BOXPARK, London’s biggest food, culture and entertainment hub presents a host of events this October in celebration of Black History Month. Throughout the month, expect a series of panel discussions, live performances, visual art exhibitions, and a physical shopping experience.
Running across all its London venues, the events aim to recognise the diverse cultural make-up of each local community that BOXPARK serves, and will explore a range of topics from creative arts to business, and history to culture.
‘Made You Look’ – Art Exhibition
Where: BOXPARK Shoreditch & BOXPARK Croydon
Date: Throughout October
What’s happening: BOXPARK has partnered with visual storyteller Julian George to create an artistic celebration of talented Black chefs, at all levels. The project, ‘Made You Look’ will feature 11 of the country’s best Black chefs across 18 art exhibition panels at BOXPARK Shoreditch and Croydon.
The project is designed to raise awareness and champion Black chefs, posing a question to the wider restaurant industry, food media and broader food world on why nobody is talking about these incredible chefs and the work they are doing.
The exhibition will showcase BOXPARK’s very own Black chefs including Matin & Michelle Miah of Rudie’s, Mike Springer of Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen, and Jacqueline Codougan of Mama Jacq’s. Other chefs involved include the following:
Brian Mwangi, Sous Chef at Carousel Restaurant
James Cochran, Executive Chef and Owner of 12:51
Jermaine Cunningham, Group, Pastry Chef at The Test Kitchen
Mussa Fati, Executive Chef at The Ned London
William J M Chilila, Head Chef at Akoko Restaurant
Elody Kolden Tchuente, French Chef, and Owner of Kolden Kitchen
Jason Howard, Executive Chef / Private Events / Consultant & Founder of Culinary Caribbean Collective
Keith Gumbs, Head Chef at Ormer Mayfair
Opeoluwa Odutayo, Chef De Partie at Albright, Female Members Club in Mayfair
Made By Human’s Creative Director, Julian George says: “It’s an honour to have these amazingly talented chefs trust me to do their portraits and reflect a moment in time. This is a celebration of talent and of achievement that I hope will inspire the next generation of great chefs to come. I am grateful that BOXPARK understood my vision behind the project and were so welcoming of the concept, as part of their wider programme of events and displays for Black History Month.”
Panel Talks & Performances
‘BOXPARK Croydon: Creative arts career pathways – how to get your foot in the door’
On the panel are three talented Black creatives from London who will come together to explore how access to creative careers can be improved, how to tackle some of the most common challenges faced as a Black individual, and share their own stories and personal advice hoping to inspire those seeking a future in the creative industry.
Join BOXPARK Croydon from 7pm – 9pm on Thursday 15th October for an exciting panel discussion, followed by a live performance by homegrown South London musician Loyle Carner. Everyone is welcome.
The panel line-up includes Natalie Maddix, Founder & Creative Director of House Gospel Choir, and Ashley Verse, Grime Music Photographer.
‘BOXPARK Wembley: Celebrating emerging Black enterprises’
Recent research shows that ethnic minority businesses (EMBs) contributed a staggering £25 billion to the UK economy in 2018 – equivalent to the economic contribution of Greater Manchester – but many are being held back by barriers which hinder their growth.
The representation of Black people in senior management positions is disproportionate and the number of British Black entrepreneurs is even more shocking. But a group of successful Black business owners on the panel hope to encourage members of the Black community to push the barriers and realise their goals are attainable. The panel line-up includes Isabelle White, Founder of Image Gang, and Khalia Ismain, Founder of Jamii.
‘BOXPARK Shoreditch: Black Identity – how history has shaped British communities today’
From the Windrush scandal to the Commonwealth Immigrants Act, and the British Black Panther Party to the inception of Notting Hill Carnival, these events created significant moments in Black British history which have impacted the cultural identity of Black individuals today.
With the Black Lives Matter movement aiming to tackle racial inequality and achieve social justice, BOXPARK has invited a social and political commentator, representatives of Caribbean history, and Black rights activist to discuss what it means to be Black in today’s society and how to create a sense of belonging among communities.