Being Bristolian

Post date 22 February 2018

On Saturday 10 February more than 50 people joined us at Trinity Centre to watch the local premiere of #ThereIsBlackInTheUnionJack and discuss their thoughts and feelings about belonging and identity in our city. Despite the grey and wet day there was a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the room to hear other’s experiences and share ideas.

The event was hosted by Edson Burton and Kuba Jablonowski who introduced the findings from our research into connection and relationships between people in our neighbourhood. We learnt a lot of interesting things when we spoke to people about how they felt living in such a diverse neighbourhood. Please email contact@upourstreet if you would like a copy of the report.

We then watched the powerful film made by Black South West Network looking at identity and experiences of Black people in our city. If you missed the event but want to watch the film (which we highly recommend) you can see it here: YouTube link

The audience then asked questions of Edson Burton and Sado Jirde, Director of BSWN with some thought-provoking reflections on inequality, racism and belonging.

We were lucky to have a delicious lunch served by Bristol Hospitality Network and then workshop discussions thinking about our own experiences and solutions. There was a focus on what we can all do as individuals to be welcoming and showing solidarity and support for one another even if a cause doesn’t feel like ‘ours’.

Jazz from Up Our Street was facilating some of the sessions and had this to say: “It was encouraging to see so many new faces and everyone deeply engaging, coming up with local tangible solutions. On the table I was facilitating, there was definitely a sense of wanting more similar events to keep up the momentum of the conversations that were made.

And here's what some of the people who came to Being Bristolian thought:

“I only felt Bristolian when I moved to Easton”

“Keep talking and keep giving space for difficult conversations”

“Was good to discuss locally possible solutions”

“Increasing dialogue is essential for conversations across the divide. Human projects that cross with common interests”

As part of our Bristol Values project with United Communities and City of Sanctuary we will be running more events like this during the year so keep an eye on our ebulletin and magazine. You can also get a flavour of the event in our Being Bristolian short film - thanks to Var at Telling Tales Films.