Events

What’s on

Get a unique insight into the exhibition through talks by the curators, take part in family activities and more. Our programme of events will supplement and enrich your experience of the exhibition. Look out for more events being announced for the summer soon! 

A man playing a West African drum
A man playing a West African drum

September | October

West African Drumming Short Courses

Enjoyed our djembe pop-ups? If you fancy taking your learning further then why not sign up for a free short course – four classes with tutor Marcus at Ipswich Museum? Image credit: Katherine Mager.

Man playing West African drum
Man playing West African drum

24 September, 11am – 5pm

West African Drumming Pop-ups

Join Wooden Roots, makers and suppliers of Djembe for the Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film, on the Christchurch Mansion lawn for a joyful drop-in drumming session. Recommended for ages 5+ (accompanied by a responsible adult). No experience needed. Image credit: Katherine Mager.

A man playing a West African drum
A man playing a West African drum

25 September, 11am – 1pm

Creative Workshop: The story of the black woman aesthetic

Cultural practitioner Del White leads a thoughtful and motivational study day at Christchurch Mansion, which includes a tour of the Power of Stories exhibition and explores African heritages through objects, art and conversation.

A man playing a West African drum
A man playing a West African drum

30 September, 7pm

Wooden Roots Celebration

Join Wooden Roots and musicians from the Balimaya Project as they bring the sounds and instruments played in the score for Marvel Studios’ black Panther to life in a one-of-a-kind evening performance.

 

A man playing a West African drum
A man playing a West African drum

14 October, 6pm

The Power of Stories for Children

Join Melanie Hollis, Collections and Learning Curator, and Liz Pemberton, Early Years and Anti-Racism professional, as they discuss why stories and storytelling are so crucial for children in the early years. Streaming for free live on YouTube.

 

Aspire Black Suffolk events

Inspired by Power of Stories, Aspire Black Suffolk have organised a community-led programme of events running parallel with the exhibition. More events will be added soon!

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2021

Art Eat Mural: Your Story, Your Power

A new mural on Ipswich Waterfront. Designed, developed and delivered in collaboration with Ghanian artist Edward Ofosu, Mexican artist Raul G. Loya and residents at HMP Hollesley Bay prison.

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Online now

Denkyem Youth Podcast

Hosted by Jawanda and Lāna’i, Denkyem Youth is a youth social action group which is part of the Suffolk Black Community Forum.

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Online now

Woodbridge Festival presents Noise of Art Q&A with Leee John on British black music.

Watch a replay of a livestream by Pioneering Brit soul and funk singer Leee John, filmed at The Riverside, Woodbridge

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25 September, 6pm

African Queens Throughout History talk

The talk taking place at The Hold in Ipswich is open to all members of the community, as it opens a doorway to understanding the rich history, culture and legacy of African people, by profiling the stories of key African queens as early as the 18th dynasty.

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25 September | 4, 11, 18, 25 & 30 October 

Power of Stories – Free creative writing project

A FREE creative writing project for Black people aged 18+ in the East of England celebrating Black identity and joy. Workshops will take place in person and online this September and October and no experience is necessary. This is a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and use creativity to process and look forwards. The workshops will be led by playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero and writer and coach Rob Wright.

 

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2 October, 1pm – 4pm

Yoruba Language Classes

Learn Yoruba, the culturally rich language widely spoken in Nigeria. Hosted by Karibu African Women’s Support Group at Burlington Baptist Church Hall

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2 October, 10am – 4pm

Create Your Life Experience workshop

A workshop at the Hold for young people aged 11 to 16. Identify and unleash your genius so you can become the author and create the life you want to experience.

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9, 16 & 27 October | 11 November, 11am – 2pm

African Cooking Workshops

Learn how to cook amazing dishes from the African continent at Burlington Baptist Church Hall with Lara Uzokwe. Hosted by Karibu African Women’s Support Group.

Visiting the exhibition

Address

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Exhibition dates

26 June – 24 October 2021

Christchurch Mansion

Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK

Visiting the exhibition

Christchurch Mansion

Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE, UK

Address

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Exhibition dates

26 June – 24 October 2021