Students celebrate Black History Month with live music gig

Issue date: 05 October 2011

‘Love Music Hate Racism’ poster

'Love Music Hate Racism', Tuesday 25 October, Start The Bus (Baldwin Street Bristol) Doors open at 20:00, Gig starts at 20:30

The University of the West of England Students' Union (UWESU) and University of Bristol Students' Union (UBU) will co-host 'Love Music Hate Racism', a live music gig in celebration of Black History Month on Tuesday 25 October 2011 from 20:00 at Start The Bus, Baldwin Street, Bristol.

Students, staff and the local community are invited to a fun-packed night of live music with performances from local artists including: Zion Flex, JLG, Bento, Javier and C-Froo whilst raising awareness of 'Love Music Hate Racism', a national movement against racism and fascism through music. The movement aims to demonstrate that music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix, that it unites and gives strength to communities and offers a vibrant celebration of Bristol's multicultural and multiracial society.

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England, said, “I am delighted that the two universities in Bristol are united in their approach to increasing understanding, tolerance and respect for all members of our community. The passion and enthusiasm of the Students Unions to lead on this agenda is fantastic and demonstrates the commitment of both universities' students to make a positive difference to the societies they live in. I hope that this event will be the first of many organised jointly across the universities. UWE's strap line of BetterTogether is certainly central to this agenda.”

The gig forms part of UWE's celebrations for Black History Month (BHM), an annual event in October which seeks to promote knowledge of Black History and experience, to share information across communities on positive Black contributions to British society, and to heighten the awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.

Louise Goux-Wirth, Vice-President Community and Welfare of UWE Students' Union said, “UWE Students' Union is proud to be working with the University of Bristol Students' Union on this event. We believe that Students' Unions are in a unique position to truly be leaders in terms of equality and diversity, and community engagement. Bristol is such a diverse and vibrant community, these types of events are a unique opportunity to encourage strong community cohesion. We look forward to seeing you at the event.”

At a time when society faces various day to day challenges, this event is set to be just the beginning of students taking the lead in being leaders within their local community.

Sophie Bennet, Vice-President Welfare & Equality, of the University of Bristol Students' Union said, “Bristol Students' Union is so excited to be working with UWE Students' Union to put on this Love Music Hate Racism event. Together we will be celebrating cultural diversity, demonstrating the importance of Black History Month and working hard to promote equality, not only in our individual universities, but also the wider Bristol community within which we live. I hope we will continue to work together in the future to ensure that each and every student, regardless of ethnicity, sexuality or background can make the most of their time in Bristol.”

Donations will be accepted in place of an entry fee on admission at the door.
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