10th Year Anniversary Events

African Voices Forum was first registered as an Umbrella Community Association in August 2008 – This year AVF commemorates it’s 10th Year Anniversary with it’s members through various events starting from the 1st August 2018 – 31st July 2019.

OCTOBER 2018

AVF Co-hosts a discussion with Bristol Women’s Forum – Black Womens’ contribution to the Suffragettes movement

7th October

Programme

11am – 11.15 Event to open the day –  A gospel choir 
11.15 – 12.00  Historian from BRHG (Black and Asian Women and the Suffrage Movements: A talk with Silu Pascoe to explore efforts to uncover the stories so often omitted from the history of suffrage in Britain and the US.)
12.00 – 12.30 Talk by artists from Rise Arts – exploring their work
12.30 – 1.30pm – Discussing what suffrage means to BME women and the contribution that BME women have made to women’s rights in the UK.
2.00 – 2.45pm Amantha –a commissioned theatre piece with two black women from Bristol. 
2.45 – 3.00pm – Rise Arts present legacy art piece
3.00 – 3.45pm Breathing fire performance 
16.00- Choir and Dionne/Tanteddy to end on we Rise. 
ALL DAY – display by Rise Arts – working with young black women to produce artworks celebrating BME women in activism, what the vote means to BME women, what suffrage means.
ALL DAY Scrap store working with kids to make suffrage hats

AFRIFEST 2018

12/13TH OCTOBER – MALCOLM X CENTRE    FESTIVAL OF CULTURE ARTS AND HERITAGE IN FULL SWING WITH THE PROGRAMME BELOW

12TH OCTOBER – AFRIFEST – DOOR’S OPEN AT 6PM AT THE MALCOLM X CENTRE WITH 

       INTER-YOUTH QUIZ And TALENT SHOW COMPETITION

Teams of 3 Players, aged between 12-16. Questions willbe themed under Justice, Recognition and Development. There will be prizes for 1/2/3rd Place and Certificates for all Participants, the event is designed to be fun and should launch the beginning of the Educational agenda under the Unesco Declaration of IDPAD. To register please email africanvoicesforum@yahoo.co.uk or contact Davie Dravie John on 07982720131.  This will be followed quite closely by a Talent Competition, teams of young people will be presenting their performances to the judges under the same theme – the judges will base their decisions on Characterisation, Diction, Clarity of Content, Presentation Style, Timing and Costume. But come and have fun. 

FULL PROGRAMME BELOW:-

12th October, Malcolm X Centre. 6– 10 pm

       INTER-YOUTH QUIZ And TALENT SHOW     COMPETITION.

13th October, Malcolm X Centre. AFRIFEST 2018

Festival Of Arts, Culture And Heritage.

6.00- 6.05-   Welcome  Courtesy and In House Healthy and Safety- David Dravie-John- Program Director

10.30 am- 12 noon- Setting Up Of Stalls, Stage And Decor- ALL MEMBERS

6.05-  6.15pm- Guest Speaker—Mme Peninah A- Kindberg- Financial & Business Adviser & AVF Director

6.15- 6.30pm – Musical Interlude- DJ

6.30 -7.30pm – Inter Youth Quiz Competition. Question Mistress. Mme Sauda Kylambuka

Recorder-Mr Jimmy Taylor

12 noon- 1.00 pm- Music From Around The World

1pm-  1.05 pm- Welcome Courtesy and Introduction Of M.Cs- Mme Kizzy Morelle & Frank A

 1.05pm- 1.10 pm- MC’s Courtesy and In- house Health and Safety.

1.10-1.15 pm- LIBATION

1.15-1.30 pm- DRUM CALL- Curtain Raiser

1.30-1.40 pm- Guest Of Honour Message and        Formal Opening Of AFRIFEST 2018 By Her Worship The Mayor Of Bristol, Cllr Cleo Lake

1.40- 1.45 pm- Special Appearance- Sing/Song Writer- Vanessa Melody Smith

1.45- 2.00 pm- Guest Speaker Remarks- Deputy Mayor Of Bristol, Cllr Asher Craige

2.00- 2.30 pm- REVIVE DANCERS

           ( ALL WORKSHOPS IN THE MAIN HALL)

 2.30pm-3pm—Drumming Workshop by Richard Davis,

 3.pm- 3.30 pm- Poetry Workshop- by Mme Ross Martin

 3.30- 4.00 pm- Salsa Dancing Workshop, by Pilo Cerguera, 

 4.00pm- 4.30 pm- Drama/Storytelling

 4.30pm- 5.00pm- Singing/ music Workshop  by Robert Beckley –

2.0   pm- 5.00 pm- Children Face Painting , Arts and Craft Workshop, By kulture Lee- Harriet Turbman Room

4.0   pm-5.00 pm-

 CULTURAL PERFORMANCES: Various Community Organisations and Cultural Groups-(a) SLEBA, (b) SWIG, (c) KENYA ASSOCIATION, (d) BRISTOL ZIMBABWE ASSOCIATION, (e) KHOMBOSILLAH ASSOCIATION,(f) UGANDAN ASSOCIATION, (g)  BRISTOL CAMAROONIAN ASSOCIATION  (h) SOMALI Association, (I) SENEGALISE ASSOCIATION, ETC —  MAIN STAGE OUTSIDE

5.30pm- 7.pm- Lunching Of Partnership Film Project and FILM SHOW- Mme Sauda Kyalambuka

7.30- 7.40 Musical Interlude—– Special Appearance

NIGHT PROGRAMME- 9.00- pm- 3.30 am – XTRA BONANZA PARTY

7.40- 7.45 Introduction Of Judges- By Mr Jimmy Taylor: Mme Vanessa Melody Smith, Mr Julz Davies, Mr Robert  Beckley and Mr David Dravie-John

9.30 pm- Welcome Courtesy- By Mme Sauda Kyalambuka

 9.40 pm- Special Performer, Sing/Song Writer- Sissanda-  From South Africa

7.45- 9.15 Inter-Youth Talent Show Competition:

(1)    Music

(2)    Dance

(3)    Drama

(4)    Poetry

10.pm -Guest Of Honour- Lord Lieutenant Of Bristol- Special Message and Presentation Of Certificates To Community Organisations/ Individuals. 

9.15- 9.25 – Distribution Of Prizes by Mr Buba Toure- AVF Chairman

10.30 pm- 11 pm- FASHION SHOW

9.25- 9.30 Closing Remarks- Mr Jimmy Taylor-Ag Secretary General AVF

11 pm- Guest Speaker- Dr Ibrahim Sega Shaw- Co-Founder & AVF 1st Secretary General

              Special Appearance- Pilo SALSA ANCERS-   ALL NIGHT PARTY!!!

AFRO’S TOP MODEL 2019 BEAUTY PAGEANT – 13th Oct 9-10pm

AVF launches an Afro Fashion and Beauty Themed Activities with a grand final fashion show – Programme is part of the Afrifest : an African themed festival that is organised in recognition of 10th Anniversary.Programme will be organised by the participants , facilitated and mentored by Letween CEO ; Corporate Minds LTD and Creative Director at Afro Fashion Festival. Participants will have a chance to be selected for entry into Afro’s Top Model 2019 Beauty Pageant and will receive freebies and goody bags as well as being part of a Glamour and Glitz event at the same time making history. The aim is to giving exposure to the Afro Girl Child who have dreams of becoming models or have interests in the Events management, Art and design, fashion and beauty, engage with the public to create awareness and appreciation of Afro culture, fashion and Beauty – participants will conduct unmediated chance encounters and random incidents with public places in fusion with the Afrifest theme.
 Stereotypes Of Black Women’s Identity – 21st October 2018
“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference.”

The Panel Discussion led by 3 women from diverse backgrounds leading the discussion on the stereotyped black woman. For centuries, black women have been shoehorned into a handful of stereotypes—i.e., the mammy, the sexual siren, the welfare queen, the matriarch, and the angry Black woman. Arguably, Michelle Obama represents a pushback against each of these, even at the implicit level.
REDEFINING IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN BOOK LAUNCH, DINNER AND DANCE – 3rd November PAVILLION – QUAYSIDE – TICKETED EVENT – £25 PP CONTACT PENINAH ON 07862729407

AVF launches the first publication in Bristol that celebrates the lives and stories of 20 women of African descent in Bristol. They come from all walks of life, they have contributed to Bristol in all sorts of ways. They are our role models. This project brings together a pool of women who are role models for women of African descent.
“Strong role models at home and in the local community are vital to showing girls and young women that they are capable of achieving great things” Karen Brady, Businesswoman and TV personality
While some argue that there is a lack of positive black female role models, there really isn’t. However, there is a lack of admiration for these figures today as there was in the past. Bristol has its share of female role models of African descent. This events captures the stories of these women in a publication which will be available for schools and institutions that would like to use them for the future generation.

November 2018 – 10th November 2-4pm 

Watershed

Afrika Eye Film festival – Despite the African National Congress being at the height of its powers, its future is today less certain than at any time in its long history. In the past, the liberation movement went through two huge transformations with remarkable agility. 100 Years later we are asking the question of Economic Power, Leadership and the Future of South Africa. AVF facilitates a discussion on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, featuring the present day global apartheid that still plagues the mighty nation of South Africa. Join us at the Afrika Eye Film Festival in November for a film and discussion at the Watershed.
Programme of Events AFRIFEST 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  23TH NOVEMBER 2018
A fitting conclusion to this year’s events culminates with an annual general meeting on the 23rd November at the Malcolm X Centre from 6-9pm. The theme is to “REVIVE, RESTORE AND PROMOTE. We would welcome the presence of all our members to support and set the vision for the future of African Voices Forum. Our priorities for 2019 onwards is to effectively and fully engage with our member organizations in the spirit of UBUNTU.


AUGUST 2018

  1. Everything Jamaica – launches on the 4th August at Malcolm X Centre. Tan Teddy showcases the best of Jamaican Culture through performing arts, music, dance, poetry, food, fashion and workshops for all ages.
Tan Teddy 56th Jamaican Independence Celebration

2. Party in the Park – SeneGambia Hidden Talents – this is a family friendly annual celebration hosted by SHT – this year it takes place at Netham Park on 4th August

SWIG – Beach Time

Sierra Leone Womens Group annual beach event will be held on 25th August at Barry Island. Tickets are available from the organisers, see the link below.