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Black History Month celebrations get under way
Release date: Fri, 28/09/2012
A month of events celebrating the culture, history and achievement of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities gets under way next week.
Many of the events taking place in Bristol this year will focus on the theme of independence. This year marks the 50th anniversary of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Uganda and events will look both at the change and success since independence and back, to a time of slavery.
Councillor Guy Poultney, Cabinet Member for Communities in Bristol, said: “One of the themes of the 2012 Black History Month, as befits a year in which this country staged both the Olympics and the Paralympics, is inspiring a generation to be proud of its heritage and to turn that pride into achievement.
“My thanks to everyone who has worked hard to put this year’s programme of events together and I hope the month is a great success.”
The programme of events includes dance and theatre, music, exhibitions, talks and workshops, walks and a community fair.
Highlights include a Nu Civilisation Orchestra tribute to jazz genius, saxophonist Joe Herriott, at St George’s Hall and a DJing session by well-known Bristol DJ, DJ Derek, recently awarded a Lord Mayor’s medal.
Derek, who turned 70 this year, will be highlighting some of the best music from 60s Ska and Rocksteady, as well as contemporary sounds.
Big-screen contributions will include a three-day Afrika Eye Film Festival at the Watershed with some of the best films from Jamaica, Chad, the Congo, Bristol, among others, as well as a film exploring the story of Lovers’ Rock.
There will be an Afrikan Market in St Pauls offering the chance to buy African accessories, clothes, literature and greeting cards and sample great food.
Other events will include an inter-generational old St Pauls Carnival procession route podcast, guiding participants through the route that will take in Easton, Eastville and St Pauls and featuring interviews, poetry and dance. There will also be a BME voluntary and community fair with the theme of Money, Marketing and Meeting - Forging Partnerships. The free event will be held on October 25 in the Conference Hall at the Council House, College Green from 1pm until 6pm.
To book a free stall space and or speak at the events please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 922 2358 for further information.
For more information on all the events in Black History Month please go to http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/black-history-month