BLACK HISTORY MONTH “I have a dream…”

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
OCTOBER 2013
“I have a dream…”
“Even though we face the
difficulties of today and
tomorrow, I still have a dream.”
“Now is the time to rise from the dark and
desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path
of racial justice.”
“Let freedom ring…”
CRER has endeavoured to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this brochure. The responsibility
for the contents of each event lies with the individual organisation(s).
CRER
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
COALITION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND RIGHTS
78 Carlton Place, Glasgow G5 9TH
T: 0141 418 6530 E: [email protected]
www.crer.org.uk
CRER is a charity registered in Scotland (SC029007)
BLACK HISTORY
MONTH
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
OCTOBER 2013
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
CRER
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
(CRER) once again welcomes you to Black
History Month 2013. We are delighted
to present our diverse, vibrant and lively
programme of events and invite you to get
involved in the festivities!
Black History Month has been celebrated in Scotland since 2001. Every year, the
month of October is set aside to provide individuals from all cultures, ethnicities
and backgrounds with an opportunity to learn, understand and honour the positive
role that black /minority ethnic men, women and children have played in shaping
both Glasgow and Scotland’s history. It is a time to acknowledge the contributions,
sacrifices and achievements that have been made in the past by certain individuals
allowing us to stand where we are today and build upon our future.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream”
speech. This famous speech commemorates a turning point in history, not just for
America but for the whole world – its message and philosophy is seen as being
timeless and one that resonates worldwide. To this end, CRER has organised an
informative, insightful and interactive lecture that will focus on race relations 50
years on from this famous speech; outline the impact that King’s message had;
and highlight how his message resonates with us today. CRER will also be paying
homage to King’s speech by screening it at our Black History Month Launch event
and we invite you to come along and join us in hearing this electrifying, emotional
and poignant speech!
In addition to this, CRER has been working in collaboration with other organisations
/ individuals to organise a variety of exciting events for you! We have organised
educational lunchtime talks; interesting lectures to highlight the work and life of
historical figures that have left their mark in history; informative tours to highlight the
role of slavery in Glasgow’s economic development; a trip to the International Slavery
Museum; and a trip to the David Livingstone Centre to find out more about the life,
travels and experiences of this famous explorer. For those who are interested in
learning about history in a relaxed and fun filled setting, we have organised plenty
of music activities, creative workshops and a comedy night at The Stand!
This year’s Black History Month has once again expanded beyond Glasgow, with
events taking place in Edinburgh, Lanarkshire, and East Lothian. CRER would like
to thank the number of public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations,
community groups and individuals featured in this brochure who have organised
a wide range of events making this year’s celebrations possible. There is
something for everyone so please come along and join us in celebrating
Black History Month 2013.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Livingstone at the Heart of Africa: A Legacy
CRER Black History Month 2013 Launch
Exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary
of the birth of David Livingstone. Livingstone
studied Greek at the University of Glasgow
in 1836-7. He became a medical doctor and
missionary explorer in Africa, leading three
expeditions between 1840 and his death in 1873.
He was conferred an honorary doctorate from the University in 1854.
Join the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) in celebrating
Black History Month 2013. This launch event will mark the beginning
of a month long celebration of the contributions made by black &
minority ethnic men and women to Glasgow and Scotland’s heritage.
CRER will be joined by the Lord Provost of Glasgow City Council and
Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sports for
the opening speeches.
We will be taking this opportunity to outline some of the exciting events
that will be taking place during October and be showcasing extracts of
poetry tied up in black history which have been written by individuals
within our local community. CRER will also be paying homage to Martin
Luther King, Jr. electrifying, emotional and poignant speech by screening it
throughout the evening.
There is lots happening so come along and help us kick start the celebrations. We look
forward to seeing you.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 16th April – 31st October 2013
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Free, no booking required
Memorial Chapel, Professors’ Square, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
Joan Keenan on 0141 330 5419 or email [email protected]
East Lothian Multi-Cultural Day 2013
Join us for this unique family event featuring music, dance, stories and
culture from across the Commonwealth!
From food to fashion, the grounds of Prestongrange Museum will be
transformed as you are transported across the globe!
Watch performances from groups including the Ossigili Maasai Warriors,
The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew, Dunbar Highland Dancers and the Zawadi Alba Choir!
Learn to dance African style with our special ‘Everyone Loves the Beat’ workshops for
children and families alike, get lost in tales from down under and the Pacific Islands and
meet creatures from across the different continents!
Explore the environments of the Commonwealth with interactive sessions with Dynamic
Earth, Zoolab, Scottish National Heritage and the Ranger Service!
Linking in with the 2014 Commonwealth Games, you can try out some of the sports of the
Games and find out about local opportunities to get involved!
DATES: Sunday 22nd of September 2013
TIMES: 11am to 4pm
TICKET INFO: Entry is free! VENUE: Grounds of Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans
MORE INFO: For more information and a full programme please visit
www.eastlothian.gov.uk/multiculturalday2103
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DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Wednesday 25th September 2013
6.30pm – 8pm
(Registration and refreshments available from 6pm onwards)
FREE – please book ahead by contacting Nadia on
[email protected] or 0141 418 6530.
Places are limited so book now!
Street Level Photoworks, Trongate 103, Glasgow G1 5HD
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
‘The sugar in our tea’: Scotland, slavery and abolition
A new exhibition exploring Scottish connections with the transatlantic slave trade,
plantation slavery and abolition, curated by students of Professor Simon Newman’s History
Special Subject course ‘The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Development of Plantation
Slavery’. The exhibition shows how fresh aspects of this story can be uncovered using
original materials.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 1st - 31st October 2013
8am - 7pm everyday
Free
Am Fosglan, Main Entrance, Glasgow University Library
Lesley Richmond on 0141 330 2089
or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Ankur ha-ha: Giving a platform to Scotland’s
new talent
There are so many talented artists out there in our
black and minority ethnic communities but sadly they
often don’t get the chance to develop their talents
and flourish in Scotland.
That’s why, as Chair of Scotland’s only black and
minority ethnic arts company, Ankur Productions,
I’m proud of the work we’re doing to develop and
nurture new talent from diverse cultures.
In partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.
The Citizens Theatre, and The Tron Theatre, Ankur
invite artists from a broad range of cultures and disciplines to take part in our
annual Ha Ha’s.
The selected artists receive bursaries and are assigned a mentor to develop their work
and test out ideas.
For Black History Month we’ll be showcasing six brilliant projects at a scratch night at
The Tron Theatre on 2nd October.
They couldn’t be more diverse: beat boxer Bigg Taj and cameraman Ammie Sekhon
make a film about what it’s like to be a turban wearing Sikh performing in front of a white
audience, performance artists Ama Josephine and Nima Sene explore the fight for equality
in a post- feminist age, and Rachel Jury looks at the American civil rights movement
through the eyes of the legendary singer Nina Simone. Iyad Hayatleh, Yinka Ekundayo, and
Rachel Thibbotumunuwe have also come up with exciting ideas and I’m looking forward to
seeing their work.
Two of the projects will be selected for further investment allowing the artists to realise their
idea as a studio based work. They’ll be following in the footsteps of Lou Prendergast and
Nalini Chetty, our hugely successful Ha Ha artists from last year who are now getting the
chance to mount their work as part of a double bill at the Citizens Theatre.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for our new talent so please come along and see them at The
Tron and show them your support.
Written by Shereen Nanjiani
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 4
Wednesday 2nd October 2013
7.30pm
£5
Tron Theatre
Contact Cheryl Strong on [email protected] or 0141 559 4935 for further information.
Livingstone’s Companions
Look out for our travelling banner exhibition which will be displayed
in various places throughout the month of October, which
highlights the lives of Sechele, Sekelutu, Susi, Chuma and Jacob
Wainwright, all of whom contributed greatly to David Livingstone’s
achievements.
DATES: 1st - 31st October 2013
TICKET INFO: If you would like to display the banners at your organisation then please contact [email protected]
Tickets available from
www.nts.org.uk/Property/David-Livingstone-Centre/Events
VENUE: Across Glasgow and South Lanarkshire
MORE INFO: Martha Burns Findlay on 0844 493 2207
or email [email protected]
“It Wisnae Us” Exhibition: The Truth about
Glasgow and Slavery
The “It Wisnae Us” exhibition offers an insight into the role
of slavery in Glasgow’s past, a role largely unrecognised until
the present era. The exhibition focuses on the buildings and
streets of Glasgow’s tangible links with slavery. Based on
the book written and researched by former CRER researcher
Stephen Mullen, this exhibition will provide you with an
understanding of Glasgow’s mercantile past and illustrates
the links between tobacco, slavery and abolition.
Exhibition available for FREE HIRE to community groups; black and minority ethnic
organisations; and schools.
MORE INFO: Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Ankur ha-ha Masterclass
The Ankur ha-ha is a platform for emerging artists to experiment
with intra-cultural practice and multiple disciplines. This free workshop
is an opportunity to meet the ha-ha’s and explore cultural fusion across
disciplines. Find out how to apply to the ha-ha programme! Become a
ha-ha!
The Ankur ha-ha provides a platform for new work from any discipline.
Come along to the Tron Theatre on Friday 4th October to meet Ankur
Productions. Maximum capacity is 20. First come first served.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Friday 4th October 2013
7pm – 9.30pm
Free Event
The Tron Theatre
Cheryl Strong on 0141 559 4935 or
email [email protected]
Film Screening of No! Rape with speakers from Black
Women’s Rape Action Project, Black Feminists and Shakti
Created by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, a rape survivor,
this documentary took 13 years to complete and includes
testimonials, scholarly interviews and inspiring activism
relating to rape of African-American women by
African-American men. It will be followed by a discussion
led by representatives from Black Women’s Rape Action
Project, Shakti and Black Feminists.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 6
Saturday 5th October 2013
6pm
Free
CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3JD
United Kingdom
website: http://cca-glasgow.com/
Elaine Castillo on 07400 610 319
email: [email protected]
I Knew a Man Called Livingstone
Join Susi and Chuma as we re-enact David
Livingstone’s final journey. With live music and
vivid storytelling in the stunning grounds of the
David Livingstone Centre, this interactive event
will introduce you to some of the Africans David
Livingstone lived and worked with.
DATES: Saturday 5th October 2013
TIMES: 2pm
TICKET INFO: Ticket price £5. Maximum capacity 30.
Suitable for ages 8+. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Dress for the weather. Book online, email or telephone.
Advanced booking advisable.
Tickets available from
www.nts.org.uk/Property/David-Livingstone-
Centre/Events
VENUE: David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY
MORE INFO: Martha Burns Findlay on 0844 493 2207
or email [email protected]
Shona Language Classes
Learn one of Zimbabwe’s languages, Shona, in a relaxed and
participatory session led by Glasgow-based poet/musician Tawona
Sithole. Learn and share in the culture and life behind the words and
expressions. Bring your fun side! Suitable for ages 16+.
DATES: Saturday 5th October, Saturday 12th October
& Saturday 19th October 2013
TIMES: 11am-12:30pm
TICKET INFO: Ticket price £4 per lesson or £10 to book a place on all 3 lessons. Book online, email or telephone. Advanced booking advisable
Tickets available from
www.nts.org.uk/Property/David-Livingstone-Centre/Events
VENUE: David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY
MORE INFO: Martha Burns Findlay on 0844 493 2207
or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black History Month 2013 – Comedy Night
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) kick starts
Black History Month with a mix of comedy and entertainment in
association with Co-operative Membership, Fair Pley and
The Stand Comedy Club.
The evening line-up features some of Scotland’s finest black /
minority ethnic performers including Hari Sriskantha, Katai
Kasengele and Wayne Maz plus special guests, MC Susan
Morrison supported by Co-operative Membership.
In association with
The Stand Comedy Club
Come along and join us for an evening of laughs.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Sunday 6th October 2013
Doors 7.30pm – show starts 8.30pm
Tickets priced at £5 per person
To book tickets contact the box office on 0844 335 8879
The Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
CRER Black History Month Tours
The walks take participants on a historical journey through Glasgow’s
mercantile past and examine the connections with tobacco, slavery
and the abolition movement. These connections are demonstrated
today by Glasgow’s built heritage, which betrays much of the
disgraceful role of slavery in the city’s economic development. The
built heritage also provides an extraordinary insight into the local campaigns, in which
individuals and organisations worked together towards the abolition of the despicable
trade in human misery. The tours will be led by the author of “It Wisnae Us: The Truth about
Glasgow and Slavery”, Stephen Mullen.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 8th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th October 2013
1pm – 3pm
Free event – BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Contact Nadia on
[email protected] or 0141 418 6530 to make a booking.
Starting at Glasgow Cathedral, 2 Castle Street, Glasgow, G3 0RH.
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
History in the Making!
The Hunterian Insight Talks
Strathclyde University and the Students’ Association invites you to
participate in a journey of learning and entertainment.
A series of short 10 minute lunchtime talks inspired by the
Hunterian’s collections and the bicentenary of the birth of
David Livingstone.
Please come and join us on Wednesday 9 October 2013: 11am-9pm.
A range of activities will take place including an exhibition, discussion
and films dedicated to the theme.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: DATES: Wednesday 9th October 2013
TIMES: Exhibition: 11am- 3pm foyer and the
Scene level 4
Panel discussion: Is Scotland a racist country?
3.30pm - 4.30pm (Debates Chamber level 6)
Movie at 5pm (Debates Chamber level 6):
To Kill a Mockingbird.
Light snacks will be provided.
TICKET INFO: Please register for this FREE event:
www.strathstudents.com/historyinthemaking
VENUE: University of Strathclyde Students’ Association,
90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH
MORE INFO: Naseem Anwar on 0141 548 2811 or email [email protected]
Roza Salih on 0141 567 5028 or email [email protected]
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8 Oct: Scottish Encounters with
Tropical Diseases by Prof Mike Barratt.
15 Oct: You Took The Part That Once Was My Heart:
Livingstone and trees by Sybren Renema.
22 Oct: David Livingston by Dr Justin Livingstone.
29 Oct: The University of Glasgow and the Geological Exploration of Somalia by Dr John Faithful.
1pm
Free, no booking required
The Hunterian, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
Monica Callaghan on 0141 330 2838
or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Black Minstrelsy in Scotland
Inspired by Black History Month, The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
(CRER) has organised a lunchtime talk around the Black Minstrelsy in
Scotland. This interactive event will discuss the black faced minstrel shows
from America at a critical time in the battle for “hearts & minds” on the issue
of slavery in the southern states of America – in the two decades prior to the
outbreak of the Civil War. The great emancipation campaigner Frederick
Douglass, then in Scotland, denounced the shows as rooted in racist bigotry.
The presentation will be delivered by Dr Eric Graham, Honorary
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Scottish Centre for the Diaspora, University of
Edinburgh. Project consultant to the Structure & significance of British
Caribbean Slave – ownership project (UCL) and author of Burns & the
Sugar Plantocracy of Ayrshire.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Wednesday 9th October 2013
12.30pm – 1.30pm, sandwich lunch provided
To book your place please contact Nadia on
[email protected] or 0141 418 6530
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
78 Carlton Place G5 9TH
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
Black Power Mixtape and The House I Live
In plus guest speakers
Essential viewing of our time, each of these award-winning
films strikes you with a thudding realisation of a world that
refuses to let go of class and race inequality. The House I
Live In will be introduced by one of the film’s partners, Ben
Curran, curator of the UK’s only Museum of Drugs.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 10
Thursday 10th October: The House I Live in
Wednesday 16th October: Black Power Mixtape
Doors 7.30pm
£6/£5. People on benefits/asylum seekers just £1 and can
be bought on the door. Book tickets through The Glad Café
www.thegladcafe.co.uk or call 0141 636 6119
The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG
Emily Rivron on 07594860276 or email [email protected]
Sun, Sea, Sand and Scotland: Scotland’s Role in
Empire, Slavery and Caribbean
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), in
partnership with National Union of Journalists has organised an
event to explore the links between Scotland and the Caribbean.
Authors Christopher Dolan, Kei Miller and Andrea Stuart will
read from their latest books and actor David Hayman will
discuss his latest documentaries highlighting the link between
Scotland and the British Empire. Come along and join us in this
informative, insightful and fun filled evening.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Thursday 10th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm
(5.30pm registration and refreshments)
FREE entry, BOOKING REQUIRED.
Contact Nadia Rafiq on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected] to book your FREE place.
Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN
For further information contact Dominic Bascombe,
NUJ Scotland on 0141 248 6648 or email [email protected]
Community Bring & Share Meal
A community bring and share meal to celebrate international cuisine
and spend a great evening together. Come with a dish to share
and a willingness to try new dishes. Entertainment provided.
(We expect all food to be prepared according to Food Hygiene
standards. Attendees take personal responsibility for participating.)
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Friday 11th October 2013
7pm
Free but ticketed
St David’s Parish Church, Boreland Drive,
Knightswood, Glasgow, G13 3DX
Niki Logan on 0141 954 4833 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Navaratri - ‘Nine Days of Dance’
- Indian Cultural Celebration
Navarati is one of India’s most lively cultural festivals, celebrating
and honouring the mother goddess, Durga. Maryhill Integration
Network welcomes you to join the event, learn about Indian
culture and traditions, and take part in activities that will bring
people together, promote integration, cultural understanding and
community cohesion.
DATES: Saturday 12th October 2013
TIMES: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
TICKET INFO: Free event
VENUE: TBC
MORE INFO: For more information please go to
www.maryhillintegration.org.uk
Tel: 0141 9469106 Email: [email protected]
Curator’s Talk
Come along to this talk to hear about some of the key African
people who inspired and supported David Livingstone during
his travels and see some of the artefacts in our collection which
are associated with Livingstone’s African companions.
DATES: Saturday 12th October 2013
TIMES: 2-3pm
TICKET INFO: Free for National Trust for Scotland members,
£2 for non-members. Book online, email,
telephone or drop-in on the day
Tickets available from www.nts.org.uk/
Property/David-Livingstone-Centre/Events
VENUE: David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY
MORE INFO: Martha Burns Findlay on 0844 493 2207
or email [email protected]
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Trip to the David Livingstone Centre
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has organised a
day trip to the David Livingstone Centre. During the course of the
day you will see the birthplace of Livingstone, a humble single room
in an old tenement building. The guided tour will take you through
his life from birth to death, giving you an insight into the character,
the adventures and achievements of the man who went from mill
boy to Victorian hero. You will also get to see the special temporary
exhibition “Nyangwe Diary: Shining New Light on Livingstone”
which displays how modern technology has uncovered Livingstone’s
diaries, revealing his horrific account of the massacre of hundreds of
Africans by Arab slave traders.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Saturday 12th October 2013
11am – 3.30pm
£6.50 entry fee per adult / £4.00 entry fee per
child. To book your place contact Nadia Rafiq on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
FREE transport will be provided from Glasgow to
the David Livingstone Centre.
David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre G72 9BY
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
The Pipe Of Freedom
Slave Trail Guided Tours.
DATES: 1st October to 31st October 2013
TICKET INFO: 12th October official opening and civic reception- invite only Provost of Stirling Mike Robbins officiating
VENUE: Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ
[email protected]
MORE INFO: Meg Amasi on 01786 464144 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black Awareness And Cultural Events (BAACE)
Lost Life by Iman Tajik
Some activities include:
African Dance workshop by Jennifer Ba, Drumming workshop by
Waa Sylla Group, African Storey telling by Isla Menzies & Laura
Bilton, Makossa Band - Peter Akeampong, Scottish Pipering, African
Drums & Africa-In-Motion (AIM Films).
An exhibition of powerful portraits of Iranian refugees now living in
Glasgow. Lost Life explores the emotional journey of Iranian refugees
as they attempt to rebuild their lives in Scotland and the memories, loss
and hopes they carry with them. Photographs by Iman Tajik. Supported
by Scottish Refugee Council.
Solo Artist include: Cynthia Gentle, Samba Sene,
Benny Tetteh-Lartey, Fidelia Ijomah, Sam Achampon and
Sylvain Ayite.
Working in partnership
with Ghana Association
Edinburgh
Catering: Exotic African Cuisine available on the day & In house bar
for all to purchase drinks
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: Saturday 12th October 2013
12noon to midnight
Price £5 OR under so all can attend
Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Saturday 26th October 2013
12noon to midnight
Price £5 OR under so all can attend
The Edinburgh Academy
For more information, please check our website:
[email protected] or email [email protected]
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Amnesty International Society Discussion Event
with Screening of ‘Here We Stay’
An evening of interactive discussion with panelists from Glasgow
Refugee Asylum & Migration Network (GRAMnet), Scottish Refugee
Council and the ‘Glasgow Girls’.
As part of this event there will be a screening of powerful and
insightful documentary, Here We Stay, presented by Scottish Refugee
Council & the Citizens Theatre. Created by refugee participants the
film provides a unique opportunity to hear the reflections of those
seeking refuge in Glasgow today and celebrates the rich and diverse
life stories of refugees and local residents in Glasgow.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 14
Monday 14th October 2013
Exhibition 11am-5pm.
Free
The Scene, University of Strathclyde Students’
Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH.
Suzi Simpson on email [email protected]
Monday 14 October 2013
5pm – 7pm. Screening of ‘Here We Stay’ Documentary.
Pizza and pop will be provided.
Please register for this FREE
event: www.strathstudents.com/lostlives
Debates Chamber, University of Strathclyde Students’ Association,
90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH
For more information contact Roza Salih on 0141 567 5028
or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
CRER Black History Month 2013 Launch
Wednesday 25th September 2013 The Black Minstrelsy in Scotland
6.30pm – 8pm
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
East Lothian Multi-Cultural Day 2013
Sunday 22nd of September 2013 Thursday 10th October: The House I Live in
Wednesday 16th October Black Power Mixtape
Thursday 10th October 2013
Community Bring & Share Meal
1st - 31st October 2013 Friday 11th October 2013
8am -7pm everyday
The Ankur ha-ha: Giving a platform to Scotland’s new talent
The Pipe Of Freedom
Wednesday 2nd October 2013
1st October to 31st October 2013
7.30pm
Livingstone’s Companions
Saturday 12th October 2013
Curator’s Talk
Tues 1st Oct 2013 – Thurs 31st Oct 2013
Saturday 12th October 2013
N/A
The Ankur ha-ha Masterclass
7pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 12th October 2013
Saturday 26th October 2013
6pm
Saturday 12th October 2013
11am-12:30pm
Monday 14th October 2013
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
1pm – 3pm
Specialist talk: African Style Tues 15th Oct 2013
Amazing Africa!
12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th and 20th Oct 2013
Tinga Tinga Stories
Monday 14th & Friday 18th October 2013
11am - 9pm
5pm-7pm
TBC
12.30pm – 2.30pm. (12.15pm registration
2.30-3.30pm
1pm-3pm
11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm
The Legacies of Maud Sulter: artist, curator, writer
Thursday 17th October 2013
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Exhibition 11am-5pm.
Film Screening: “Joy, It’s Nina”
Wednesday 16th October 2013
History in the Making!
Wednesday 9th October 2013
6.30pm – 10.30pm
Show Racism the Red Card’s 10th Fortnight of Action
1pm
CRER Black History Month Tours
8th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th October 2013
Monday 14th October 2013
15th - 29th October 2013
Doors 7.30pm – show starts 8.30pm
The Hunterian Insight Talks
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October 2013
12noon to midnight
12noon to midnight
Amnesty International Society Discussion Event with Screening of ‘Here We Stay’
Black History Month 2013 – Comedy Night
Sunday 6th October 2013
11am – 3.30pm
Lost Lives by Iman Tajik
2pm
Shona Language Classes
Saturday 5th October, Saturday 12th October
& Saturday 19th October 2013
TBC
Navaratri - ‘Nine Days of Dance’ - Indian Cultural Celebration
I Knew a Man Called Livingstone
Saturday 5th October 2013
7pm
Black Awareness And Cultural Events (BAACE)
Film Screening of No! Rape
Saturday 5th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm
Trip to the David Livingstone Centre
2-3pm
“It Wisnae Us” Exhibition: The Truth about Glasgow and Slavery
Friday 4th October 2013
Doors 7.30pm
Sun, Sea, Sand and Scotland: Scotland’s Role in Empire, Slavery and Caribbean
11am to 4pm
‘The sugar in our tea’: Scotland, slavery and abolition
1st - 31st October 2013
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Black Power Mixtape and The House I Live In plus guest speakers
Livingstone at the Heart of Africa: A Legacy
16th April – 31st October 2013 Wednesday 9th October 2013 6pm
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Life and Travels of Frederick Douglass in Scotland
Thursday 17th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm. (5.30pm Registration)
Moving Minds V: Experience Our reality
Thursday 17th October 2013
10am - 3.30 pm
Film Screening of Moudjahidate and Discussion About Contemporary Colonialism
Thursday 17th October 2013
7pm
Historical European Perspectives of ‘The Other’
Saturday 19th October 2013
2-3pm
Dr Martin Luther King Junior: 50 years since I have a dream
Saturday 19th October 2013
10am - 1pm
CRER and Radio Awaz celebrate Black History Month
During month of October, every Saturday
10am – 12 noon
Martin Luther King’s Speech – I have a dream and it’s enduring legacy and relevance to Britain.
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm (5.30pm registration)
Show Racism the Red Card’s 10th Fortnight
of Action
The 10th Fortnight of Action will make a stand against both racism and
sectarianism. This time of concerted action across Scotland encourages
community groups, schools and professional and grassroots football clubs,
amongst others, to positively engage with Show Racism the Red Card.
A major aim of the Fortnight of Action is to encourage anti-racism and
anti-sectarianism actions, events and initiatives taking place across
Scotland throughout the fortnight to act as a catalyst for further
anti-racism and anti-sectarianism activity throughout the year.
DATES: TIMES: MORE INFO: 15th - 29th October 2013
TBC
Ruth McGeoch on 0141 222 2058 or
email [email protected]
Songs of the anti-apartheid movement by John Powles of Giving Voice Workshops
Thursday 24th October 2013
7pm – 9pm
Film screening of Reflections Unheard: Black women in Civil Rights
Thursday 24th October 2013
7pm
The Compensation Lists of Scottish slave holders at the time of the
Emancipation of Slaves in the British Empire (1834)
Thursday 24th October 2013
12.30pm – 1.30pm
The Black Prince of Perthshire
Thursday 24th October 2013
7-9pm
CRER: Trip to the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Saturday 26th October 2013
The tour will leave Glasgow at 8.00am sharp
STUC Black Workers’ Committee Celebration of Achievement – Past and Present
Saturday 26th October 2013
10.00 to 1.30
20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Glasgow
TBCTBC
The Life and Work of Mary Slessor
Tuesday 29th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm (5.30pm registration)
Black, White and Blue: Race Relations in a future Scotland
Wednesday 30th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm (5.30pm registration)
St Andrew’s Day March and Rally
Saturday 30th November 2013
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Assemble 10.30, March off 11am, Rally 12 noon
Film Screening: “Joy, It’s Nina”
Shot in England and Nigeria this evocative and original film builds on the
experiences and emotional lives of West African women living in the UK
separated from their families.
The stories are based on news, court reports and Joy Elias-Rilwan’s own life,
including voice mails left on her answer-machine by the legendary singer
Nina Simone, her friend and self-proclaimed “Spiritual Mother”.
Joy Elias-Rilwan will be here to introduce her film and answer any
questions from the audience. Joy will outline the manner in which her film
explores a contemporary visual language that centres on how a woman of
West African origin inhabits an alien and sometimes hostile landscape. There
will also be a focus on the ways in which the film offers moving interpretations
of identity politics and the place of a woman in two different societies.
An insightful, interesting and interactive event – not to be missed!
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Wednesday 16th October 2013
12.30pm – 2.30pm
(registration and refreshments from 12.15pm onwards)
FREE event, booking required. To book your FREE place, contact Nadia on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
University of Strathclyde, Collins Conference Suite,
Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
Specialist talk: African Style
A look at the vibrant designs that are found on African textiles, jewellery, pottery and
carvings, and the symbolism and meaning behind them.
DATES: Tuesday 15th October 2013
TIMES: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
TICKET INFO: Must be booked in advance
VENUE: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road
South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow G53 7NN
www.glasgowmuseums.com
MORE INFO: Harry Dunlop on 0141 276 9311 or
email [email protected]
Amazing Africa!
Explore the cultures, peoples and wildlife of the African continent through Glasgow
Museums amazing collections and drop-in arts and crafts. A short half-hour family friendly
tour of the World Cultures and Natural History’s African collections will take place at 2pm.
Amazing Africa is for Families 5+.
DATES: 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th October 2013
TIMES: 1pm-3pm
TICKET INFO: Drop-in
VENUE: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road
South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow G53 7NN
www.glasgowmuseums.com
MORE INFO: Harry Dunlop on 0141 276 9311 or
email [email protected]
The Legacies of Maud Sulter: artist, curator, writer
Maud Sulter (1960–2008) was an award-winning artist and writer of
Scottish and Ghanaian heritage who lived and worked in Britain. Sulter
won critical praise for her bold, experimental photographs with their
sensual splendour and inventive image construction that interrogated
and reinvented the visual imagery of black women. This pioneering vision
extended to her curating, writing and publishing. What are the legacies
today of her innovative multi media practice?
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Thursday 17th October 2013
6pm
TBC
Streetlevel Photoworks, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
p h o t o w o r
For further information contact
Malcolm Dickson on [email protected] or 0141 552 2151. Visit www.streetlevelphotoworks.org
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Life and Travels of Frederick Douglass in Scotland
Frederick Douglass was one of the most famous black men of his
time. Born into slavery, he went onto play a key role in shaping the
abolition movement, becoming a human rights leader and a
powerful speaker.
Tinga Tinga Stories
Every wondered why elephant has a trunk? Come and explore African tales and the famous
tinga tinga painting style in this fun and interactive workshop! Tinga Tinga is for pre-5.
Douglass had a huge historical impact on the battle against slavery
in the United States, and was invited to Scotland to aid the cause. To this end,
the evening seminar will focus on the life and travels of Frederick Douglass in Scotland.
It will be an interactive event giving us background to Douglass; exploring his importance
to the abolitionist cause; the role he played in shaping history; and outlining a trail of his
travels in Scotland.
DATES: Monday 14th & Friday 18th October 2013
TIMES: 11am-12noon and 2pm-3pm
TICKET INFO: Must be booked in advance
VENUE: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road
South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow G53 7NN
www.glasgowmuseums.com
MORE INFO: Harry Dunlop on 0141 276 9311 or
email [email protected]
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Thursday 17th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm
(registration and refreshments from 5.30pm onwards)
FREE event – booking required. Please contact Nadia on
0141 418 6530 or email [email protected] to book your FREE place!
Jury’s Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow G1 4QG
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Moving Minds V: Experience Our reality
Presented by VOX and Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum. For a 5th year running, come and
experience a day of events exploring diversity
and mental wellbeing around the theme of reality.
Events range from Music, Song, Dance, Fashion,
Musical performance, films, stalls, guided tour, art
activities and much more.
DATES: Thursday 17th October 2013
TIMES: 10am - 3.30 pm
TICKET INFO: Free however booking required for some events.
To book a place contact [email protected]
Tel: 0141 572 1663
VENUE: Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street,
Glasgow, G3 8AG
MORE INFO: Mahmud Al-Gailani on 0141 572 0519 or email
[email protected]
Film Screening of Moudjahidate and Discussion
About Contemporary Colonialism
This documentary interweaves original footage and contemporary
interviews with women involved in the struggle for national
independence in Algeria. Army veterans, nurses, logistical organisers,
bomb deployers and more reflect on their experiences in cities, villages
and the bush. Followed by a discussion on contemporary colonialism
led by Digital Desperados course participants.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 22
Thursday 17th October 2013
7pm
Free
CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow G2 3JD
United Kingdom. www.cca-glasgow.com
Elaine Castillo on 07400 610 319
email: [email protected]
Historical European Perspectives of ‘The Other’
This talk by Joe Waterfield will explore some of the strange
theories Europeans developed when they encountered people
of different ethnicities during times of exploration. From the
native Americans to the people of Africa, come along to discover
some historical white European perspectives of ‘The Other’.
DATES: Saturday 19th October
TIMES: 2-3pm
TICKET INFO: Free for National Trust for Scotland members,
£2 for non-members. Book online, email, telephone or drop-in on the day.
Tickets available from
www.nts.org.uk/Property/David-Livingstone-Centre/Events
VENUE: David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY
MORE INFO: Martha Burns Findlay on 0844 493 2207
or email [email protected]
Dr Martin Luther King Junior: 50 years since I have a dream
Marking 50 years since King’s most famous speech, this public
event will examine the development of King’s philosophy to
this point, and the various influences on the speech. We will
consider the impact of the speech on the civil rights movement and its goals, as well as
assessing its resonance in how we remember King.
Speaker: Simon Cuthbert-Kerr MA PhD ADED9221D
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Saturday 19th October 2013
10am - 1pm
Free but advanced booking required by calling 0141 330 1860 (10.00-16.30 Monday-Friday).
University of Glasgow, St Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street,
Glasgow G3 6NH
Dr Robert Hamilton on 0141 330 1842
or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
CRER and Radio Awaz celebrate
Black History Month
Songs of the anti-apartheid movement by
John Powles of Giving Voice Workshops
Awaz FM in association with the Coalition for Racial Equality
and Rights (CRER) will commemorate Black History Month by
featuring various interviews, discussions and music highlighting
the contribution that black and minority ethnic communities
have made and continue to make towards Glasgow and
Scotland’s heritage.
Songs of the anti-apartheid movement
This workshop studies the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa
and its links to the movement in Glasgow from the ‘70s through song.
Looking at songs from South Africa and from international
anti-apartheid movements.
A great opportunity to celebrate Glasgow’s involvement in this
important movement and sing along if you wish.
Interviews will be featured on various shows including Africa Live plus more.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: During month of October, every Saturday
10am – 12 noon.
FREE Listen on 107.2FM and online
www.awazfm.co.uk / facebook.com/awazfm
Javed Sattar / Samuel Yerokun on 0141 420 6666 or
email [email protected]
Martin Luther King, Jr Speech – I have a dream
and it’s enduring legacy and relevance to Britain
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has organised
this evening event to commemorate 50 years since Martin Luther
King, Jr delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.” This
seminal speech will be used to explore how we can continue to use
King’s idea to fight for a society that is more equal and inclusive.
Moreover, King’s ideas will be used to delve into issues of identity,
racism and religious intolerance.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Film screening of Reflections Unheard:
Black women in Civil Rights
This documentary focuses on how black women were
caught between the racism of the feminist movement
and sexism in the black power/civil rights movement
and how they mobilised together in response to this
marginalisation. It intermingles 1960/70’s archival footage
from the US with contemporary interviews with women of
colour activists.
This event will be delivered by Richard Reddie, writer and cultural commentator.
Author of four books including “Martin Luther King Jr: History Maker”, a compelling
portrait of the fascinating man and his impact.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 24
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm (5.30pm registration and refreshments)
FREE event – booking required.
Please contact Nadia on 0141 418 6530 or
email on [email protected] to book your place!
Jury’s Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow G1 4QG
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
Thursday 24th October 2013
7pm – 9pm
A small charge of £3 towards future educational programmes will be collected at the door. Tea and coffee will be provided. It is advisable to book in advance to ensure a place. You can book by emailing [email protected] or calling Jackie Mullen
on 0141 221 0003.
WEA Scotland, 4th Floor, Merchant House, 30 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1EG
Jackie Mullen on 0141 221 0003 or email [email protected]
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Thursday 24th October 2013
7pm
Free
CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts,
350 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow G2 3JD
United Kingdom
http://cca-glasgow.com/
Elaine Castillo on 07400 610 319
email: [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The Compensation Lists of Scottish slave holders at
the time of the Emancipation of Slaves in the British
Empire (1834)
Inspired by Black History Month, the Coalition for
Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) has organised a
lunchtime talk around the topic of compensation
lists of Scottish slave holders at the time of the
Emancipation of Slaves in the British Empire (1834).
Twenty percent of all claimants gave Scots addresses
whilst Scots made up ten percent of the UK population at that time.
This seminar will be delivered by Dr Eric Graham, Honorary
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Scottish Centre for the Diaspora, University
of Edinburgh. Project consultant to the Structure & significance of
British Caribbean Slave – ownership project (UCL) and author of Burns & the Sugar
Plantocracy of Ayrshire.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Thursday 24th October 2013
12.30pm – 1.30pm, sandwich lunch provided
To book your place please contact Nadia on 0141 418 6530
or email [email protected]
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
78 Carlton Place G5 9TH
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
The Black Prince of Perthshire
Shrabani Basu, author (www.shrabanibasu.co.uk) delivers a talk about
The Maharajah Duleep Singh, kidnapped from India as a child and
brought to these shores in 1854, whilst the East India Company
annexed the Punjab. The Maharajah Duleep Singh lost his country,
the Koh-i-noor and his identity to Queen Victoria and the British
Empire.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: 26
Thursday 24th October 2013
7-9pm
Free Event with Drinks, Vegetarian meal and snacks.
Limited capacity of 50. First come first served basis.
Glasgow Gurdwara, 37 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE
Cheryl Strong on 0141 559 4935 or
email [email protected]
CRER: Trip to the International Slavery Museum,
Liverpool
To celebrate Black History Month, the Coalition for Racial Equality and
Rights (CRER) is organising a Black History Tour from Glasgow to
Liverpool to visit the International Slavery Museum.
The museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both
in a historic and contemporary context and focuses on freedom and
enslavement. By visiting this museum, it will allow the opportunity to increase awareness
and understanding of the legacy of slavery today. Adapted from the award winning
Transatlantic Slavery Gallery, the International Slavery Museum is located in Liverpool’s
Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks
where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.
The tour will continue onto the World Museum in Liverpool where they are currently
displaying a World Cultures Gallery that represents Africa, North and South America,
Oceania and Asia through artifacts symbolising various traditions, beliefs and religions.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Saturday 26th October 2013
The tour will leave Glasgow at 8.00am sharp
If you wish to book your place email [email protected] or phone CRER on 0141 418 6530 before Friday 11th October 2013.
Tickets priced at £30. Places are limited for this tour so book early to avoid disappointment.
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AX
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
STUC Black Workers’ Committee
Celebration of Achievement – Past and Present
This event celebrates the achievements of black people past and
present. There will be contributions from black people in Scotland
who have, and continue, to inspire their communities and beyond.
The world is richer thanks to the diversity of the people, none more
so than in Scotland. Come and celebrate with us!
DATES: TIMES: MORE INFO: Saturday 26th October 2013
10.00 to 1.30
Sandra Walker on 0141 337 8100 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Glasgow
Black, White and Blue: Race Relations in a future Scotland
October marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Glasgow. There will be an
opportunity to see film footage of the visit in the University Chapel.
The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), in partnership
with the National Union of Journalists has organised an event around
in a future Scotland. There will be discussion around key issues of:
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Free
Memorial Chapel, Professors’ Square, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
Rev Stuart MacQuarrie on 0141 330 4160
or email [email protected]
The Life and Work of Mary Slessor
Mary Slessor (1848-1915) was a Scottish missionary in Nigeria.
Mary is the first non-royal female to appear on a Scottish bank
note, she features on a Clydesdale Bank £10 note. The front
of the note illustrates Mary and the back of the note displays a
map of the area where she worked with native people.
Over her lifetime, Mary Slessor carried out lots of work around
promoting women’s rights and also putting an end to barbaric practices
such as the killing of twins. During a time when the birth of twins was
considered an evil curse, many twins were abandoned and left to die.
Mary rescued, adopted and raised these children as her own, earning her
the famously known title of “Mother of all People”. To this day, the Scottish lady is a notable
part of history in Nigeria.
Douglas Binnie, a trustee of the Mary Slessor Foundation in Dundee, will be leading this lecture.
During this interactive session you will learn about the life and workings of Mary Slessor in West
Africa; the historical impact that this Scottish missionary had within Nigeria; and how she earned
her esteemed title of “Mother of All People” and also a place on our £10 note.
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Tuesday 29th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm
(Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm onwards)
FREE event, booking required.
Contact Nadia Rafiq on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected] to book your FREE place!
Jurys Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, G1 4QG.
Kam Kaur on 0141 418 6530 or email [email protected]
The referendum on Scottish Independence and impact
on black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.
The impact on race relations in a future Scotland.
The role of the Government in promoting positive race relations.
The event will feature presentations from key individuals leading within
the field of Race Equality. This will be followed by a panel discussion led
by Dominic Bascombe from NUJ.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Supported by Greater
Glasgow HOPE not Hate
Wednesday 30th October 2013
6pm – 7.30pm (5.30pm registration and refreshments)
FREE event. Booking required, contact Dominic Bascombe
0141 248 6648 / email [email protected] to book your place.
Jurys Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow G1 4QG
Dominic Bascombe on 0141 248 6648 or email [email protected]
St Andrew’s Day March and Rally
The Annual STUC St Andrew’s day march and rally brings
together trade unionists, community groups and families from
across Scotland to oppose racism and celebrate the diversity of
Scottish society. The theme of this year’s event is No Racism:
The Whole World is Watching.
DATES: TIMES: TICKET INFO: VENUE: MORE INFO: Saturday 30th November 2013
Assemble 10.30, March off 11am, Rally 12 noon
Free
Assemble: George Square
Rally: Glasgow Film Theatre Rose Street.
Sandra Walker on 0141 337 8100 or email [email protected]
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
60 Second Interviews: Lou Predergast
60 Second Interviews: Nalini Chetty
Lou Prendergast and Nalini Chetty took part in the Ankur
ha-ha project in 2012 since then they have continuously
developed high quality and original work exploring history,
identity and biography for a variety of international
platforms. A double bill of their work takes place at the
Citizens Theatre 19th – 21st September 2013.
Lou Prendergast and Nalini Chetty took part in the Ankur
ha-ha project in 2012 since then they have continuously
developed high quality and original work exploring history,
identity and biography for a variety of international
platforms. A double bill of their work takes place at the
Citizens Theatre 19th – 21st September 2013.
1) Who are you?
Lou Prendergast.
1) Who are you?
Nalini Chetty (Actress, Writer and Director).
2) What’s a typical day in the life beyond being an Ankur Ha Ha?
I’m on my computer as soon as I wake up, checking emails and looking in my diary to see what meetings I have. At the moment I am working on finishing off the script for the Citizens show in September and am still reading and
researching new material. Being an Ankur Ha Ha has been an ongoing, exciting process. Beyond that, I have been selected for the Auteurs project, a development programme facilitated by the Arches and National Theatre of Scotland, for emerging theatre practitioners. I am also in talks with the Arches about putting on a play during February.
2) What’s a typical day in the life beyond being an Ankur Ha Ha?
Either filming on River City or struggling through a never ending ‘to do’ list with writing somewhere on it.
3) What is the best performance you’ve EVER seen?
My favourite performance so far this year was Taylor Mac at the Arches
Behaviour Festival in April.
4) Who are your role models
Dalai Lama.
5) Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am soon to begin a PhD in Contemporary Playwriting.
6) How has your Ankur HaHa piece developed? Has it changed completely?
Some of the initial autobiographical material has remained, but yes,
the piece has developed substantially.
7) How are your ideas inspired?
By living life, watching, listening and experiencing.
8) Looking ahead, what would you hope to achieve in the future?
More theatre making - and a foray into film.
3) What is the best performance you’ve EVER seen?
Possibly Faust by Punchdrunk in Wapping warehouse London,
more of an experience that show. I love immersive theatre.
4) Who are your role models
Nelson Mandela (and Cora Bisset).
5) Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am half South African Indian and also somehow wholly Scottish.
6) How has your Ankur HaHa piece developed? Has it changed completely?
Yes completely. It started off as an epic and detailed retelling of Noor’s life story and changed into a tight two hander then morphed into something more abstract about the nature of biography.
7) How are your ideas inspired?
Research and then day dreaming.
8) Looking ahead, what would you hope to achieve in the future?
A varied and successful career in The Arts.
9) Describe your Ankur Ha Ha Citz performance in 3 words.
Truth Versus Fiction.
9) Describe your Ankur Ha Ha Citz performance in 3 words.
Black hearted entertainment.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Maharaja Duleep
On 19 April 1854, a fifteen-year-old Sikh boy left his homeland
in India and sailed for England. Accompanying him were his
Scottish tutor and guardian Dr John Login and an Indian Brahmin
who would teach him Oriental languages.
The young boy, who spoke impeccable English, was none other
than Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last ruler of Punjab. He had lost his
kingdom to the British after the Anglo-Sikh war of 1846, his mother,
Rani Jindan Kaur, had been snatched from his side and imprisoned, and the famous Koh-i-Noor
diamond, which he wore as an armlet, seized as war booty. In England he was presented to
Queen Victoria , who immediately took a liking to the polite young Maharaja. Brought up in the
Royal Palaces with the Prince of Wales as his friend, he lived the life of an English lord, going
hunting in Scotland, throwing lavish parties at his large estate in Norfolk, but remained forever
conflicted about his roots.
Meeting his mother again later in life, he was reminded of his lost kingdom of Punjab and
the land and riches he had left behind. The Maharajah now turned from country gent to Sikh
rebel proclaiming that he would return to Punjab and reclaim his kingdom. Falling out with
the British establishment, he left for India, only to be arrested by the British in Aden. He spent
the rest of his life trying to get help for his cause from Irish revolutionaries in Paris and the
Russians. Eventually, ill and abandoned by his Russian protectors, he begged Queen Victoria
for forgiveness and made peace with her. In 1893 Duleep Singh died a lonely death in a Paris
lodging. He was buried in Elveden in East Anglia, near the house that he once so proudly
owned.
See page 26 for details of where you can hear Shrabani Basu talk about Duleep Singh
during Black History Month.
Shrabani Basu
Political Shadowing Scheme
Now Recruiting Applicants!
The Political Shadowing Scheme was
set up to address the severe under
representation of Black and Minority
Ethnic (BME) individuals in the Scottish
political arena. CRER’s scheme
is designed to counteract this by
empowering and inspiring individuals
from BME communities to be actively
involved in politics. The scheme also gives those involved an opportunity to
gain first had experience of the work of an MSP or councillor which can often
provide a stepping stone into Scottish Politics. The project provides a wide
range of training and is open to all individuals from a BME background. You
should have an interest in politics but it is not essential that you are a member
of a political party. Training is provided so no previous experience is required.
For further information / or to apply to the scheme please contact Kam Kaur on
0141 418 6530 or email on [email protected]
Shrabani Basu is a journalist and historian. She is the author
of the critically acclaimed Spy Princess, The Life of Noor Inayat
Khan (2006), Victoria & Abdul, The True Story of the Queen’s
Closest Confidante (2010), and Curry, the Story of Britain’s
Favourite Dish.
In 2010, she set up the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust and
campaigned for a memorial for the WWII heroine. The bust was
unveiled by Princess Anne in London in November 2012.
Shrabani is passionate about history and loves to bring out the hidden stories from the 400-year
history of India and Britain. She has just finished editing a book on India and Britain in the 21st
century commissioned by the British Council, to be published in November 2013.
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