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.

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.

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

October 2018 – Dates to be Confirmed

AFRO’S TOP MODEL 2019 BEAUTY PAGEANT

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.
INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN DINNER AND DANCE

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.

Stereotypes Of Black Women’s Identity

“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.
African Voices Forum leads round table discussions on the Identity of black women as part of the proclamation by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.

REDEFINING IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN

November 2018

November 11th – 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.