Black History Month 2017

October Workshops – The Month of Black History Looking at Our Wellbeing


12th October 2017, Barbara White – Co-Counselling & Black Re-emergence, 10:30am – 11:30am

12th October 2017, Sista Nywani & Rachel Barclay Personal Experience The Fight of a Carer, 12:30pm – 14:30pm

17th October 2017, Pat Rose – Senior Health Link Worker for Homeless Services will be Looking at the Impact of Substances on Mindful Wellbeing & Environmental Factors, 10:30am – 12:00pm

17th October 2017, Andilorice Bristol Black Carer Help & Support for Carers, 13:30pm -14:30pm

19th October 2017, Lynn Mareno, Energetic Connection Between, Physical, Emotional & Mental Imbalances, 11:30am – 13:30pm

24th October 2017, Nia Bimkubwa, Importance of Keeping Hydrated, 13:00pm – 14:30pm

27th October 2017, Pressure Group Sign Up Our Voice Our Community, 19:30pm – 21:00pm

All workshops will be in the Kuumba Centre, 20 – 30 St Pauls, Bristol, contact Rachel on 07974 238372 for further info.


Africa Writes 2017 Pop-Up: Bristol

Friday 6th – Saturday 7th October 2017

Venues: The Cube Cinema, Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY Bristol, United Kingdom

The Royal African Society’s annual literature festival comes to Bristol!

Africa Writes Pop-Up: Bristol presents exciting series of events celebrating contemporary African literature and thought.

With book launches, film screenings, discussions, family activities, workshops, and a poetry night, the festival brings you a vibrant programme showcasing the best new writing from the continent.





The Link 2017

UWE Race Equality is coordinating the 2nd Annual BME Professional Networking Event which takes place 18th October 2017. This year’s event is open to all Faculties so please encourage your Home – BME students to sign up here for afternoon workshops and here for the evening networking. 


Please also encourage your external BME professional contacts to register here.  It’s really important that as many Industries and fields are represented on the night so please reach out to the individuals you think would inspire and champion our students as well as posting the registration link on your social media sites.



For #ThisIsBlackInTheUnionJack we focus on the people within the Bristol BME community and use their voices and experiences to create a documentary that explores what it means to be black and British in the present moment. Recent local and national events have thrust into the spotlight the complicated nature of race and racism, nation, citizenship, inequality, and belonging in the UK and at the center of many of these debates are the BME communities. From the election of BME mayors in London and Bristol to the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement to the Brexit vote, the UK is at a crossroads in identifying as a nation what British heritage means and who fits into that imagination.


Documentary Launch and Debate, 20th October  2017, 19:30pm – 21:30pm, Watershed Bristol

A film and history project by BSWN – looks at the relationships between heritage, race,identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. It focuses on how BME individuals and communities in Bristol express their racial identity/heritage in post-Brexit England when vitriol racial and nationalistic rhetoric is being used to question the place and heritage of people of colour place within the UK.

Following the film, Asher Craig (Bristol City Council), writer, broadcaster and barrister Afua Hirsch, researcher Maya Goodfellow, Omar Khan (director of the Runneymede Trust) and writer and broadcaster David Olusoga will explore issues of identity, inclusion and belonging in future


Race, Gender and the Future of Cities

Friday 20th October 2017, 12.40 – 14.00pm
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road Bristol, England, BS1 5TX

Historically and currently  from the civil rights movement in the US to the contemporary global movements around Black Lives Matter women of colour have often been at the forefront of campaigns to create more humane and integrated policies and places. The #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project (launched on 19th April 2017 and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) looks at race in Bristol through the generations, including women of colour. What can this and historic and global movements for change teach us about the future of cities? Speakers include: Dr. Madhu Krishnan, Dr.Sumita MukherjeeAisha Rana-Deshmukh, and Nicole Truesdell. For more information and to book tickets, please see here.

#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack Community Documentary Launch and discussion

Saturday 21st October 2017, 18:00pm – 20:00pm
Docklands, St Paul’s Settlement, 74-80 City Road, Bristol, England, BS2 8UH

What does it mean to be Black and British in modern Britain? First, we will show the documentary produced by Black South West Network in partnership with 8th Sense Media on our Heritage Lottery Funded project #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack that is focused on the relationships between heritage of race, identity, and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. Then we will engage the BME community on their views of the documentary and where Bristol as a city is headed in terms of racial politics, heritage, and belonging. Speakers include: Dr. Edson Burton, Sado Jirde, Kunle Olulode, Delano Gourmet  MooreMichael JenkinsDesmond Brown, and Councillor Estella Tincknell. For more information and to book tickets, please see our Eventbrite page here.

Bristol Somali Festival Family Day

Saturday 28th October 2017, 11.00am – 15.00pm
M Shed, Wapping Road Bristol, England, BS1 4RH

The second day of the festival will take place on Saturday the 28th October in the form of a large family day, an opportunity for families with young children to participate and enjoy being surrounded by Somali culture. There will be several attractions organised, including a fabric and craft store, craft tables, Somali kitchen for an experiences of blending spices, and an exhibition of Somali cultural artefacts. This event is free and requires no booking in advance.

Bristol Somalis Talk Frankly Across the Generations

Saturday, 28th October 2017, 16:00pm – 17:30pm
Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road Bristol, England, BS5 0AX

As part of the Bristol Somali Festival 2017 and its themes, local Somali actors will bring together the stories previously gathered in 4 separate workshops throughout August and September 2017. There, Bristol Somali mothers, fathers, sons and daughters each had their own space to talk about the pressures they’ve faced adjusting to life in Britain and what they would really like to discuss with other family members. For more information about this free event and on how to book tickets, please contact Abdullahi Farah on , or Dr. Madge Dresser on


Bristol Ferry Boats- Black History Month Events

Bristol Ferry Boats are really excited to announce that this October we are joining the global celebration of Black History Month.

This is the first year for Bristol Ferry Boats and we are diving in head first!

They  have a programme of talks, provocations, and performances every Wednesday in October!

They are very keen to support community groups in being part of this celebration. If you are a member, work with, or support a group that might be interested in attending any of their BHM events please do get in touch – they would love to offer discounts to groups and free tickets for certain community groups.

 Below is their programme for October.

 Wednesday 11th October – Rum, Bananas, and Cocoa

A harbour history tour like never before.

Dr. Edson Burton and guests guide us on a living story of trade and migration. Peppered with music, song and story, we unveil the human cost to Bristol’s harbour history. An evening of performance and history.

 Wednesday 18th October – Head Wraps, Hair Styles and Humans.

We take a frank look at the history of the head wrap, and talk about image, beauty and identity for all women, but especially women of colour. Featuring 2 of Bristol’s brightest and boldest women of colour Mena Fombo & Eva Lazarus.

 Wednesday 25th October – Abolition Afloat.

Welcoming educators, families, and those thinking about how we pass on history to the next generation. Join our taster session of our newly created schools trip.

 We would love you to join us for this exciting journey.

If you would like to book tickets or have any questions – perhaps you would like to bring a community group (remember, we can offer discounts for group bookings and free tickets for certain community groups and members) feel free to get in touch or check out our website for more details.

We would love you to share these events on to your networks, and we hope to see you on the boats for new conversations and bold ideas.

Twitter: @BristolFerry

Facebook: @bristol.ferry

Events Celebrating Black History Month at various locations in Bristol

The following events with or including a Black History (African and African diaspora) focus being held in Bristol late 2017 into 2018 could be of interest to you:

•         Fri 27th October 2017, 11.00am – 15.00pm at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (drop-in, free)
Kwanzaa family day run by Liz Small for visitors to learn about Kwanzaa and celebrate African heritage & values

•         Fri 27th October 2017, 18.00pm – 20.45pm at M Shed (Book, free)
Launch of Bristol Somali Festival

•         Sat 28th October 2017, 11.00am – 15:00pm at M Shed (drop-in, free)
Somali family day to learn and celebrate Somali history and culture

•         Sat 11th November 2017, 10.00am – 16.30pm (Free, drop-in)
Celebration of Migration – stalls, performances, conversations

•         Wed 15th November 2017, 18.30pm – 20.30pm (book)
‘The truth about migration’ panel discussion chaired by Rob Mitchell

•         Thursday 11th January 2018 (book, free but donations to the Friends of the Museum welcome)
Empire and memory
Speaker: David Olusoga (Writer/broadcaster)

•         The’ Empire through the Lens’ exhibition featuring images from the former British Empire and Commonwealth exhibition will also be on display from 30 sept at Bristol Museum & art Gallery.

•         And of course, as mentioned before there may also be a Black History tour in St Paul’s created by our student placement, Tanja Bah.

2nd – 29th October  The Fight For Rights Exhibition

Central Reference Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL
Library opening times.

The local journey; from anti slavery to civil rights and equality is featuring here in seldom seen material from Bristol Central Library’s world class historic collection.



14 October  Bristol international development charity African Initiatives is celebrating 20 years of empowering women and girls

We have just a few tickets remaining for our big birthday party which takes place this Saturday (14th October) at Bristol’s magical Circomedia and we would love to see some representatives from BME on the night!

As you might know, African Initiatives focuses on girls’ education and women’s rights.  We have particular expertise in working among the Maasai in northern Tanzania.

We promise our gala dinner will be an uplifting night out, and will include:
• Bubbles and nibbles and sit-down dinner
• Inspiring speeches from guest speakers Jonathan Dimbleby & Maasai grassroots leader, Lilian Looloitai
• Afro-Brazilian drumming band Ilu Axé
• Fun, live charity auction with fantastic prizes
• Thrilling aerial silks performance
• Extraordinary photographs documenting the lives of pastoralists
• Internationally renowned blues/jazz singer Kate Dimbleby
• Late-night disco featuring music from around the world
Tickets are £50 a head for the Gala Dinner, although we might be able to offer one free place to an ambassador for girls’ or women’s rights. If you’d like to come, please email Karen or call her on 07545 145 540.

IMPORTANT: We’re also selling ‘After Party’ tickets at £20 a head. These tickets do not include food or fizz, the opportunity to hear Ilu Axé or our guest speakers. But, from 9.30pm, you will get to party with us and enjoy our aerial silks artist, blues/jazz singer Kate Dimbleby, our charity auction and disco.  If you’d like to book any ‘After Party’ tickets, you can do so directly click here.


23 October  St Paul’s Youth Workshop

St Paul’s Adventure Playground, Thomas Street, Bristol  BS2 9LL
2.00pm – 5.00 pm

History based sessions for young people aged 11-16 with the aim of challenging misconceptions or ideas of race and migration.  Worksop led by Nayah Yetundo and Hannah John.


16 October  Wesley and the Anti-Slavery Monument

John Wesley’s Chapel, Broadmead, Bristol  BS1 3JE
6.15pm – 7.30 pm
Cost: £3

How was a leading figure of the evangelical revival in 18th century Britain persuasive in calling for the abolition of the slave trade?  Gary Best, Warden of the New Room, explores how John Wesley made an impact on society and how Methodism continues to fight the causes of injustice.