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16 October 2017: THEATRE – RE-FUEL

“An evening of bold new theatre created via a unique collaboration between young people and Muslim playwrights.”

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19 October 2017: TALK – MEDIA ON TRIAL

“Live presentations by: John Pilger, Vanessa Beeley, Peter Ford, Patrick Henningsen, Prof Piers Robinson, Robert Stuart and Prof Tim Hayward. What should we expect from the mainstream media? Accurate reporting? Impartial analysis? Speaking truth to power? At times of proposed war or foreign intervention the public has a right to expect all these. Establishment media tends to be dismissive of independent journalism. With its greater size and influence the mainstream media (MSM) has avoided critical questions about its own reporting and journalistic standards and deflects calls for corroboration, verification and independent analysis. The leviathan that is the mainstream media has formed the narrative and stifled dissent but that’s going to change. Our panel of seven experts including legendary investigative journalist John Pilger, will be applying the scrutiny to mainstream media reporting which we should all demand, given its power to sway opinion when our government is seeking consent for war. Specific instances of falsehoods which have led to disastrous and deadly campaigns will be highlighted with fact based evidence. Examples of insidious propagandist reporting for war will be analysed. It’s time to hear ‘the other side’ – the one that the mainstream media blocks from the airwaves and print media.”

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“Madhu Krishnan, Sumita Mukherjee, Aisha Rana-Deshmukh and Nicole Truesdell. 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 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?”

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20 October 2017: TALK – #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack

”  #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack – 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. Charting the changing nature of BME identity in the city through conversations with BME Bristolians across generations and genders (with the help of trained BME volunteers from the community), the documentary features interviews with members of the community, activists and political leaders. 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 cities.”

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“…the Young Historians Project (YHP) will be unveiling their exhibition and premièring their film on the Black Liberations Front on Friday the 20th October 2017. For the past 2 years, young volunteers have been creating a short documentary and designing an exhibition on the BLF to be presented at secondary schools in London. The event will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to engage with an extremely forgotten aspect of Black British history. Founded in 1971, the BLF had a significant impact on the Black British political landscape and played a key role in the black community. From developing links with liberation struggles in Africa, to establishing supplementary schools in London, the BLF consolidated black political identity and challenged the impact of racism in Britain. In acknowledging this, the exhibition focuses on key themes such as: community engagement, the role of women within the BLF, anti-racism campaigns, young people and black political culture Premiering their short documentary titled ‘We Are Our Own Liberators’, along with their exhibition, the launch will represent the achievements of the YHP thus far.”

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