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Black History Month

In the UK, October is the month of celebrating Black History. In Birmingham, there’s a Black Pound pop up shop in Great Western Arcade in town. Here, you can shop items from over 40 black founders in one place. Jamii has a pop up shop in MADE London and the Black Pound Day flagship store continues to permanently celebrate shopping from Black founders in London’s Westfield shopping centre.

Independence days


Cuba’s war for independence from Spain began in 1868. However, it was nearly 30 years before formal independence was declared in 1902 due to a war for independence from Spain. Cuba celebrates 120 years of independence on 10th October. 

Cuba's colourful buildings

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The last of the Winward Islands to gain their freedom from British rule, St. Vincent & The Grenadines celebrate 43 years of independence on 27 October. Read more about St. Vincent in this blog post.

The clocks go back

Remember the clocks go back on Sunday 30 October at 2 a.m. I'm sure your phone will do it automatically, but if you still have analogue clocks in the house like me, don’t forget to turn them back on Sunday morning.

Totes Towers

We will be celebrating Black History month by visiting the Caribbean Front Room installation at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, curated by Julie Whitter.

The exhibition, which runs from 1st-30th October offers a trip down memory lane, staging a typical front room and living room that would have been the hub of many Caribbean households in the later decades of the twentieth century.

More information can be found here.

The Front Room Exhibition at the Museum of the Home, Hackney

Source: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/


What are your thoughts on Black History month? Are you celebrating? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

Keep it Totes Caribbean

Simone, Chief Designer at Totes Caribbean x


Whilst you’re here, you should shop THE WEST INDIES range of items. The North, The South, The East, The WEST INDIES! This popular design (a parody of the popular North Face logo) celebrates being of West Indian/Caribbean heritage.


To find out more about Totes Caribbean, click the link here.

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