DAN Summer Newsletter

Hello and Welcome to the Diverse Artists Network Summer 2018 newsletter.

HOT! HOT! HOT! is the theme of the moment, being blessed with the post-Solstice Summer Sunshine and of course... 

St Paul’s Carnival  is just around the corner. There may even be a chance for you to still get involved.

In this edition we have a selection of events from Japanese landscape painting, African Arts, Tribe of Doris intercultural summer school and a number of delightful gigs with global legends, from July to September.

This Summer Newsletter has been put together by young artist Ajay Singh, from City Academy Bristol, who joined DAN for a week of work experience at the end of June.

We have been busy getting involved with a host of events including Bristol Refugee Festival which was a great success as well as building the network to bring a range of opportunities and offers to you all as members.

We also want to welcome some new members to the DAN family - musical maestro Servo, music and multimedia artist Tina Brown, Claudio Ahlers Photography and Oluwa with his amazing wooden games initiative. We also have the legendary Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) officially on board. Our Diverse family is growing and we are making great things happen citywide.  If you would like to be part of the network click here.
We are very proud to announce that our dedicated DAN member and talented artist Alpha Wilson’s work was selected by AdBlock and is displayed on a large billboard in the middle of St Werburghs, Bristol. AdBlock Bristol is working towards a city that celebrates its creativity and independence, where communities have a say in what they see in the city’s streets and other public spaces. AdBlock Bristol is opposed to billboards and other corporate outdoor advertising, preferring a visual environment which reflects the unique identity of our city, the values of local communities and the local economy. DAN helped the connection between Robbie Gillette of AdBlock and Alpha to take place. Didn’t they do a wonderful job?
We are also very pleased to introduce the release of a wonderful children’s fiction book written by Odiri Ighambre and beautifully illustrated by our very own talented DAN member Judith Elliott.
Arcadia is set in an idyllic African village and seeks to introduce young readers to the environmental issues our world faces today. Allow yourself to get lost in Arcadia, play with the animals and bathe in the magic found here.

Timone is a curious young boy who lives in Arcadia. His intrigue for the world outside the rhythm of his home life leads him to some answers that change him forever. He learns from mysterious spirits that tell tales of Earth and the impact of man on the delicate fragility of our world.

Arcadia is published by Bristol based Arkbound. 
Judith Elliott connected with Arkbound publishers at one of our  DAN networking events, and proves that great things can emerge from a coming together of our members.
Make sure you don’t miss the next DAN event on the 12th of July, click here for tickets!

The Woman Next Door
acta Theatre and Refugee Women of Bristol invite you to an original play. 'The Woman Next Door'. This new play has been created by 20 women from RWB over the last 9 months and it is being performed at the acta Centre in Bristol on 3rd and 4th July at 7pm. We would love to see you there. Please help us spread the word about this event by sharing with your colleagues and friends.

The Woman Next Door
Problems seem much bigger when you face them alone. Why not share them with the woman next door? An original show by theatre makers from Refugee Women of Bristol. A warm tale about getting to know your local community.

Performing at the actacentre, Gladstone Street, BS3 3AY.
Tickets are just £3 from or by calling 0117 9532448
Toto La Momposina & AMJ Collective
May Park Primary School and Astar Artes present an evening of dance and music with legendary Colombian singer Toto La Momposina and the reggae collective AMJ. An event celebrating culture and diversity in collaboration with children.

The event will take place at Saint Georges Bristol on Thursday 5th July at 7pm Tickets only £12-£20 Click here to book.
The Sugar Hill Gang Summer Block Party
The Sugar hill Gang , are bringing the classics back for an anniversary tour.
This special tour with Rock & Roll and Grammy 'hall of famers' Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio The Furious Five , who are widely regarded as among the most influential Hip Hop acts.

Trinity Centre 14th July 7pm-11pm for ages 14 + (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) and tickets are £14 / £16 / £18 adv + bf
Jimmy Cliff + Grandmaster Flash +Trojan Soundsystem (feat.KIOKO)
Bristol Harbour Festival Opening Party
Get set to go old school at the biggest party of the summer. Colston Hall brings the sunshine to the opening night of Bristol Harbour Festival 2018 with laid-back grooves and legendary performances from Jimmy Cliff, Grandmaster Flash and Trojan
Sound System.

venue: Harbourside Amphithere
time: 18:30
date: Fri 20 Jul
price: £29.50 to £39.51 incl. booking fee
Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles 
Fantastic new exhibition at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery glowing with modern and historic textiles from across Africa, and summer workshops too.

From mud cloth to adinkra, barkcloth dresses to kanga cotton prints, ‘royal’ kente cloth to huge embroidered agbadas, this exhibition will give you a taste of the amazing ingenuity of the textile artists of Africa and explore the importance of cloth in social and political lives of those who wear them. Find out more about the stories of people who have loaned textiles 
Diverse artists, arts organisations & enthusiasts are invited to gather at the next DAN networking event, happening at our regular space 
Trinity Arts Centre, Thursday 12th July 9.30-1.30 
Come and be part of the network bring your publicity to share, express yourself and collaborate with other artivists.
Book your tickets via Eventbrite:
Free For Members.
To join membership click here
Chaka Demus and Pliers
With a new single due out this spring, a new album in the summer and various tunes added to their repertoire over the years, the dynamic duo hasn’t been idle and are looking forward to their UK tour - “Me love UK. And me know UK love our riddims.”
Don’t miss this rare appearance by one of Jamaica’s precious musical gems.

The event takes place at the Trinity Centre 2nd August 2018 Starts 19:00-23:00 for ages 16+ and tickets are £26 adv + bf
Egypt explorers
Explore Egyptian artefacts, practice hieroglyphic writing and decorate a canopic jar  at the Bristol Museum. Recommended for children aged 8-11 years old but this session is not just for the kids! Adults can join in the fun and get crafty too, just select an adult ticket when booking your child’s place.

The event takes place on the 8th august 2018 from 10:00-13:00
African Fabrics
Investigate collections of amazing African art, artefacts and fabrics and discover the special meanings behind their colours and designs also learn new textile making techniques and then get busy making your own work of textile art achieving your ‘Discover’ Arts Award certificate in the process at the Bristol museum from 10:00-16:00 for £20 per person. Most suitable for children aged 8-11 years old.

Event of the Year!

27 years ago an animated group of music lovers and adventurers met on a campsite outside of Bristol to celebrate their love of drumming and culture. They wanted to acknowledge the drum at the heart of music, recognising the importance of the artists as carriers of cultural knowledge. Through community events, festivals, a Summer School and gatherings we continue to spread our love of diversity and culture. For full line up click here for tickets to this unique, creatively enriching event, click here.


Japanese landscape prints
Featuring original woodblock prints from Bristol’s collection, this exhibition will explore the radical developments in landscape prints made by two of Japan’s best-loved artists, Hokusai and Hiroshige.
The exhibit will highlight the ways in which both artists use innovative perspectives, changes in light and weather as well as human figures to involve viewers in the scenes.

Included in the display will be a set of prints showing the process of colour printing one of Hiroshige’s prints Shono – Sudden Rain from The Fifty-three stations on the Tokaido, newly commissioned from a traditional woodblock print workshop in Tokyo with funding from the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery.

The event will take place at Bristol museum at 10:00-17:00 from 22nd September-7th January 2019. No admission fee - donations are welcome


Fair Saturday / Bristol: Join in and make a difference

November may seem a long way off but we are keen to hear from arts and community organisations interested in getting involved in a new day of positive action for Bristol.
On Saturday 24th November, Bristol will be the first city in England to join 
Fair Saturday; a global movement which aims to boost arts, culture and social causes every last Saturday of November.

Taking place on the day after Black Friday, the greatest expression of consumerism, Fair Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate the other things that matter beyond the material stuff we want or think we need.

Fair Saturday is a growing movement, so far taking place across 6 countries and in more than 114 cities across the world, bringing together artists, musicians, performers, poets and many more to give voice and support to community and social causes. It’s a day of positive action, and we would like to hear from any artists or arts organisations who would like to get involved. This could be by:
  • Adding an activity or event you already have planned to the Fair Saturday programme that raises some funds for a social cause
  • Developing a new event specifically for Fair Saturday
  • Being interested in collaborating with others on co-creating an event.
To find out more contact Paloma at Fair Saturday (international): or Jo at Bristol City Council:

Thanks to...

We would like to thank all the supporters, contributors, volunteers, funders, and all the well-wishers for DAN, without you all, this network would not be possible to continue. Deep gratitude to Arts Council England for supporting us with funds up until April 2018. A huge thank you to Gibbs Trust and Bristol City Council for the Originators fund. We wouldn’t be able to continue this network without you.
Thank you to Trinity Centre, acta, Old Vic & St Georges for discounts, offers and complimentary tickets for DAN members. 
Thank you Deborah Weinreb for making a DAN banner with Me2U messages from around the world.
Wonderful to build positive relationships with Bristol City Council, Diverse City & UWE.
Most importantly thank you to the artists and artivists for joining the network membership and assisting DAN to support more diverse participation in the arts and encouraging artists to - BE SEEN, BE HEARD, BE PAID!
Let's keep doing what we're doing and keep the Arts alive for the masses and accessible for all. If you have any ideas, would like to be more involved or have any membership enquiries please email
To join membership please click here

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