In celebration of Black History Month community events exploring diversity are being held throughout October. Here is our guide.

Members of Flamboyan, a carnival group based in Fernhead Road, North Paddington, have been busy making preparations for an costume exhibition celebrating their heritage.

Band leader Gloria Cummins, 69, spent more than 20 years in her native Trinidad. Every year, she helps makes costumes for carnival but this year she has challenged students at Westminster Academy, in Harrow Road, Westbourne Green, to create some of their own designs.

"The idea behind the exhibition is to get children finding out about each other's heritage," she explained. "Carnival is one of the most multi-racial events in the world, you see people from all different backgrounds coming together. As they are making the costumes and head-pieces, they question each other about their beliefs and cultures. "

The exhibition goes on display at London Print Studio in Harrow Road, North Paddington, tormorrow. For more information call 020 8969 3247 or see


Saturday, October 4
A wooden puppet show called Handa's Surprise will transport theatre-goers to Kenya. It features African songs and will be performed at the Lyric Theatre in King Street, Hammersmith. For more information visit or call 08712 211 729.

Sunday, October 5
Free walk exploring Hammersmith's black history. Meet at Hammersmith and Fulham TIC in Hammersmith Broadway next to Smolenskys. Call Simon on 07720 715 295 or email for details.

Wednesday, October 8, onwards
Yaa Asantewaa in Chippenham Mews, North Paddington. Artist Dawn Belcot will exhibit her work, based on both her Caribbean and British heritage. The display is open from 1pm-6pm on Wednesday, October 8, and from 1pm-9pm for the rest of the month.

Thursday, October 9
A steel pan workshop with the Mangrove Steel Band is taking place at the Tabernacle in Powis Square, Notting Hill. To book contact the arts service on 020 7361 3204 or email