The African Descendants Forum Gallery

Welcome to our continually developing ADF Gallery.

The gallery celebrates, commemorates and informs our ADF members and the work they do in their communities.



Prince Re:Imagined

Prince, known for his incredible musicianship and flamboyant stage presence, influenced generations of musicians, singers and fans.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre teamed up with local artist Hardeep Singh Sahota to launch a new Arts Council England funded project called ‘Prince Reimagined’, a live performace featuring various artists reimagining iconic songs into different genres from around the world.

His songbook is one of the most enigmatic and prolific created by any artist; while his celebration of diversity, sexuality and identity has struck a chord with people across the world.

Watch our video about the event here:

Also watch the performance in its entirety here:

Huddersfield Carnival 2023

Huddersfield Carnival made its highly-anticipated return to Greenhead Park on the 8th of July, 2023.

Attendees were swept away by a celebration of Caribbean culture, with vibrant music, captivating dance performances, delectable cuisine, and a jubilant atmosphere throughout!

Even better, the Official Huddersfield Carnival Procession returned to the streets of Huddersfield in an explosion of music, colour and dance.

Parffinalia 75 Windrush Exhibition

Kirklees Local TV, in partnership with Kirklees Council, the council’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employee network, and local community organisations, hosted ‘Paraffinalia’, an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of Windrush in Huddersfield town centre.

‘Paraffinalia’ illustrated the history, aspirations, and contributions of the UK’s local and national Windrush generations.

The exhibition incorporated a wide range of artistic mediums, such as art, displays, literature, textiles, and multimedia installations, in one single space.

Visitors were treated to an immersive experience as they strolled through the carefully curated displays, with ten distinct zones representing different aspects of the Windrush story.

Deighton Carnival 2023

The Deighton Carnival returned for the 22nd time this year, with artists from as far afield as Wales and London. Dancers and Carnival troupes brought the party mood under the midday sun.

This event has been eagerly anticipated every year as it provides a huge area for the Ashbrow ward to show its creativity and community spirit, with stage performances from various acts throughout the day and fairground rides for both kids and adults.

Watch our hour-long film covering the event here:

ADIRA Black Mental Health Conference 2023

In April 2023, ADIRA, an award-winning survivor-led mental health & well-being organisation, hosted its annual conference at St Mary’s Church in Sheffield.

‘Mental Health, Abuse and Culture in the Black Community’ aimed to bring together experts by experience, organisations, professionals and local community groups to have uncomfortable conversations and to raise awareness in the black community of the issues around mental health, culture and abuse. The conference also aimed to educate and inform people from outside the Black community regarding these issues.

Photos by Noah Buchannan

As part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival’s commitment to #keepfestivalshybrid, KLTV were commissioned to deliver several hybrid streams for attendees to watch online.

Much-loved British actor and playwright Paterson Joseph talks about his celebrated career and his captivating debut novel, based on the true-life story of Charles Ignatius Sancho, who was born on a slave ship and became the first Black person to vote in Britain.

Watch highlights from the event here:

Photos by Elliott Patrice

A Discussion with Author Jeffrey Boakye | Huddersfield Literature Festival 2023

As part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival’s commitment to #keepfestivalhybrid, KLTV were commissioned to deliver several hybrid streams for attendees to watch online.

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster and educator with a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race, masculinity and popular culture. Originally from Brixton in London, Jeffrey taught English to 11- to 18-year-olds for 15 years.

He is the co-host on BBC R4’s Add to Playlist with Cerys Matthews, Senior Teaching Fellow at Manchester Institute of Education and an occasional journalist.

In I Heard What You Said, he reports what he has discovered about the underlying habits, presumptions, silences and distortions that underpin the whole British educational system, experienced by black students and teachers.

Watch the highlights from the event here:

Photos by Elliott Patrice

Windrush: The Years After Red Carpet Premiere

Kirklees Local Television (KLTV) officially premiered their film Windrush: The Years After, A Community Legacy on Film, at the Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield on Friday 30 September.

KLTV invited over 100 delegates from across the Yorkshire region and the African-Caribbean community, including councilors, heads of service, and local community activists.

The event was a huge success, with many positive reactions to both the film and discussion panel afterwards. People engaged with the panelists, enjoyed the food and music, and shared in the history of the experiences depicted on screen.

Watch the video covering the event here:

Photos by Nico Kulmann –

Kirklees Diversity, Equality and Innovation Awards 2022

KLTV was invited to attend and speak at the 2022 Kirklees Diversity Equality and Innovation Conference and Awards, held this year at Kirklees College.

A Huddersfield business and inspirational people who have set up amazing projects in their communities were the winners at this year’s awards ceremony. The day also featured two discussion panels with local leaders, social entrepreneurs, business representatives and community activists.

Watch the full video here:

Photos by Nico Kulmann –

Conflict Resolutions 3rd Annual Youth Awareness Conference 2022

The issue of young people involved in crime and serious violence is not going away and is a major concern for many communities in Kirklees. The Conflict Resolutions Annual Youth Awareness Conference is part of a wider strategy that looks at addressing a wide spectrum of issues related to Youth Crime.

This conference is the 3rd held so far, and is hosted and organised by Howard Belafonte and his team:

View the full video of the event here:

Photos by Nico Kulmann –

Huddersfield Carnival: Keep the Vibe Alive

With Huddersfield Carnival being cancelled, the Carnival Management Committee decided the show must go on, and organised a stage show in Greenhead Park to help keep the carnival vibe alive!

Full video:
Huddersfield Carnival Management Committee:

Photos by Nico Kulmann –

Black History Art 2016 by Andy Jefferson

Each canvas has a number in the corner. Simply email Andy at for purchase details.

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