Tolpuddle: What’s on in the UNIZONE

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival kicks off on Friday 19 July.

Over in the Unizone, as well as our usual stalls and information, our Dorset Black Members Groups have put on a packed programme of music, discussions about racism – as well as a quiz!

Saturday 20 July 2019

12:30 – 13:30: Drop in session – meet the Black Members Group and our guest speaker, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie.

13:30 – 15:00: Drumming workshop – on the stage or lawns outside the shop, run by Cheikh Diop, Djembe Master Drummer – learn how to drum and even a few dance moves for tomorrow’s march!

15:00 – 15:30: Black History Quiz (yes, there are prizes!)

15:30 – 16:00: Ade Bambgoye (Speaker) – on his experiences of Black workers coming to the UK in the 1960s and 1970s.

16:00 – 16:30: Racism in the classroom – a group of young people with their own spoken word performance on their experiences of racism in the classroom – this may be on the stage outside the shop or in the Unizone.

16:30 – 17:15: Mbira Group – Traditional African Music.

17:45 – 18:30: Afro Tallawah Group – get in the singing and dancing mood early evening with a World Music Afro-Cuban mix.

Note: Timings may change due to local circumstance.

Our Dorset Black Members Groups have thrown their hearts and souls into making Tolpuddle a more diverse and exciting space, as well as encouraging schoolchildren to come and talk about the reality of racism. Please come and give them as much support as possible.