What does it mean to be a Black millennial in Britain today? Join us for an exciting event at the wonderful Arnolfini where we will be discussing these exact questions and more. Watch this space for panel announcements and further information! ... See more
What does it mean to be a Black millennial in Britain today? The political landscape in Britain has changed significantly and since 2013 there has been an upsurge of creative, radical, grassroots, and independent platforms taking space and providing a voice and representation for young black women in particular. We feel a new approach is needed to confront and challenge the growing oppression and marginalisation of the Black community, in all its variety and heterogeneity. We are bringing together some of the brightest young minds in Bristol to discuss questions like: - How can we liberate ourselves through education and decolonised histories? - How can we empower each other through starting and supporting Black-owned businesses? - How can we build as a community, whilst still dissecting our differences and the way those may impact our lived experiences in Britain? - What role can the arts play in our liberation, the archiving of our stories, and re-shifting the narrative, especially as Black poets, writers, filmmakers, and artists continue to shake the status quo online and offline? - How can we build a meaningful and inclusive movement? The event will consist of a 45-minute panel followed by a workshop/networking session where we delve further into these important topics and think about how we can work together better! Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bristolitnb Or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org About the MAIN ‘Re-imagining Black Britain’ Conference: The 'Re-imagining Black Britain' Conference is a one-off collaboration between Black British platforms and organisations No Fly on the WALL, Sassy Tees, We Are Superwoman and Cultured Lens. The conference aims to bring together a wide range of attendees, speakers, facilitators, and performers for a day of inspiration, celebration, collaboration, and re-imagining. With panels exploring identity and Afro-futurism, arts and culture, business and enterprise, and of course networking and collaboration, as well as workshops hoping to inspire attendees to move ‘from idea to action’, we aim to provide attendees with the resources, energy, and space in which to Re-imagine Black Britain and our individual as well as collective place in it. The political landscape in Britain has changed significantly, particularly since 2013, when various grassroots and DIY organisations began. Since then there has been an upsurge of creative, radical, grassroots, and independent platforms taking space and providing a voice and representation for young black women in particular. We’d also like to highlight that we have made a conscious decision to hold the conference in Birmingham, rather than London, in the spirit of ‘Re-imagining’. We hope that decentring the capital and bringing our collective energy to a vibrant and upcoming city like Birmingham, which also has a significant population of people of Afro-Caribbean descent, will send a strong message about community building, intersectionality, and new approaches. The 'Re-imagining Black Britain' Conference will take place at Centrala Space, Birmingham, on Saturday 27th January 2018. You can find tickets for the Birmingham conference here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/re-imagining-black-britain-conference-2018-tickets-41598470144 ... See more
Read BITNB co-founder Kelly Emelle's words on the vibrant Chineke! Orchestra! 'The Chineke! Orchestra is one of two amazing orchestras that are part of the Chineke! Foundation. Chineke [pronounced: chi-nay-kay] is the Igbo word for God, and is often commonly used as an expression of surprise such as saying “Oh my God!”. This makes it a very appropriate name, reflecting the surprise I have seen from other black friends at the existence of a majority BME orchestra. The foundation was founded in 2015 by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, it seeks to increase the representation of BME musicians in orchestras by “championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music”.' ... See more
If I chose a black person at random and asked them what they knew about classical music, I would expect to get a vague and generic answer probably just mentioning the names of a few dead white men- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach. Of course, there are those already very invested in classical music, and tha ... See more
Check out our write up of Bristol's first ever Black Girl Convention! 'Safe spaces for black women are incredibly important to our growth and perseverance. In an environment that seeks to take from us - whether it be our culture, emotional labour or energy - black women need these spaces to recharge and become our best selves. There is nothing more calming than exchanging laughs and compliments with other black women who also just seem to *get it*. The convention was a moment of escapism, like many of the women in attendance, I unshackled myself from the persona I use to interact with everyday whiteness and was my true self. Bristol's first Black Girl Convention was a space that allowed for complete candidness that you could not find anywhere else. The conversations were pure and the love ran deep.' ... See more
November 26th saw Bristol’s first ever Black Girl Convention hosted by OJiJi Purple’s founder Mena Fombo at the Arnolfini. The event was a chance for self-identifying black women to come together, celebrate success and share stories from their varied experiences. The event hosted a series of bla... ... See more
Tonight! Sick beats and a safe space for people of all identities. Can't wait to see you there
Tis the season to have a Kiki tra la la la la la la! We're back and its the last one for 2017, so don't miss out! Kiki is set to be bigger and more beautiful in 2018 so prepare yourselves! Kiki “ A party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. "Let's have a kiki!" Kiki is a night for LGBTQ PoC to meet, greet, eat, discuss, and set the dance floor on fire. Kiki came out of a group of us feeling tired of the lack of spaces for LGBTQ PoC and friends to meet and as importantly to dance to music that we enjoyed. We knew nothing would change if we didn't take action. Join us in making a new scene in Bristol. The evening begins with an early doors social over food, followed by an open mic section before dancing to the finest tracks from across the Black music spectrum. Held in a discreet Bristol venue this is a chance to meet with like- minded People of Colour, to feel safe, networked, have fun and be free. Non PoC & LGBTQI friends welcome. There is a void in Bristol. Let's fill it. Please message our Facebook page Kiki Socials - LGBTQ+ PoC or email us on email@example.com to find out our location and for any more infomation See you on the dance floor! Team Kiki ... See more
Get down to this if you can!
Hello 🙂 The BME Network are hosting a talk on Thursday that may be of interest to people here! Would love it if people would get free tickets and come along: https://www.facebook.com/events/900739823422752/ ... See more
We're live at the White Colour Black post screening panel hosted by @
See you all later for what will be an amazing film and panel!
Starring model-turned-actor @[220898504637411:274:Dudley O'Shaughnessy - official], White Colour Black follows Leke, a mixed race man living in London as a successful photographer, where his privileged lifestyle allows him to navigate his identity largely on his own hedonistic terms. When a message from Senegal calls him ‘home’, Leke travels back to a place he hasn’t visited since childhood. He must confront the complex and emotional layers of his heritage and his estranged relationship with his father. Moving from London’s cityscapes to the stillness of Senegalese village life, Leke must find his feet and himself on this journey in order to forge a new sense of self. A striking debut from director Joseph a. Adesunloye with beautiful cinematography, the film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016. ... See more
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