We're back with your Autumn Newsletter

Hi beloved Diverse Artists Network members and all our readers, welcome to our Autumn newsletter. Our blazing summer is done and we're into a fabulous Fall (as they say in America).

October is the Black History Month across Britain, and lots of Bristol's cultural creators are waiting for you to get into what's going on. So prize yourself away from the screens and have a inspiring, cultural trip in this beautiful city.

Always, lots of interesting events are going to happen these months in Bristol so let's look at a few of them!

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YO - Youth Opportunities Arts Fest
An Arts Event Celebrating Our Vibrant Youth & Community!

Y.O. Arts Fest
Docklands Youth Centre,
Brigstocke Road, St Paul’s, Bristol, BS2 8UA
Thursday 15th November 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
After party 8 p.m. till late
Free for under 25s otherwise £3 +booking fee

Diverse Artists Network - DAN, PAPER Arts, and Docklands are proud to present for the first time ever, a jam packed evening of creativity for youth on Thursday 15th Nov called “YO Arts Fest” Hosted by young people for young people, the event will include local youth talents, inspirational speakers, arts workshops, stalls, signposting, exhibits, delicious food and arts opportunities. 

This is a public event open to all with a focus on supporting young emerging artists and creative talent. 

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In honour of our wonderful partnership with Paper Arts, Redbrick House is kindly offering DAN members a 10% DISCOUNT  off your first booking - just quote 'DAN'! | Redbrick House, 6 York Court, Wilder Street,Bristol, BS2 8QH | 07446 646 541
Black History Month

During October there is a dedicated focus on the contributions and heritage of people from African and Caribbean decent. This years booklet has been fully sponsored by Cognitive Paths and 121 Creatives. The 2018 edition features over 40 events taking place around Bristol from music , walks , film and talks.
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Vanessa Kisuule and Eva Lazarus will be joining Munroe Bergdorf and Chidera Eggerue (The Slumflower) for this year’s Black History Month flagship panel event.
Our remarkable panel will be discussing the challenges and injustices they face as black women in the creative industry - an industry facing a diversity crisis across gender and race. 
Come and be a part of the conversation and join us for this celebration of leading black woman in the creative industry, this Black History Month.

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Esi Edugyan - Washington Black
St George's
15 October 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Esi Edugyan, author of The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half Blood Blues (winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize) discusses her new novel Washington Black (longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize), a gripping tale about a devastating bid for freedom. 

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Fabric African Show
Bristol Museum
17 October 2018, 7 p.m.

Celebrate African textiles and culture with an exciting evening of catwalk fashion, Afrobeats music and a special introduction by guest speaker Jacqueline Shaw, founder of Africa Fashion Guide.
Hosted by Vanessa Kisuule, the highlight of the evening will be a fashion show curated by Christelle Pellecuer featuring local designers of African heritage.
Designers showcasing on the night include Corrine Willis Couture, Grace Ekall, Kitenge and Panashe.
Dee J Neyo will be deejaying and you can catch the accompanying Fabric Africa exhibition.
A pay bar will be available.
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Fiddlers (Colston Hall)
17 October 2018, 8 p.m.

Baloji is an artist whose heady mix of up-tempo African groove-laden rhythms, funk, soul and hip-hop, culminates in an electrifying “celebration of colliding musical cultures” (Loud and Quiet). The Belgian-raised Congolese rapper’s live shows have long been shaking the dance floor since his 2008 release ‘Hotel Impala’ and ten years later, following the release of ‘137 Avenue Kaniama’, his six-piece band “with an impressive Congolese guitarist and sturdy brass section” (The Guardian) are back and guaranteed to get your feet moving.

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Fabric African Show
Bristol Museum
17 October 2018, 7 p.m.

Celebrate African textiles and culture with an exciting evening of catwalk fashion, Afrobeats music and a special introduction by guest speaker Jacqueline Shaw, founder of Africa Fashion Guide.
Hosted by Vanessa Kisuule, the highlight of the evening will be a fashion show curated by Christelle Pellecuer featuring local designers of African heritage.
Designers showcasing on the night include Corrine Willis Couture, Grace Ekall, Kitenge and Panashe.
Dee J Neyo will be deejaying and you can catch the accompanying Fabric Africa exhibition.
A pay bar will be available.
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Anti-Slavery Day
M Shed
18 October 2018,10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Slave trading and slavery were not abolished in 1807 or 1834, and many people around the world, including in Britain and in Bristol, are trafficked and working in conditions that amount to modern slavery.
The films will be shown on the cinema screen in the Life gallery.
Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.
Each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.
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In Colour by Swing
19 October 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Travel to the colourful world of the Harlem Renaissance with this groundbreaking new show from Swing Circus. World-class swing dance, breath-taking circus skills and all the joy and flair of 1920s America, combine to tell the tale of Swing and it’s roots in the African-American arts scene.
Swing Circus invite you to step, step, triple step your way through history and in to a world where swing dance meets circus.
The company took inspiration from the history of the Lindy Hop, a dance which emerged out of the joyful and infectious outpouring of African-American arts in Harlem, its introduction to the UK and what we can learn from the Harlem Renaissance today. This show is all about celebrating diversity, by means of swing dance and circus.

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Rhythm Utsav 2018
Redmaids' High School

20 October 2018,2:30 p.m.

This year, Asian arts Agency is excited to present a new collaboration between sitar player Roopa Panesar, saxophonist Jesse Bannister, tabla player Kousic Sen and carnatic percussionist RN Prakash.
This incredibly talented quartet of musicians will join forces to present a special evening of Indian classical music.
This event is open to all. However, please note, alongside the headline performance, there will also be short performances from local community music and dance groups who support and teach Indian classical arts in Bristol. The event is organised by community organisation Rhythm India.

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Bullet Boy
21 October 2018, 12 p.m.

Saul Dibb’s intelligent story about gang life made a big screen star of Londoner Ashley Walters, the young MC who had already entered the public eye with UK garage collective So Solid Crew, who brought huge presence and authenticity to a film that transcended the clichés of urban crime drama.

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Da Mans Dem
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
21 October 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Written by poet Alan Charles, Da Mans Dem is the much-anticipated sequel to Love Sax and all that Jazz. In this latest offering, the brothers take centre stage to give their take on love and relationships. We get to glimpse the male psyche as they attempt to explain what men want, why men cheat, and what defines a man.
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Blah Blah Blah
The Wenston Studio (Old Vic)
21 October 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Marking the return of Blahblahblah to the newly renovated Bristol Old Vic Studio in a showcase like no other, join Caleb Femi, Momtaza Mehri (original and current Young People’s Laureate for London) and Bristol's very own City Poet, Vanessa Kissule as they use spoken work to celebrate what it is to be poet laureates in today's society.
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Join the Bristol Ferry this month and take part to these events celebrating Black History Month. Every Wednesday since the 3rd October to the 1st November you will be able to take part to their workshops and talks.
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Afrika Eye

Afrika Eye Film Festival

4th to 12th November 2018.
Afrika Eye presents an expanded celebration of African arts,
cinema and culture, including 100 th birthday tributes to Nelson
Mandela, the best new and classic films from or about Africa, a
unique film on a ferry event, live performances, have-a-go
workshops and the first fruits of a pioneering Bristol/Senegal
creative exchange. Times, venues& prices vary.
For details & bookings,

Different film and arts events have been organised in various venues across Bristol from early November and the festival culminates with cornerstone Watershed weekend, where you’ll find a packed programme of film and discussion, as well as the legendary Friday night party.

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The Richard Award,
by Helen Crocker

The reason I came to live in Bristol, as well as my sister and my then young nephew Connor living here, was because I was invited by Richard Ward the founder of Fool Time the UK’s first professional circus training school. He offered me work as a teacher, gave me the opportunity to choreograph an aerial ballet for an international music festival and I then invited me to become Course Director. This led directly to Bim (Gus’s dad) & I setting up Circomedia & the rest is history!

 No one knows about Richard though his legacy is considerable when you think about all the circus activity in Bristol & over the UK.
I’ve been working with Audrey Mitchel who was married to Richard at the time. (Richard died 20 years ago) to set up an award to honor his legacy and to support and encourage emerging circus artists.
 I’m not involved in circus any longer, but I do want to honor Richard who gave me such an opportunity to discover what I could do & what I was capable of. 
The evening of the finalists awards on Saturday 10 November 7.30 at Circomedia (Portland Square).
The event is to fundraise for the next biennial award which will be in 2020. It will be a fabulous family evening of entertainment!
 I’d love it if you could come tickets are for sale on line at
 Tickets are £5.50 concessions £9.00 full.
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Novel Writers: Preti Taneja "We That Are Young"
15 November 2018, 6:30 p.m.

A startling insight into modern India, the rise of religious nationalism, the clash of youth and age, the intensity of life (and the ever-present spectre of death) in one of the world's fastest growing economies. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption protests that spread across India in 2011 and 2012, We That Are Young is brilliant in its fierce, incandescent storytelling and the energy of its prose. It tells a deeply insightful tale of India today, the pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, the clash of youth and age, and the ever-present specter of death. But more than that, it is a novel about the human heart – and its inevitable breaking point.  
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NoLyrix Organix presents:UnFOLD
St George's
16 November 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Performance poetry like you’ve never heard (or seen) before, UnFOLD is an acclaimed live concept led by some of Britain’s most vital young poets in collaboration with London String Collective, percussionists and visual artists. National Slam Champion Solomon OB, Kieron Rennie (Barbican Young Poets resident), and rising star Sophia Thakur step into the space between language, music and illustration and embark on a spellbinding journey of words that has headlined at Brighton Festival and London’s Roundhouse.
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Make your own laser cut jewellery
KWMC The Factory – Unit 24 Filwood Green Business Park
16 November 2018,
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Learn how to design and make a piece of laser-cut jewellery in this four-hour workshop at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory. During the session you’ll learn how to use design software to create a digital version of your piece. Your design will then be machined from wood or acrylic in our laser cutter, ready for you add the finishing touches and fastenings. Beginners welcome Suitable for ages 16+
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Living, Working, Making Together: Exhibition Opening & KWMC AGM
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol
20 November 2018,
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Who makes art, where and how? This new exhibition asks us to seek the answers away from city centres and ‘white cube’ galleries, in everyday spaces and neighbourhoods.
Find out what happened when four artists took up residence at Filwood Community Centre: what they discovered, who they met, and what they made together.
This event will also include KWMC’s Annual General Meeting for 2018 and our annual showcase event.
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Fair Saturday
Theatre Bristol
24 November 2018

Fair Saturday, takes place on 24 November, the day after Black Friday, and brings together arts, culture and social causes to sing, shout, create and reflect on what it means to be a fair society; raising funds for charities in the process. It is a global cultural movement determined to make a positive social impact every last Saturday of November in response to Black Friday. Most importantly it aims to show how arts and culture are powerful drivers of change, and are essential to building fairer and better societies.
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Chineke! Ensemble
St George's
25 November 2018, 7:30 p.m.

This will be their fourth visit and this varied programme performed by the Chineke! Ensemble is set to be just as thrilling. It features two beautiful movements from a recently discovered Haydn Divertimento, a virtuoso arrangement of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel and a new work by Errollyn Wallen whose Concerto Grosso made such an impact here last November. Beethoven’s ever popular Septet, with its famous Minuet movement also used in his Piano Sonata in G completes the programme.  
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The Island
Weekly Dance, fitness and circus skills weekly classes at The Island.
Fancy the art of climbing up a long piece of fabric and using it to suspend your body in mid-air in one of Rada's weekly Circus Silks classlearning straightforward 
approaches to coordinating mind and body through the martial arts practice Ki Aikido, develop centre work, travelling and jumping with 3rd Stage Balletselection of mixed level classes or developing your existing dance skills with Herbert DesLauriers’ contemporary dance class based on the Martha Graham techniques.

Find out the full range of classes available in our dance space here, for fitness classes click here and circus training space here.
If you're interested in teaching a class at the Island please email Tina at

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Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes
Bristol Museum
22 September - 6 January, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.


The first exhibition, Masters of Japanese prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes will explore the radical developments in landscape prints made by two of Japan’s best-loved artists.
From the 1830s to the 1850s, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) developed a dynamic new genre of landscape prints that became hugely popular with their customers in Japan and later with western artists and collectors.

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What is Theatre Bristol’s artist support?

Theatre Bristol’s team of professional theatre artists offers one-to-one support that’s totally bespoke and completely free.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve got years of experience, our 3highly knowledgeable, practicing industry professionals can offer advice and support that responds to where you are and what you need right now. Whether you want a one-off meeting or a longer-term series of sessions, Theatre Bristol can help.

We can help with things like:

  • Getting your work out there
  • Mentoring and support in difficult times
  • Finding new networks and collaborators
  • Nailing budgets and funding applications
  • Creating clear and compelling artistic ideas
  • Providing an outside eye and critical feedback
  • Long term planning and strategic development
  • Writing about your work and presenting it online
  • Addressing problems you’re facing in the theatre industry
  • Finding strategies to make your practice more sustainable

Theatre Bristol’s artist support goes beyond what happens in a rehearsal room. We believe in supporting the lives and livelihoods of creative communities, so drop us a line at and we’ll work out the best way to help.

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Reflection: Arcadia
Book Launch, Waterstones, September 2018

DAN Member Jo aka Judith Elliot is coy about her work as she displays these intimately detailed illustrations to the assembled guests at the Arcadia book launch. She has spent literally years making the collection of rich images that visualise the world of the book.

The Arcadia story is set in Africa, where spirits warn of man's threat to the Earth.  Jo shows how images from across the whole continent were her inspiration.
Judith (Jo) Elliot, left and Odiri Ighamre, right - are interviewed by Jendayi Serwah for Ujima radio.

Some of the guests are good and long-held friends of the writer. One recalls the birthing of the story when the author's daughter, now twenty-three years old, was still in her mother's womb, even recalling the image of the notebooks that held those first thoughts. 

The author Odiri Ighamre explains how the story fell out of her at this inspired time and praises the later collaboration with Jo on the imaging

The A4-sized, hardback is published by Bristol publisher, Arkbound after a meeting of illustrator and publisher and DAN networking meeting.

Funds from the sales of the book also go to charity, Gambian-based Daughters of Africa Foundation - developing a range of grassroots projects across the continent.

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Get £250 to £5000 with a Bristol Community Health grant
-  21st October deadline.

Two funding programmes have been launched by Bristol Community Health and Voscur. The smaller grant from £250 to £500 or larger grant programme, of £1000 to £5000 can be used for grass-roots organisations that help Bristol people think about how they can look after their own physical and mental health. 

The deadline is 21st October and open to organisations with work that can make an impact on how people do 'self-care'. 

We know that creative practices can have a positive impact on health, so if you'd like to bid for a piece of this pot, click the link below to tell them why your organisation should be funded. Sole-traders are not eligible for this but best you go check out the guidance to see exactly what they are looking for and what the grant could pay for. Good luck.

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Finally, credits, kudos and thank you to Gabriel Antonel Gabor, who has played a fantastic role guest editing this newsletter. Gabriel is an intern from Italy who has been working with DAN Member Shaun Clarke and Urban Word Collective. He is here until December and with his quick mind, focused action and hard-work ethic, we've been feeling the benefits of his short presence at Tribe of Doris and DAN already.

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