The George Padmore Institute is an archive, educational resource and research centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain and continental Europe.

Founded in 1991, we are based in North London where we often hold educational and cultural activities including talks and readings. We also publish relevant materials and are making our archives accessible to the general public.

Radical Libraries at the Annual DIY Cultures Festivals at Rich Mix

The GPI was recently approached to participate in an exhibition entitled Radical Libraries which is included in the annual DIY Cultures Festival  held by Rich Mix.

Radical Libraries explores the varied connections emanating from activism, archives and collections. The GPI's presence is in the form of three panels from its 'Dream to Change the World' exhibition which centre around the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books.

Launch of Gone To Drift by Diana McCaulay: 16 June

The George Padmore Institute and New Beacon Books have pleasure in inviting you to the UK launch of Gone To Drift  by Diana McCaulay who will be reading from and discussiing her new novel.

Thursday  16 June at 7 pm

76 Stroud Green Road N4 3EN


Cancellation of June 7 Event

The George Padmore Institute and New Beacon Books wish to apologise for the cancellation of the discussion FRATRICIDE & HOMICIDE: experiences of black men in the USA & the UK which was due to take place on Tuesday June 7.

Thandisizwe Chimurenga, one of the advertised writers, is currently unwell and unable to travel from the USA.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Join the GPI and New Beacon Books on Tuesday 7 June at 7pm to listen to writers Thandisizwe Chimurenga and Yvvette Edwards talk about their work and how they came to explore the ongoing fratricide and homicide that is decimating black communities both in the UK and the USA.


On Thursday 24 March the George Padmore Institute invites you to a screening of 'Legacy In the Dust: The Four Aces Story', a film by Winstan Whitter.

The documentary charts the rise and demise of 'The Four Aces Club', legendary music venue in East London over its thirty year life and the musicians who influenced the UK's soundscape.


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