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  • BLACKHISTORY MONTHIN BRISTOL

    OCTOBER

    2012

    Photo: Rosemary Early Years Centre - Chris Bahn

    Dance and Theatre

    Music

    Exhibitions, Talks and Workshops

    Networking

    Walks

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    Contents

    Introduction

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    Black History Month is the celebration and exploration of the culture

    and history of Britains African and Caribbean communities. October will

    be jam-packed with events celebrating the contribution made to society

    by these communities. The brochure is structured by theme, with a

    calendar of events on the back page.

    Many of the events taking place this year will focus on independence. 2012sees the 50-year anniversary of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Ugandasindependence; events concentrating on this historic celebration will mark the changes and successes of these countries since independence wasachieved. Some events will look further back in time and take you on ajourney to an age where slavery dominated the lives of many. However while an appreciation of the past is essential we must not forget to lookforward to the future and the youth of today.

    2012s summer of sport laid down a challenge of inspiring a generation, a challenge that should be applied to every area of life, not just sport. Our theme of Black History Month, or rather the challenge, is to inspire a generation to be proud of their heritage and help turn this pride into achievement.

    Thank you to everyone who helped to create these events and we hope you will join us in celebrating this iconic month by attending the many exciting events taking place in October.

    Designed by BCC, Bristol Design BD3037

    Compiled by Kathryn Mitchell (Intern) University of the West of England

    4 Dance and Theatre

    6 Music

    10 Exhibitions, Talks and Workshops

    13 Networking

    14 Walks

    15 Other

    16 Calendar

    18 Beyond October

    Mark Simmons Photography, Acta Community Theatre

  • We Have Overcome

    29 OctoberMalcolm X Centre

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    An original community theatreshow by the Malcolm X EldersTheatre Company, who tell theirown stories of moving from theCaribbean in the 1960s tomake a new home in Bristol.

    First performed at Actas Coast international festival of community theatre, and currently touring schools.

    Helen Tomlin: 0117 953 2448info@Acta-bristol.com / www.acta-bristol.com

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    Tavazia Dance Sensual Africa

    26th OctoberCircomedia, St Pauls Church, Portland Square

    7:30pm9pm

    13/9 (concessions)

    Malawiuntouched, pure, raw, natural, unearthed, mysterious, rich in culture and life SENSUAL. Tavaziva returns to Circomedia with Sensual Africa, a choreographic work of art crafted with sublime precision followingBawren Tavazivas inspirational trip to Malawi. They inject their own interpretation on the complexities of the fascinating Tambuka and Chews Tribes movements and music, exploring the distinctive rituals that boys and girls go through to become men and women.

    Rebecca Fitzgerald: 0117 924 7615 rebecca@circomedia.com / www.circomedia.com

    For tickets contact the Colston Hall Box Office: 0117 922 3686

    Breathing Fire - Celebrating Black History Month

    13th October St Werburghs Centre,

    2:304pm, doors open at 2pm

    6/3 concession, free for under 12s.

    Playback theatre is a unique form of interactivetheatre enabling audiences to tell their stories.Audience members are invited to sharemoments from their lives. They then see thembeing brought to life as the companyimmediately recreates the essence of theirstory using voice, movement, dance, musicand song.

    Judith Desbonne: 07795 091 269breathingfire@hotmail.co.uk / www.breathingfire.co.uk

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    Redcliffe Community Show an Acta partnership with St Mary Redcliffe Primary

    22nd and 23rd October 6pm7pmLocal venue TBC 1

    An original community theatre production made up of traditional stories from the different cultures represented in the Redcliffe community.

    Created and performed by year 3 and 5 schoolchildren, together with adults from the Redcliffe area.

    Helen Tomlin: 0117 953 2448Helen@acta-bristol.com / www.acta-bristol.com

    Dance and Theatre

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    Mark Simmons Photography, Acta Community Theatre

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    Mango Spice

    6th October 1pm3pmSt Pauls Learning and Family Centre Free

    Join members of the award-winning skazz (Ska-Jazz) band, Jazz Jamaica, forthis fun and interactive performance workshop, journeying with them to Jamaica.Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture and learn Jamaican folk songs and ringdances; discover the stories behind the rhythms, words and movements.Adults to be accompanied by a child.

    Stella Quinlivan: 0117 9145470 stella.quinlivan@bristol.gov.uk / www.livelyupfestival.com

    We are: Here Black History Month

    6th October 6pm onwardsStag and Hound Free but donations welcome

    Join us as we celebrate Black History Month and declare We Are: Here! Specialhosts, cabaret performances, live music and a very special performance fromPenny Bizarre based on Josephine Baker, famed for her civil rights activism.DJs play homage to Jamaicas musical influence as we celebrate Jamaica50along with some special Kingston punch at the bar!

    Daryn Carter: daryn.carter@uwe.ac.uk / www.wearefest.com

    A Nu Civilisation Orchestra Tribute to Joe Harriott: Parallel

    10th October 8pm10pm St Georges Bristol Concert Hall 16

    The Lively Up! Festival celebrates 50 years of Jamaican independence with theNu Civilisation Orchestra (which includes Gary Crosby, Nathaniel Facey andByron Wallen). Presenting a sizzling tribute to jazz genius Joe Harriott, theincomparable saxophonist who revolutionised British jazz in the fifties with hisCaribbean infused free jazz.

    Box Office: 0845 40 24 001www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / www.livelyupfestival.com

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    The Free Migrations Global Gathering

    14th October 6pm11pmSt Georges Bristol Concert Hall Free, exit/re-entry at any time

    The Global Gathering is a celebration through music of the exhilaratingcosmopolitan diversity of Bristol and the South West. Packed full of worldmusic, St Georges comes alive with the most eclectic line-up of top-class worldmusicians, drawn from many of the great migrant cultural traditions.

    Box Office: 0845 40 24 001www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

    Pre-Kwanzaa Kulcha Kabaret Dinner and Dance

    19th October 6:30pm4am Malcolm X Centre Dining and Kabaret 35, Kabaret only 17

    John Lynch Afrikan Education Programme Presents in Association with UjimaRadio the Pre Kwanzaa Kulcha Kabaret Dinner and Dance featuring Macka Band a 3 hour variety show.

    Tickets available at Genesis Records and Georginas Stapleton Road, Glensdrive in Malcolm X Car Park, Afro Delight Caf Dean Street.

    Donna Whitcliff: 07747462404 or 07767763630jlaep@hotmail.com / www.facebook.com/jlaepbristol

    DJ Derek

    19th October 9:45pm for 2 hours, followed The Plantation Caribbean by Vicar of Skaville till 3am

    Bar & Restaurant Free before 9pm, 3 after

    DJ Derek is a famous Bristol born DJ, known for his reggae mixes and his use of convincing Jamaican patois! Recently awarded the Lord Mayors medal andhaving turned 70 this year, DJ Derek transcends race and age to bring us thebest music from 60s Ska and Rocksteady to contemporary artists.

    Richie Bryan: 07979 262227 richiebryan@hotmail.com

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  • Celestine and the Band

    20th October Band 9:30pm for 2 hours, Plantation Caribbean Bar Vicar of Skaville till 3am

    and Restaurant Free before 9pm and 3 after

    Celestine is a local Bristol born singer with mixed Bajan/Jamaican parentage.She will be celebrating the best of black music with a mix of soul classics,Motown greats and her own original material. With her fantastic band supportingher, get ready to get your groove on!

    Richie Bryan: 07979 262227 richiebryan@hotmail.com

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    Love Music Hate Racism

    24th October 7:30pmUWE Students Union, Red Bar 8

    We are proud to invite you to join us to enjoy local music; Dub Mafia, Bashema Hall, C-Froo and Crinkle Cuts. Our music is living testimony that cultures can and do mix. It unites us and gives us strength, and offers a vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society.

    UWE Students Union: 0117 3282555vpcommunityandwelfare@uwe.ac.uk

    Dub Plate to Dub Step Ujima 98FM Radio Broadcast by Bristol Young People

    29th31st OctoberBroadcast from Ujima Radio

    12pm

    Free

    A youth led documentary style Radio showcreated and broadcast with Ujima radio 98FMby 17-25 year olds recently trained as part ofa Young Roots Heritage Lottery Project. It willreference cultural and music trends from theearly 50s vinyl Dub Plate records, tracingReggae & Dub Sound System classic drumbeats through to Dub Step artists of 2012.Researchers have created their own material

    and sourced historical elements with support from Dr. Edson Burton, Ujimapresenters, M Shed, Watershed and Bristol Records Office.

    Online web resource available at the end of the year onwww.ujimaradio.com / caroline@ujimaradio.com

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    Batch & The Band

    27th OctoberPlantation Caribbean Bar and Restaurant

    Band 9:30pmMidnight. DJ till 3am

    Free before 9pm, 2 after.

    A celebration of the music and dance of Senegal. Batch sings his songs in the Senegalese language Wolof, however language does not obstruct his music and the passion can be heard and understood by all. Batchs energy as a dancer is as vibrant and colourful as the patchwork clothes of his BayeFall people.

    Richie Bryan: 07979 262227 richiebryan@hotmail.com

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  • Film and Book Readings 1110 Exhibitions, Talks and Workshops

    Author Talk

    3rd OctoberBristol Central Library, College Green

    6pm7:30pm

    3 per person, tickets on the door places limited

    Nikesh Shukla an exciting new author will talk about his writing and how he becameinterested in writing and the obstacles he faced in publishing. His novel Coconut Unlimitedwas short listed for the Costa First Novel Award. His writing Generation Vexed hasfeatured on BBC2, Radio 4, Esquire, The Sunday Times and The Guardian.

    Munawar Hussain asif.khan@bristol.gov.ukReading Lists for African and Caribbean literature available at Bristol Central Library.

    Exhibitions, Talks & Workshops

    Afrikan History Month Assemblies and Class Workshops

    Available throughout October and November to all schools in Bristol School hours

    Fee to be discussed on contact

    A series of Afrikan History Month workshops and assemblies. Conducted by RA Cultural Consultancy Services, these workshops clarify the originalconcept behind Black History Month, looking at the founder, Carter G Woodson and covering subjects relevant to PSHE, citizenship, and globalissues. Methods include; participatory, involving students in negotiating skills,developing thinking, enquiry, discovery and expressing opinions.

    Elizabeth Small: 0117 9712456 / 07921 770827 / 0117 9541753ameena@blueyonder.co.uk

    Samuel Gist and the Gist Slaves: Bristol and Virginia History

    18th October 6pm7:30pm M Shed Studio 2 Free, no booking required

    Talk by Madge Dresser, Associate Professor of History, University of the West ofEngland. Beginning with the extraordinary story of Bristols Samuel Gist, which spansBristol, Virginia and London, this talk will reconsider the links between Bristol andcolonial Virginia in relation to the slave economy and the social networks generated.

    Catherine.littlejohns@bristol.gov.uk http://humanities.uwe.ac.uk/regionhistory/rhcnew/index.htm For venue details contact the M Shed: 0117 352 6600

    Rebel

    18th October 7pm8pmThe Drama Studio, 5 adult, under 16s freeFairfield High School

    Join students of Fairfield school as they conjure a multi media odyssey from theplantation to multicultural Bristol, taking in the spirit of freedom and creativegenius that has sprung from the Caribbean islands and liberated the world.Rebel is based upon work created by young students supported by writer,storyteller and historian Dr. Edson Burton.All funds raised from ticket sales will go towards publising a book of thestudents work to share with schools across Bristol.

    Leah Marks: 0117 952 7100 ext. 124 lma@fairfield.bristol.sch.uk

    Black History Month Celebration

    23rd October 10am2pmThe Vassall Centre No cost, but lunch is not provided

    The Black members group BSGPF is celebrating Black history. This is anopportunity for all adults with learning difficulties and their carers to celebrateBlack History Month by collecting information from stalls and attendingworkshops to enhance cultural awareness. There will be a chance to tastedifferent food and learn about different cultures.

    Valerie Mower and Fred Miller: 0117 953 6910Valerie@bsgpf.org.uk

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    Discovery Day for Black History Month: Africa

    25th October 10am1pmCity Museum & Art Gallery, Curiosity Free, donation towards Gallery and Schools Room pottery costs

    One of the Museums regular Discovery Days is focused on Africa this month.Be inspired by the different cultures of Africa through looking closely at Museumobjects and making your own coiled pot to take home after studying one madeby Lady Kwali in Nigeria.

    Sue Giles: 0117 922 2635 sue.giles@bristol.gov.uk / www.bristol.gov.uk

    Discovery Day for Black History Month: Africa

    26th October 10:30am1pmM Shed Free

    We will have some of the items in the African collections out for handling anddiscussion. Be inspired by the different cultures of Africa through looking closelyat Museum objects.

    Sue Giles: 0117 922 2635 sue.giles@bristol.gov.uk / www.bristol.gov.uk

    Ah Fi We Art Exhibition

    27th October 12noon6pmKuumba, Hepburn Rd Free

    An Art Exhibition featuring a stunning collection of art by local Afrikan-Caribbean artists. Paintings, photographs, prints and more, this event is not to be missed!

    Beaula McCalla: 07979 107 765 kaymccalla@yahoo.co.uk

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    BME Voluntary & Community Sector FairMoney, marketing and meeting forging partnerships

    25th OctoberConference Hall, Bristol City Council, Council House

    1pm6pm

    Free

    Now in its third year the BME VCS fair brings together agencies and individualswho share a common goal in seeking to improve their engagement with andshare the learning from working with BME communities. A great opportunity notonly to network with others but also, importantly to share your work through afive-minute presentation.

    To book a free stall space and or speak at the events please email simon.nelson@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 922 2358 for further information

    Ask About Me

    27th OctoberHoliday Inn, Cabot Circus

    58.30pm

    Free for 1619 years and 25per head for professionals

    An intergenerational 3-course dinnerand networking event, providing aplatform for local professionals toconnect with aspiring young peoplefrom inner city Bristol; with the aim of finding suitable life and careermentors/mentees. Confirmed guestsinclude Peter Main (Lord Mayor ofBristol) and Jeremy Cook OBE (BTEC).

    Poku Osei: 07930147193 Poku.osei@byep.org.uk

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    The Real Count of Monte Cristo?

    24th October 6:30pm7:30pmFoyles, Cabot Circus Free, booking on-line required

    Alexandre Dumass The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic adventure story whichhas been told and retold many times on film and television. But who was the realCount of Monte Cristo? Its a story of race and slavery and a forgotten black hero.Tom Reiss, author of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the RealCount of Monte Cristo talks about perhaps the greatest unknown soldier ever.

    Andrew Kelly: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.ukwww.ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=4541

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    Bristol City Centre Tours Afrikan Symbols

    1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 31st OctoberMeet at St Mary Redcliffe

    Two tours per date, morning and afternoon

    Introductory price of 7, bookingessential, places limited.

    RA Cultural Consultancy Services presents a tour that proudly displays imagesoriginating from North, East, and West Afrika. Many of these symbols presentedtell tales of the Egyptian period known as Kemet. Images can be seen on localgovernment, religious and commercial buildings. Tour suits all ages.

    Elizabeth Small: 07921 770 827 / 0117 971 2456ameena@blueyonder.co.uk

    Old St Pauls Carnival Procession Route Podcast Launch Event

    26th OctoberMeet outside Circomedia.

    12noon4pm

    Donations accepted, cost for refreshments

    The podcast will feature an inter-generational docu drama guiding listeners throughthe route taking in Easton, Eastville and St Pauls. Interviews, poetry, dance andactors will animate the route that encompasses tales of legend, myth and mystery.What is a bust of Edward Colston doing hidden in the heart of Easton and whywere Bristol Rovers known as the Black Arabs? Tour suits all abilities.

    Cleo Lake: 07771 825 035 www.jahlakekoncepts.comAnybody wishing to submit memories or images please email: info@jahlakekoncepts.co.uk

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    Afrifest

    5th October 6th OctoberWestbury on Trym Methodist Church Malcolm X Centre

    6pm10pm 12noon10pm

    10 per person Free

    Afrifest is an annual event that aims to recognise, display and share diverseAfrican and Caribbean heritage, history and cultures as part of Black HistoryMonth. The activities are based on the themes of Emancipation A celebrationof the Caribbean at 50 and Olympics Equality at the Heart of every sport

    Peninah Achieng: 07862 729 407 Africanvoicesforum@yahoo.co.uk / africanvoicesforum.org.uk

    Every One Reach One Recruitment Campaign

    13th October 10am4pmCastle Park Free

    The NHSBT in partnership with Uijima Radio will host a recruitment drive atGallery shopping Centre Broadmead Bristol. This recruitment drive will besupported by local entertainers, children's activities including face painting ,speakers sharing their inspiring heart-warming stories, and local artistperformances that will celebrate the gift of life through song, dance and spoken word. We would like to ask everyone to reach one new friend or familymember, bring them along on the day and enrol to become a blood donor. Let's make Black History Month an amazing year for blood donation this year!

    Geraldine Parker: 0117 9217502 Geraldine.parker@nhsbt.nhs.uk

    Afriniques Afrikan Market

    27th October 12noon6pmKuumba 20-23 Hepburn Road, St Pauls Free

    Take the chance to purchase beautiful African Accessories, clothes, literatureand greeting cards whilst enjoying great tasting Caribbean food and pastriesDont miss The Kwanzaa Afrikan market!

    To secure a stall please email info@afrinique.co.ukNaa-Adjeley Kwei and Robert Owoo 07534 294 851www.facebook.com/afrinique

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  • 16 Calendar of Events Calendar of Events 17

    October 2012Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

    Bristol CityCentre Toursbegins

    RedcliffeCommunityShow

    We HaveOvercome

    Dub Plate to DubStep Broadcast

    Dub Plate to DubStep Broadcast

    Dub Plate to DubStep Broadcast

    Black HistoryMonth Celebration

    RedcliffeCommunity Show

    Love Music Hate Racism

    The Real Countof Monte Cristo?

    Discovery Dayfor BHM: Africa

    BME Voluntary & CommunitySector Fair

    Tavaziva Dance Sensual Africa

    Discovery Day for BHM: Africa

    St Pauls Procession

    Ask About Me

    Ah Fi We Art Exibit

    Afriniques AfrikanMarket

    Batch & the Band

    Author Talk

    Nu CivilisationOrchestra

    Breathing FireCelebrating BHM

    Every One Reach One

    The MigrationsGlobal Gathering

    Samuel Gistand the GistSalves Lecture

    Rebel

    DJ Derek

    Pre-KwanzaaDinner andDance

    Celestine andthe Band

    AfrifestMango Spice

    We Are: Here BHM

    Afrifest

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    Jamaica and the Caribbean: Beyond the Boundary

    Fri 2nd Sun 4th NovemberWatershed

    See www.watershed.co.uk

    See www.watershed.co.uk

    This 3-day programme of events celebrates and reflects on 50 years of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. Engaging and insightful, Beyond the Boundary will not only consider the political and cultural and economic development of these countries since independence but also their impact on the CaribbeanDiaspora in Bristol and the UK. Events include a one-day conference featuringinternational and UK based expert speakers such as Brian Meeks, filmscreenings, poetry and spoken word readings and roundtable discussions.

    Catrin John: 0117 927 5100www.watershed.co.uk / info@watershed.co.uk

    Afrika Eye Film Festival

    9th and 11th November 8pmWatershed 8/6.50 per screening

    Celebrate African Culture with the best films from Jamaica, Chad, Congo, Bristol and many places in-between. Themes are Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago at 50 and Healing. Enjoy our gala opening and live music after party, watch films, attend discussions, bring your kids to workshops and join us for the gorgeous closing film.

    Ingrid Sinclair: 0117 924 6129 afrikaeye@googlemail.com

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    Beyond October

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    Signpost and Rite Direkshon Film and Ting The Story of Lovers Rock 12A

    23rd November 7:30pm9:30pmEaston Community Centre 3

    The Story of Lovers Rock is a film that tells the history of how Lovers Rock music defined a generation in the late 70s & 80s hugely impacting on British Pop Culture. A film for the young, to make musical connections and for the mature, to reminisce. Suitable for children.

    Hilary Banks: 0117 955 9987 director@projectsignpost.org.uk

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    Brian Meeks

    Disclaimer

    Bristol City Council is not responsible for the content of these events. The viewsand opinions presented by organisations at events do not necessarily reflect theviews of the City Council. Bristol City Council endeavours to supply full andaccurate information in the resource. However it cannot be held responsible forany inaccuracies and any inconvenience this may cause. For further informationon events use the contact details given per event.