filmmaker and fashion designer, Aiwan Obinyan, sets out on a journey across four continents to trace the two-hundred year history of this iconic textile that has come to visually represent Africa and Africans.

The Industrial Revolution. Cotton is king. Mills across Europe spin and weave cotton sourced from North America. Colonialism leads to the discovery of batik in Indonesia. Dutch and English traders copy the designs and industrial innovators mechanise the process leading to the creation of Wax Prints. In the scramble for Africa, Wax prints are brought on merchant ships and sold by missionary trading companies in the bustling markets and village squares of West Africa. Local women are economically and politically empowered by this new import. Business is booming for all. But at what cost?

The late 20th century sees the influx of Chinese counterfeiters flooding the market with cheap copies (?), business declines and one by one the big Wax Print companies close their doors. From this decline emerges a new cottage industry, where designers reclaim the means of production in their homes, studios and local communities.

But when all is said and done, is Wax Print African? And who gets to decide?

Screening will be followed with a Q&A with Director Aiwan Obinyan, a Nigerian-British, Filmmaker, Composer and Fashion Designer.

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Children Activity: ‘Toys from Trash’ Toy Making Workshop with Rijole Bitata of S.T.E.A.M Power

These bite size workshops by S.T.E.A.M Power (from dreamers to innovators)  and Abundance Centre Croydon uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) led activities that help to raise children’s aspirations and cognitive abilities.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In this workshop, children will gain a better understanding of science and maths while making toys from household materials usually thrown away. 

2.00pm – Film Screening: BHS Premiere ‘LIYANA’ (2017) by Aaron and Amanda Kopp

Age: 8+

Liyana is a thrilling, beautifully-illustrated fictional tale of a young girl on a perilous quest to reunite with her brothers. At the same time, it’s a compelling documentary following the lives of five amazing children from an orphanage in Swaziland. Together with their wonderful storytelling teacher, these bright and captivating youngsters transform their difficult experiences through narrative to collectively craft Liyana’s tale. An ode to the power of storytelling and the strength of the human spirit, Liyana is an uplifting, genre-defying film not to be missed.

Note: while sensitively handled, film deals with challenging family histories and lingering impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

3.00pm – 5.00pm – Children Activity: ‘TOON IN’ Cartoon Drawing Workshop by Peter Payne

Come along and have some fun learning how to draw cartoons and the odd toon trick to impress your friends. From age 7 to adult.

About Peter Payne:I started getting into drawing from around the age of 7 and I was into collecting comics and drawing from them in addition to that, I loved watching animated cartoons being fascinated by how animation works. I studied Art at school and went onto studying Graphic Design after which I started work in the Animation industry specializing in 2d hand drawn animation having worked for 3 animation studios, one of which produced a feature length animated film that I worked on as an assistant animator/clean-up artist as well as on my own animated films on Super 8 cine film.

In more recent times I have run cartoon drawing workshops aimed at beginners both for adults and children worked on activity books as well as having my own You tube channel which contains how to draw and animation videos. In addition to that I have created still cartoons for an online alternative news and current affairs show named RADTV UK illustrating various news items.

4.00pm – Presentation: The Grow Personal Success (GPS) Mind Set Where The Secret (Law of Attraction) meets Think & Grow RICH By Tony Biola Dada

Tony Dada is an Awarding winning Empowerment Coach & Conscious Creative Social Entrepreneur. He is the author of the book “The GPS System” – 7 Universal Principles for Growing Personal Success and creator of the empowerment programme of the same name.

The MIND: “The greatest gift that God has given to man is his mind, yet few have ever thought of how to best employ it for personal growth.” Tony Biola Dada

In the presentation learn;

  • About the Grow Personal Success System and the 5 pillars of success formula
  • Why Suicide, caused by mental imbalance, is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in our society today and how you can address this.
  • Why Mental Health is a growing problem especially in the BAME community and what you can do about it.
  • Why you must have a vision of success – Your life literally depends on it.
  • Whether you have a Prosperity or Poverty Mind Set and how you can change your Mind Set.
  • How I used my Mind and the magic key to attract my Spiritual Mentor (Bro Ishmael Tetteh from Ghana) and my Billionaire Business Mentor (Errol Abramson from Canada) into my life and enter into partnerships with both of them.
  • How to handle pain through using the “Mind-Reset”.
  • Whether you have a LACK or ABUNDANCE relationship with money and life.
  • Why in any business venture MONEY is the last thing you need and what is the first thing
  • How as investors in people you can receive investment through our £100k DADA scholarship fund
  • Plus much more

5.00pm – Film Screening: UK Premiere of ‘The Black Love Blueprint Film: Ending The War Between Black Men and Women’ (2019) by Dorian Chandler


This is a topic that has stimulated conversation across the globe as we seek solutions for the next generation. It is also one that is oft-mentioned as mainstream media seeks to create a war between Black men and Black women. In this powerful film, we gather experts and real-life couples from all walks of life to discuss Black love and its complexities.

We talk about the issues that we’re having with one another, how to overcome them and the factors that shape our relationship outcomes, both individually and collectively. Take a look at this creation by Boyce Watkins Films and make the decision to celebrate the power of Black-on-Black love.

6.00pm – 9.00pm – Intergenerational Family Activity: ‘Digital Retreat Boardgames’ Workshop by Theresa Hatchett

Theresa Hatchett helps parents and children find balance between social media and nature through her parent support work. Urban Adventure offers indoor and outdoor family activities.  As  a grandmother, mother and businesswomen, I help parents create intergenerational bright spots moments and images with their children using nature and art to support the process. Urban Adventure/Nature Gifts established in 2016. 

7.30pm: Presentation: ‘Jumpstart Your Financial Future’ by Daryl Harper

Money and Finance is a subject that many people are either never taught in school, they don’t understand or, more often than not, they shy away from. This lack of knowledge and financial illiteracy has left many people struggling to get out of the rat race, the monotony of just surviving and living from pay cheque to pay cheque. 

This is your opportunity to learn some simple steps that can impact and change your life dramatically. It’s time to learn how to win the money game, protect your family, get your money to work as hard for you as you work for it, accelerate your mortgage, pay consumer debts off faster, save, make and get better value for your money and position yourself for a comfortable retirement.

Daryl Harper is a dynamic, energetic, infectious speaker, who always delivers from the heart and aims to provoke you into taking positive actions in the right direction. While teaching at a college, Daryl’s passion for mentoring, equipping and coaching grew. He noticed that there was nowhere in the educational system that empowered people in the area of finance and there was a MASSIVE gap. An interest in financial education, personal development and leadership was birthed and he later found mentors and coaches who were very successful in the financial service arena. He went on to get trained and qualified to deliver financial education and has been working in the field since 2008.

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