Thamesmead Market celebrates Black History Month

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To mark Black History Month, a celebration of the achievements and contributions of the black community, the final Thamesmead Market of the year will showcase the best of African and Caribbean food from local traders – including Smokey Suya, Infinite Catering and award-winning Back-A-Yard Grill.

The market, which will take place on 11 October – from 12pm until 4pm, will also feature an open-air gallery, where art from Bow Art artists will be on show to view and buy. Local artist Rob Schwarz will also be there to sell his African based art inspired by his trips to Kenya.

We will also be joined by artistic duo Scully and Scully who will screen trailers, from a handmade pop-up cinema, of popular Nigerian films – also known as Nollywood. The trailers, which feature well-known Nigerian actors, many of whom live in Thamesmead, has been handpicked by local artist Helena Foster, who is of Nigerian heritage.

As well as fantastic local food and art, the Thamesmead Market will include an array of craft stalls where you can pick up a bargain just in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for Ankara print accessories, Luhoc Creative will be on hand to help you pick the perfect addition for you. If you’d like to spruce up your home with hand-painted glassware, you can visit Daisy Designs for unique creations and if you’re looking for something for the kids, Glitter Girls, a stall selling toys, will be there to help.

On the day we will also be joined by the Dr Bike team who will be on-hand to give your bike a FREE health check and our Making Space for Nature team can answer any questions about growing food at home or getting involved with our nature-based projects.

We look forward to seeing you there.