Africa Week comes to UWE Bristol

Issue date: 07 March 2018

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will come to life with five days of exciting activities to mark the third Africa Week (#AfricaWeek2018), running from 12-16 March. Highlights will include a sports day, a night of arts and culture, an educational forum, and a health forum.

The week's free events are aimed at highlighting cultural diversity and talent at the University and is a partnership initiative with UWE Bristol staff and students.

Dr Emmanuel Adukwu, Director of the Africa Week programme at UWE Bristol, said, “Africa Week provides an opportunity for students, staff and members of the community from all backgrounds to connect, share and exchange knowledge, learn about different cultures, lifestyles and food. They can also discover why Africans wear, say and do things the way they do.”

The programme is as follows:

Africa Sport Day - Monday 12 March 2018

1.00pm – 3.30pm & 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Africa Week 2018 kicks off with women's netball and a table tennis competition, followed by our traditional football match between a UWE Bristol African team and a 'Rest of the World' team. Attendees are invited to watch or participate in the match. Tickets here.

Arts & Culture: Art of Africa, Tuesday 13 March 2018

5.30pm – 8.30pm

We are hosting an exhibition of art and film at the Arnolfini arts centre (part of UWE Bristol's City campus). We will be screening 'Handing Down Time', a film directed by Professor Florence Ayisi about continuity, change and a journey of awakening. Ayisi is a multiple award winner (e.g. Cannes Film Festival award, Peabody Award (USA), Academy award nomination for film 'Sisters in-law'). Before the film, we will host an art exhibition featuring young artists' work and some donated pieces from film director and award-winning photographer Harry Hook. Tickets here.

Educational forum: re-integrating back home, Wednesday 14 March
12:30 – 5.00pm

In the face of recent global events and political rhetoric, we have chosen to focus our attention on supporting and enabling 'Re-integrating back home,' by challenging myths and assumptions relating to doing business or finding success in Africa, particularly for international students. Tickets here.

Africa Health Forum: Migrants and the NHS - Can the NHS survive in the face of Brexit? Thursday 15 March
6.00pm – 8.30pm

This year's Africa Week Health Forum will look at identifying some of the likely impacts of the exodus already seen in many sectors of the health sector. It will highlight some of the outstanding contributions African migrants have made to the NHS. We have a wide array of guest speakers including Morejoy Saineti (International dementia nurse in 2010, Guardian runner-up Public servant of the year 2010). Tickets here.

Cultural Showcase, Awards and Gala dinner, Friday 16 March
6.00pm – 10.00pm (Party until 1am)

Africa Week 2018 concludes with a showcase gala and awards dinner. Events include fashion shows, live dance performances, achievement awards (presented by sponsors), music performances and a wide range of African food. It is to include performances from Selina Nwulu (Young Poet Laureate for London 2016), UWE Bristol's Culture Fusion Dance Society, as well as networking. Tickets here.

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