Afro-Asian Connections Festival
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW
This year marks the sixtieth and seventieth anniversaries of Indian, Malaysian, and Ghanaian independence from colonial rule.
Histories of Asia and Africa are not often told together, but in the 1950s and 1960s, Asians and Africans promoted an optimistic vision of the 'Third World', as tensions between global superpowers escalated during the Cold War.
This event highlights the vibrant networks of Asian and African activists, intellectuals, and artists who met and interacted in the era of decolonisation.
The festival will launch an exhibition and digital visualisation - in partnership with the Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio - that maps their journeys. It will include a roundtable discussion with members of Bristol’s Black and Asian activist and creative communities on the ways in which a historical understanding of African and Asian solidarity and connections might serve them today.
We will also be featuring an exciting programme of cultural activities, including a fusion Indian/African dance performance by Aanchal and Rubba, a solo performance by virtuoso kora player Mamadou Cissokho, film shorts from the independence era, as well as African, South Asian, and Southeast Asian food from Bristol-based cooks!
In association with the Centre for Black Humanities