Published on Sunday September 25th, 2016 by Afrocks

15 Black Business and Cultural Events to Network, Learn and Relax

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Networking and meeting people is essential when starting up or growing a business. Whether you like it or not, as a small business owner or as the person representing the business, you will have to get out of your shop, your lab or switch off the computer and talk to people. I mean face-to-face.

To be honest with you, I am not very good at talking to random people or pitch my business in front of an avid audience. As a geek, I feel more comfortable in front of my screen, fixing bugs and programming. But hey! Let me tell you: As I attended several high profile black business events packed with successful afro-caribbean bankers, media gurus or scientists (All very nice people by the way!), there was ONE thing that really struck me; all these successful people mentioned that looking back now, if they could have done something better, it would have been to network more and talk to people. WOW!
In fact, a ComRes poll for British Library shows that 62% of British adults have never attended a networking event. And if they do try to network, they don’t enjoy it…I know the feeling of being stuck, clutching a glass of red wine like there’s no tomorrow in one hand, whilst nervously scrolling down your Twitter feed with your other hand. Trying to look businessly busy or concerned, ha!

Well let me tell you, there are two things I can suggest to make things better:
1. Just go anyway, drink that glass of wine straight and talk to the first person on your right
2. Try to attend non business related black events where you will actually feel more comfortable talking to people. And yes, you will see that people will talk to you and enquire about your life (I mean your business, but it’s the same right?)

I have just drafted a small list of black events where you will be able to network/learn/chill out or sell your products. Enjoy!

Let’s Talk Access to Finance Disrupted!
28th September 2016 – London

What is it about:  An evening dedicated to discussion around how to access financing for small and medium businesses led by women from ethnic minorities.  In addition, there will also be a dialogue around how digital is disrupting financing and lending.
Price: FREE! just need to register in advance!
Info: Click here to register your tickets


iCAN social/network eve
29th September 2016 – London

black-networkWhat is it about:  An informal evening for African and Caribbean heritage people to chat, network and just enjoy each others company in a no-pressure setting. This started from a group of Black people who work in the Canary Wharf area that would get together in a social gathering with no specific agenda other than to meet each other and make links.  These links are both professional and social.  The idea is to share our collective thoughts, meet like-minded individuals and form alliances which may be of great help in the future.
Price: FREE! just need to register in advance!
Info: Click here to register your tickets.

Natural Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle Show
1st October 2016 – Birmingham


What is it about: Natural Strutting It is Birmingham’s first natural hair show! Come out and join to celebrate, educate and have fun all at the same time!
Price: Between £5.31 and £23.84 depending if you want to attend workshops.
Info: Click here to book your tickets.


Afro Beauty Culture at The Pop Up Shop
7th October 2016 – London


What is it about: Celebrating Afro Beauty Culture at Lambeth College The Careers College Pop Up Shop Enterprise Experience….Come and visit our enterprising college and check out Hair Accessories. Customised Greeting Cards. Gift Hampers. Ethnic Jewellery. Bags & Artefacts. Shea Butter & lots more!
Price: FREE! just need to register in advance!
Info: Click here to register your tickets

Black History Month: Brixton Walk
8th October – London


What is it about: Starting at Herne Hill, you will walk through Brixton and discover the evolution of Black culture through talks and activities about local musicians, artists and political activists. The walk will end with a visit to the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square, Brixton, and the option to stay for lunch in the café.
Price: FREE! just need to register in advance!
Info: Click here to register your tickets

Pineapple Punch Festival
8th October – Enfield


What is it about: Pineapple Punch Festival is a one day multi disciplinary event celebrating Black British Culture, Arts, and History. its a family event with activities suitable for all ages. Activities include african popup market, taster classes: Afrikan Yoga, Afrikan Martial Arts, Zumba, Salsa, Bachata and much more. Sounds like good fun to be honest!
Price: £5.90, looks like a bargain to me!
Info: Click here to register your tickets. You can check out the website here Pineapple Punch

Afro-Caribbean Business Networking Event
11th October 2016 – London


What is it about: This is a classic networking event organised by Goodaz Gold event. There will be group discussion, presentation and even pitch sessions!
Price: Between £2.50 – £10. There is also the possibility to buy a stall if you are a business owner.
Info: You can buy your tickets online here

15th October 2016 – London


What is it about: The 3rd CREOLE DAY FESTIVAL will take place in London @ St Anne’s Hall SE11 5AY. Once again it will be a special celebration of the success and achievement of the Caribbean French Creole speaking diaspora in London.
As I am from french creole speaking caribbean, I can only recommend this event! Plus I have many friends that will be attending and presenting.
Price: £8 for adults and £2 for kids.
Info: You can buy your tickets online here

Leaders in the Revolution; Women and Youth
21st October 2016 – Manchester


What is it about:The conference aims to influence and strengthen established mechanism or institutions with a view to formulating, implementing, and monitoring policies to combat
– Racism
– Racial oppression
– Exclusion from politics
To promote and enable:
– Access to law
– Economic development
And to recognise:
– The impact of marginalisation through the experiences of Black women and young people
Price: Between £5.90 and £14.40 on eventbrite
Info: You can buy your tickets online here

22nd October 2016 – London


What is it about: October is definitely the creole month with the second event of october. Organised by Zil’oKA, the french caribbean gwoka group, this day promises to be a fantastic one: creole activities, guest artists and hot food available!
Price: £5 entry, £12 with food. Free for kids under 12
Info: For more information have a look at the Facebook event

Luton Black Men Community Group – Economic Empowerment
23rd October – Luton


What is it about: A day filled with Economic Empowering solutions for anyone to use and people will have the opportunity sign-up to the presenters products and services on the day to improve their lives. These solutions are also the springboard to better financial health and awareness. You will also have the opportunity to network afterwards.
Price: Free if you register in advance, £5 on the door.
Info: If you want to book your ticket you can click here

1st November – Manchester


What is it about: The primary purpose of the festival is to create a platform on which Black and African positive history and rich culture is shared and talked about. For 2016, BSFF will host its first event showcasing – through films – the rich history, values, and culture of people of pan-African origin and also to highlight the achievements of ancestral heroes and their contribution to shaping the world as we know it now.
Price: This event is free to attend!
Info: If you want to book your ticket you can click here

Natural November
Between 12th Nov – 26th Nov – Birmingham, London & Manchester nn

What is it about: The aim of Natural November is to offer an alternative and to showcase the very best in natural hair and beauty products, holistic health products and tools, delicious raw and vegan food, Afrocentric fashion and accessories, cultural art and crafts, economic empowerment, business advice, inspiring books and educational seminars.
Price: £5 in advance and £10 on the door.
Info: You can have more info and book your tickets on the website Natural November

The Black Market & Film Festival
12th November 2016 – London


What is it about: The ninth Black Market & Film Festival is an event to showcase, expose and connect Black cultural and creative entrepreneurs to the community and to provide a platform to sell their products, promote their skills and engage with the local and surrounding community.
Price: £6.50 in advance and £8 on the door
Info: You can book your tickets here

17th December 2016 – London


What is it about: Entrepren’us is a vibrant indoor market offering bespoke good and services. Entrepren’us aims to promote, showcase and celebrate independent entrepreneurship. After 2 successful editions, they are back for what promises to be the best Entrepren’us market! You will find an indoor market, workshops, hot food and live entertainment. 
Price: Free entrance!
Info: Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Do you know about any upcoming events?

Herve Despois,
Founder & CEO at Afrocks

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