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BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS IN BRISTOL OCTOBER 2015
IntroductionBlack History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration throughout October that acknowledges the importance of African Caribbean culture and history, using a number of events, such as dance, music, film, theatre, talks, workshops and much more, designed for all age groups.
BHM has been celebrated widely around the world since the 1920s, with the United Kingdom starting their own celebrations in 1987.
In Bristol, the month of October is about bringing together the many different ethnicities that make up this multicultural city, and a chance to celebrate their contributions to society together, no matter where you live in the city.
Every year we use this opportunity to promote knowledge and understanding of Black History as well as circulating positive information and light on such a diverse community. BHM has also helped to raise awareness of Black people and the significance of their cultural heritage, all helping to shape a modern, inclusive multicultural Bristol.
This year we have tried to include more information on the accessibility of event locations for people with disabilities. However, if you would like more detailed information on access please visit the website at www.bristol.gov.uk.
Thank you to all those who have put on events and helped create this programme. We hope that you will enjoy celebrating this exciting month with us and we encourage you to take the challenge of extending these events beyond October.
A message from the MayorAs Bristols elected Mayor it is a pleasure to support this years programme of great events celebrating the rich and diverse culture that African Caribbean communities bring to the City.
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19 Map of Events
Each colour-coded number corresponds to the map on the Your Local Area page
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Created by the Malcolm X Elders theatre company.
That was then, this is now... welcome to TheNow!
For our 30th birthday, and the opening of the newly extended acta centre, acta has brought together community performers from across
the City to take a wry and light-hearted look at the world of 2015 and the last 30 years. If youre nostalgic for big hair and Wham T-shirts, frustrated at dealing with modern technology, or just fancy a fun night out...
Come share your moments, stories & experience on exploring the themes of being the Outsider. Then see it played back by the Black Womens Playback Theatre Company using drama, music and song. Come join us and watch improvised theatre for an entertaining afternoon.
For more info, call acta on 0117 9532448 Or visit www.acta-bristol.com
Breathing Fire: 07971 520366 firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE 1st October
PLACE acta centre, Gladstone Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 3AY
COST All Tickets 3.00 Buy one, get one free ticket concessions available from acta office on request - for children, students, OAPs and anyone not able to pay full price.
DATE 1Oth October
PLACE Horfield Quaker Meeting Hall, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8PD
TIME Doors open 2pm, start 2.30pm 3.45pm
COST 5/3 conccession Children under 12 yrs FREE
2 The Outsider Are You In or Are You Out?
The incredible Sithobelumthetho Primary School choir return from the Madadeni Township, South Africa to provide Bristol with another evening of awe-inspiring talent. Performing their traditional Zulu songs and dances the choir will also be joined by Bristols famous Gurt Lush Choir and UWE Big Band.
Bright, bold and vivid (fRoots) sounds from the Zambian afro-folk performer whose material [switches] from breathy balladry to stomping jazz-rock (The Guardian) in one set. Namvula has shared the stage with artists like legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and sitar player Anoushka Shankar.
DATE 4th October
PLACE The Lantern, Colston Hall
COST 10.75-12.90 incl. booking fee.
COST 8.60-12.90 incl. booking fee.
4 Project Zulu Gala Concert
DATE 16th October
PLACE The Lantern, Colston Hall
TIME 7.30pm - 10pm (approx.)
COST 12.90 incl. booking fee. ACCESS
With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, socially conscious rhymes, and jazz-soul elements, Akua Naru has accumulated rave reviews across the world. With links to the 90s hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Akua Naru and her band have a reputation for grabbing audiences and hyping crowds.
DATE 6th October
PLACE Colston HallTIME 7.30pm - 10pm (approx.)
5 Akua Naru
The best rocknroll band in the world (The Independent) turn up the volume for latest offering Ba Power. Led by Malian lute master Bassekou Kouyat, Ngoni Ba create an extraordinary array of sounds from a spindly metallic plinking to a grinding bluesy roar (The Daily Telegraph).
6 Bassekou Kouyat and Ngoni Ba
New York label Daptone has excelled with the philosophy of late bloomers and overlooked artists (Paste), giving artists like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones their chance to shine. Continuing the tradition, Daptone releases Look Closer, the debut album from Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe former backing singers for the aforementioned Ms Jones.
DATE 6th October
PLACE The Lantern, Colston HallTIME 8pm - 10.30pm (approx.)COST 12.90 incl. booking fee. ACCESS
7 Saun & Starr (Daptone)
DATE 20th October
PLACE Colston HallTIME 8.30pm - 10.30pm (approx.)
Forward to Freedom explores the fight to end apartheid, across Britain and here in Bristol. Discover how the British anti-apartheid movement, including Bristols Action for Southern Africa group, campaigned to support the people of South Africa in their struggle against oppression.
The exhibition includes photos and papers from the archive of Bristols Action for Southern Africa group. Part of Know Your Bristol on the Move, an AHRC community partnership project led by the University of Bristol. knowyourbristol.org
DATE Until 16th October
PLACE Bristol Record OfficeTIME Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm
(Open until 7pm on the first two Thursdays of each month).Saturday 10am - 4pm
DATE 8th October
PLACE Cameron Centre, Cameron Walk, Lockleaze Bristol BS7 9XB
TIME 7.30pm 9.30pmCOST FREEACCESS
9 Diversity in Our Communities A Conversation Evening
We would like to invite people from all communities living in Bristol to come and take part in an informal open space meeting about diversity in our communities. Whether you bring with you stories of personal experience, or questions it would be lovely to have you join us.
Exhibitions, Talks & Workshops
Find out about life and death in Egypt through the collections on display and the thinking behind the displays during this fascinating lunchtime talk.
DATE 1st October
PLACE Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
TIME 1.15pm - 1.45pm COST FREE ACCESS
8 Ancient Egypt: Life and Death
COST 16.50 incl. booking fee.ACCESS
10 Forward to Freedom
COST FREE donations welcome ACCESS
9Come and share the Gospel experience with a performance and gospel singing workshop with Renewal Choir, one of Bristols favourite community gospel choirs.
11 Renewal Choir - Gospel Workshop
DATE 18th October
PLACE Arnolfini, Auditorium, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
TIME 3.30pm 6pmCOST FREE donations welcomeACCESS
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