Kirklees celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month celebration event

On Friday night we organised a Black History Month celebration event. The event saw local musicians and dancers perform to an audience of over 200 people from Kirklees communities.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate Black History Month, support local businesses and performers, and to highlight the ‘Iroko Project’, a project of work we have developed with the local Black African & Caribbean communities.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said

“It was an honour and a privilege to be at Friday’s celebration event. Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of the Black community and here in Kirklees we have so many fine examples.


“The community have contributed so much to our local area through the economy and both socially and culturally. Friday’s event was an opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Black community who have strived to make Britain and Kirklees what it is today.


“The Iroko Project is one of the finest examples of collaboration work between the council and Kirklees communities I have seen during my time in local government. From the very beginning, Kirklees communities have been at the heart of the project be that through becoming project ambassadors, sharing their lived experiences or contributing to the action plan which will leave a lasting impact.


“It’s no surprise to me that this project has been nominated for a European Diversity award and regardless of the outcome I’m extremely proud of what’s been achieved.”

Shabir Pandor leader of the council opens the event

Performers on the night included Lamin Jassey (drumming performance), The Love Generation (one of the UK’s leading reggae tribute bands), Dance Emporium Group (Award winning local dance group), and Nicole Keri (DJ, Influencer and Actor).

Nicole Keri performs on stage

drumming performance from Lamin Jassey

Dance Emporium perform at event

The Love Generation band perform at event

As well as being treated to performances from local talent, the guests on the night experienced food from local businesses, Claire’s Kitchen and Rosiyk Food.

Kirklees community groups, organisations and individuals put on a variety of event throughout October – Black History Month 2021, Kirklees events

The Iroko Project is an innovative eight-month community-led initiative which has been nominated for a European Diversity Award in the ‘Community Project’ category.

The ten project ambassadors chose to name the project after the Iroko tree, a symbol of growth and healing found throughout West Africa

The project takes a culturally responsive co-production approach, where the Black community describe their lived experiences, their challenges, and their strengths and identify the steps and actions they feel will bring about impactful change

Mayor of Kirklees at the celebration event