UNIZONE line up announced for Tolpuddle

Regional Black members group take the lead for UNISON’s Year of Black Workers.

For UNISON’s Year of Black Workers our regional Black members group have curated the line up for the aptly named, UNIZONE at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival.

The festival takes place from Friday 14th July until Sunday 16th July. The UNIZONE will be open for the duration of the weekend with the following line up.

Saturday 15 July

11:00 – 12:00 performance poet Lawrence Hoo – a poet and educator from Bristol, his work is known for throwing a powerful light onto the overlooked experiences of those living in Bristol’s under-supported communities.

12:00 – 14:00 panel discussion: long COVID – with Dr Donald Palmer (associate professor of immunology, Royal Veterinary College) & Dr Gwenetta Curry (lecturer of race, ethnicity and health, University of Edinburgh)

14:00 – 15:00 African drummer Richard Davis – from World Jungle in Bristol and former founding member of Ekome Arts in Bristol.

15:00 – 16:00 panel discussion: lived experiences of Black members at work – we will be joined by Aisha Thomas (director of Representation Matters) and members of the UNISON South West Black members’ committee.

18:00 – 19:00 DJ Ngaio – A force to be reckoned with, Ngaio is more than just a singer. This powerhouse of a performer can switch from a killer DJ set to heart-hitting spoken word, to delivering intricate jazz harmonies with a voice that could have stepped out of the 1940s.

On Sunday, we will be joined on the march by the Bristol Sambistas samba band, so come and dance through the village with the UNISON bloc.

We look forward to seeing you all in the sloping fields of Tolpuddle once more.