With its complex relation to diversity in the past (as the former centre of the British slave trade), the fact there has been an established Polish community in Bristol since WWII, and that there are now over 50,000 Polish people living in the South West of England, Bristol is the perfect city to host the final leg of The LoveDifference Festival 2008.
LoveDifference Festival promotes the exchange of cultures and interest in Eastern and Central European cultures which are so visible throughout Bristol. With a political as well as cultural edge, the LoveDifference Festival is a long overdue, updated take on an old-fashioned debate to promote a new European ideal of culture, travel, youth and exchange. It pulls European discussion away from the grey corridors of Brussels into exciting fresh and young venues such as The Trinity Centre, Bristol and Northampton’s Fishmarket Gallery.
12.30pm – 1pm: Opening
1pm-2pm: Roundtable discussion: Dialogue and respect: Intercultural Dialogue and equal opportunities in the European Union featuring
Featuring Cllr Helen Holland and/or Cllr Peter Hammond (Leader and Deputy of Bristol City Council) and Greg Thompson, National Development Manager for Migrant Workers, UNISON
2.30 – 3pm: Short Film Screenings
Screenings of selected Bristol Stories short films (www.bristolstories.org) Bristol Stories is a creative digital storytelling project run by Watershed cinema in Bristol that enables people from all backgrounds to tell their stories, using their own life experiences and material. The underlying ethos of the project is that everybody has a story to tell, and these personal stories give a deeper insight into Bristol’s history: over 185 have been produced so far.
3pm-4pm Madge Dresser ‘Reflections on Bristol’s Diverse Past’
Madge Dresser is Reader in History at the University of West England in Bristol, and the co-author of ‘Identity and the City: a History of Ethnic Minorities in Bristol, c. 1000-2001’, part of the ‘England’s Past for Everyone’ Project http://www.englandspastforeveryone.org.uk
4pm-5pm Cultural Roundtable: ‘Who said Eastern Europe?’
Featuring Kuba Mikurda, editor of the visual series at radical publishing house Ha!art in Krakow (http://www.ha.art.pl/?view=start)
+ Representatives of Plai Festival (www.plai.ro), Romania (Music Festival in Timisoara, Romania on 13th and 14th September, where European Alternatives will be organising a ‘Parade for an Alternative Europe’). + further artists
8.30pm – 12am: Live Music at The Trinity Centre
Slovakian band PPE (Puding Pani Elvisovej) (http://www.ppe.sk/) play a dizzying mix of indie powerpop dancing dangerously on the edge of electroclash with their noisy punk attitude.
Nu-jazz trio The Blessing, (www.theblessing.co.uk) winners of BBC best jazz album award for ‘All is Now’. Made up of former bandmates from Portishead (local to Bristol) their incendiary live set is sure to be a fitting finale to The LoveDifference Festival.
For further information please contact:
Tel. 0044 (0)207 734 0206