Public Events

Afro-Asian Connections Festival, Sunday, November 26th

The Trinity Centre, Bristol, BS2 0NW

Please join us for a celebration of community, dance, music, and food to explore the history of African and Asian solidarity and connection in the Trinity Centre’s beautiful Fyfe Hall.

Historians and community activists will be discussing shared histories of decolonisation across Asia and Africa, as we commemorate the 60th and 70th anniversaries of Indian, Malaysian, and Ghanaian independence.

This free public event highlights the vibrant networks of Asian and African activists, intellectuals, and artists who met and travelled across the two continents in the era of decolonisation. The event will launch a historical exhibition and digital visualisation – in partnership with the Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio – that maps their journeys, with a short talk by historians working on the Afro-Asian Networks project.

This will be followed by a roundtable discussion with members of Bristol’s Black and Asian activist and creative communities (including Sado Jirde, Edson Burton, Jendayi Serwah, Sabita Ravi, and Enggi Holt) on the ways in which a historical understanding of African and Asian solidarity and connection might serve them today.

There is also an exciting program of cultural activities, including a fusion Indian/African dance performance, live music, storytelling of African and Asian folktales for children, short films, and West African, Indonesian and Indian food!

The tentative schedule is:

2-2:30: Tea, exhibition viewing, and West African snacks (supplied by Agape House & Café)

2:30-4:00: Short history talk followed by roundtable

3:15-4:00: Storytelling in Graffiti Hall for children (Louis Mackenzie, Artisan Theatre)

4:00-4:15: Tea break

4:15-5:15 Dance performance and music (Fyfe Hall)

4:45-6:45: Food stalls in Graffiti Hall (Bombay Brrrrunch and Enggi’s Kitchen)

This event is organised by the Afro-Asian Networks Project, a research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in partnership with the University of Bristol’s Department of History and Brigstow Institute, as well as the Black Southwest Network. For more details about the Afro-Asian Networks Project.

Please register here: