Black on the Square 2023: What Is It And How To Get Involved

By Ellie Smith

9 months ago

The Mayor of London's new festival showcases London’s Black creative talent

A brand-new, free event coming to London this weekend is all about celebrating Black culture. Here’s everything you need to know about Black on the Square.

Black on the Square 2023: What Is It and How To Get Involved

Taking place in Trafalgar Square on 2 September 2023, Black on the Square is helmed by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The first event of its kind, the family-friendly festival will feature a mixture of spoken word, music and dance – all showcasing the ‘vitality and originality of London’s Black culture and creativity’.

The eclectic music line-up includes everything from rap to soul and jazz, featuring DJ sets and live music from artists like MOBO Unsung, Touching Bass, and Shortee Blitz – all hosted by Rinse FM’s Goldie Quaker. Alongside this, the main stage will see performances from singer Enny and rappers BXKS – plus freestyle raps from Spit Game UK. 


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Art will be central to the event too. An exhibition by Jennie Baptsite will explore the Black British experience through the lens of photography, alongside documentaries and films from names like Aliyah Hasinah and Rakiya Hasan.

Throughout the day, festival goers can enjoy Caribbean and African food from Black-owned businesses, plus shop artisan goods from an array of vendors – with everything from homeware to accessories and crafts on offer.

Speaking about the event, Sadiq said: ‘Our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will celebrate it at every opportunity as we continue to build a better, more equitable and prosperous city for all.

‘London’s Black communities are a vital part of the rich fabric of our city, and I am proud that this brand new, free event will showcase and champion the sheer breadth of the capital’s Black creative talent.’

The celebration is set to become a regular feature in London’s calendar of cultural events.

When Is It?

Black on the Square takes place on 2 September 2023 from 12 – 6pm.

How To Get Involved

The festival is completely free to attend, with no tickets required. For more information visit