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Bristol has high hopes for black history

CELEBRATIONS: This year's black history month celebrations will mark Jamaica's 50th year of independence

COUNCIL LEADERS in Bristol are optimistic that this year’s Black History Month celebrations will be the city’s most successful.

Many of the events taking place in Bristol will focus on the theme of independence.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda. Events will look both at the changes and successes since independence and back to the 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 DJ-ing session by the well-known ska DJ Derek, who was 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 also be an Afrikan Market in St Pauls offering the chance to buy African accessories, clothes, literature, greeting cards and samplings of great food.

Other events will include a St Paul’s Carnival procession route podcast, guiding participants through the route that will take in Easton, Eastville and St Paul's and a community fair called Money, Marketing and Meeting - Forging Partnerships.

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