Black South West Network was delighted to host the first BAME Voluntary Sector Network Meeting for African/Caribbean & Asian heritage organisations on Monday 14th January 2019 at the City Hall. This meeting provided an opportunity for local BAME-led voluntary sector organisations to meet and discuss the challenges they face and the opportunities within the city.
Join us for the second meeting of our The Bristol Urban, Enterprise & Innovation Network!
BSWN is delighted to be working with the Runnymede Trust to bring the third seminar of the Common Cause Cardiff Network to Bristol to encourage input from Bristol-based BAME leaders. This seminar will be slightly longer than usual (5 hours), and will focus on how to centre research methods as a way of deepening your expertise and the vision you have for changing the world.
BSWN would like to invite you to our Annual Review event titled: 'Reimagining the BAME VCSE: Connected, resilient, engaged’, including the AGM, which will be hosted at the Malcolm X Centre on 20th November 2018, between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
You are invited to the launch event for Bristol Urban Enterprise & Innovation Network Launch to be held on Friday, 9th November, 6pm – 8pm at Bristol City Hall. This network is part of our response to the findings from our BAME business and social enteprise sector research undertaken this summer and commissioned by Bristol City Council.
Babbasa in collaboration with the award-winning Plimsoll Productions, Watershed and The Festival of Ideas, invite you for an evening of stories, discussion and networking.
You are warmly invited by BSWN and partners to the Bristol Somali Festival 2018, which marks the 4th return of the sister Festival to the Somali Festival Week in London. The annual celebration of the local Somali community has become a Bristol staple and part of BSWN's annual contribution to the Black History month.
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Black South West Network would like to invite you to participate in our research project. Our objectives are to map Black/Asian and Minority Ethnicities-led enterprises and businesses in the West of England, asses their size and structure, and better understand their strengths, concerns, and needs. The findings will be used to develop new tailored business support and facilitate access to the already existing funding opportunities.
This survey is part of a research project run by BSWN in partnership with Babbasa, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital and Ashley Community Housing.
This survey is part of a research project funded by the Connect Fund and run by the Black South West Network. Our objective is to map the Black/Asian and Minority Ethnic-led social enterprise sector in the South West of England. The findings will be used to coordinate support for BAME-led social enterprises across the South West both in terms of investment readiness and training needs.
BSWN in partnership with Voice 4 Change England would like to invite you to our workshop as a follow up from the recent Roundtable discussions to explore the role social investment could play as an alternative source of funds in an ever-decreasing public sector investment environment. In addition, we know from our work & research that lack of finance is the no1 barrier to enterprise development by BAME sector both private & social purpose, followed by information and networking opportunities.
Our director Sado Jirde has been invited to contribute to the fourth UWE BME Conference this year, which focuses on the theme of Community engagement and partnership. This conference is a one day event celebrating and sharing a year of work undertaken across the university.
BSWN in partnership with Locality would like to invite you to a half day introductory workshop, designed for inner city and black-led community groups and will give participants practical hands-on skills as well as views and tips from community housing experts, and policy and funding advisors. The workshop has been designed to be both interactive and informative.
Join us and fellow activists for a small workshop where you can discuss some learnings from campaigning against racism and for race equality, and share with others what you found effective in engaging others on this topic
Black South West Network and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol would like to invite you to the Bristol launch of the Runnymede Trust's new report exploring the impact of Islamophobia on British Muslims.
Bristol Green Capital Partnership is looking to appoint two new Directors who are particularly interested in environmental sustainability to their Board in their annual elections.
Join Up Our Street for a packed four hours of film, poetry and discussion, plus a delicious shared lunch cooked by Bristol Hospitality Network. What does it mean to be Bristolian in 2018? Includes exclusive local premiere of 'There is Black in the Union Jack' by Black South West Network.
BSWN would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting ( AGM) which will be followed by an event entitled ‘ Inclusive Growth- A Mechanism for Addressing Inequality?'
This event highlights the vibrant networks of Asian and African activists, intellectuals, and artists who met and interacted in the era of decolonisation. The event will launch an exhibition and digital visualisation - in partnership with the Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio - that maps their journeys.
Walking on the 'White' side of the street - An Introduction to the History and On-going Impact of British 'Whiteness'
Talk and Q & A Session with member Matt Jacobs.
In this talk we will explore the history and construction of 'Whiteness' as a phenomenon that structures and conditions society and social relations.
As part of the Bristol Somali Festival 2017 and its themes, local Somali actors will bring together the stories previously gathered in 4 separate workshops throughout August and September 2017. There, Bristol Somali mothers, fathers, sons and daughters each had their own space to talk about the pressures they’ve faced adjusting to life in Britain and what they would really like to discuss with other family members. For more information about this free event and on how to book tickets, please click on the event title above.
The second day of the festival will take place on Saturday the 28th October in the form of a large family day, an opportunity for families with young children to participate and enjoy being surrounded by Somali culture. There will be several attractions organised, including a fabric and craft store, craft tables, Somali kitchen for an experiences of blending spices, and an exhibition of Somali cultural artefacts. For more information about this event, please click the title of the event above.
The Bristol Somali Festival is a sister to the week-long Somali Festival in London that is curated by Ayan Mahamoud. This is year’s festival focuses on the concept on Identity, Belong and role of culture within the diaspora community. Thanks to the success of the last year’s Bristol Somali Festival, BSWN in partnership with M Shed and other partners are able to bring Somali Festival to Bristol once again for two days of discussion and activities aimed to celebrate the Somali community in Bristol. The festival will be launched on the evening of 27th October with an event hosted in partnership with M Shed. Key note speaker: Osman Mohamed Ali. Speakers include: Dr Idil Osman, Artan Mohamed, Abira Hussein, Zahra Kosar. Followed by poetry reading from renown Somali poet Xasan Daahir Ismaaciil Weedhsame translated by Martin Orwin. For more information and to book tickets, click the event title above.
What does it mean to be Black and British in modern Britain? First, we will show the documentary produced by Black South West Network in partnership with 8th Sense Media on our Heritage Lottery Funded project #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack that is focused on the relationships between heritage of race, identity, and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) community in Bristol. Then we will engage the BME community on their views of the documentary and where Bristol as a city is headed in terms of racial politics, heritage, and belonging. Speakers include: Dr. Edson Burton, Sado Jirde, Kunle Olulode, Delano Gourmet – Moore, Michael Jenkins, Desmond Brown, and Councillor Estella Tincknell. For more information and to book tickets, click the event title above.
#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. 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. Speakers include: Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, Afua Hirsch, Maya Goodfellow, Omar Khan, and David Olusoga. For more information and to book tickets, click the event title above.
This event marks the beginning of a series of events organised or facilitated by Black South West Network as our contribution to the Black History Month and the Festival of the Future City 2017.
Historically and currently – 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 (launched on 19th April 2017 and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund) 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? Speakers include: Dr. Madhu Krishnan, Dr.Sumita Mukherjee, Aisha Rana-Deshmukh, and Nicole Truesdell. For more information and to book tickets, click the event title above.