Freedm in the City

Freedom in the City: Festival of Learning is a new series of events coming out of Fairfield House, Bath, the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia, in partnership with the University of the West of England.

Running from April - October 2021, the festival explores the legacy of the Ethiopian Royal Family living in the city of Bath, and is a wider celebration of Ethiopian and Rastafari cultures, and connections with the UK.

Throughout October, Fairfield House will be offering special tours of the house and grounds, see dates and links to book below.

EVENTS
All events are FREE, except the special tours to Fairfield House throughout October.
To attend any of the events, click the link to the ticket site below.

(If your event does not show up on the bookings site yet, please come back to visit as it will be there soon.)

 
To browse and watch back any of our previous events click here

 

 

SEPTEMBER 

Saturday 18th September, 6.30pm

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Service at Bath Abbey

The service will be streamed live via

No need to book.  

Monday 20th September, 6 – 7.30pm
The Emperor’s closest friend – The Life and Work of Blattengeta Herouy
Speakers – Prince Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate and 
Dr Shawn Sobers
Chaired by Jennifer Sharratt

Introduced by Liz Chege
In partnership with Africa in Motion
FREE event. To attend – click here

 

Friday 24th September, 7.30 – 8pm

Reasoning Room young people’s radio show
Broadcast at 
www.imperialvoice.com

No booking required

 

Saturday 25th September, 1 – 3pm

African Queens symposium
Symposium exploring Black women in leadership, and Bath’s generations of influential Black women.
Speakers tbc
Chair – Christelle Pellecuer

FREE event. To attend – click here

 

OCTOBER

Saturday 2nd October, 6 – 8pm

Rastafari and music (talk)
Speakers – 
Dr Lez Henry, Natika Selassie and Nywanyi Aduke
FREE event. To attend – click here


Sunday 3rd October, 10am – 4pm 

Black History Month Guided Tour of Fairfield House

For more information click here

For tickets visit : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

 

Friday 8th October – 3 – 5pm

Researching Rastafari in academia
Re-interpreting Knowledge is an interdisciplinary symposium bringing together early career
researchers exploring Rastafari heritage, philosophy and culture.
Speakers:

Aleema Gray, Yentyl Williams, Malcolm Richards, Ras Benji, Hilde Capparella and Joseph Powell.

Chaired by Dr Shawn Sobers and Professor Robbie Shilliam

Organiser – Aleema Gray
FREE event. To attendclick here

 

Saturday 9th October, 6 – 8pm

Fairfield House in Bath’s heritage identity 

Symposium

The session will seek to locate Fairfield House and HIM’s legacy within Bath’s 

broader heritage identity. Is it accepted as a core part? Or does it sit on the edge 

and need to find its own way independently, with messaging that is outside 

 the mainstream of Bath’s heritage history?

Chaired by Fairfield House CIC Chair William Heath, with guests tbc, including;

Getachew Engida, Barry Gilbertson, and Ras Shango Baku. More to come.
FREE event. To attend – click here

 

Sunday 10th October, 10am – 4pm 

Black History Month Guided Tour of Fairfield House

For more information click here

For tickets visit : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

Friday 15th October, 7.30 – 8pm

Reasoning Room young people’s radio show
What is Freedom in a future city?

Broadcast at www.imperialvoice.com

No booking required

 

Saturday 16th October – Closing Event, 6 – 8pm.

Music performances and film screening

Specially commissioned music performance by Chloe Rose Laing and Mohamed Errebbaa,
poetry by commissioned poet Vanessa Melody, 
and screening of commissioned film by Yuko Edwards.
FREE event. Details of how to attend to follow.

 

 

Sunday 17th October, 10am – 4pm 

Black History Month Guided Tour of Fairfield House

For more information click here

For tickets visit : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

Sunday 24th October, 10am – 4pm 

Black History Month Guided Tour of Fairfield House

For more information click here

For tickets visit : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

Sunday 31st October, 10am – 4pm 

Black History Month Guided Tour of Fairfield House

For more information click here

For tickets visit : www.ticketsource.co.uk/fairfield-house

The festival is a partnership between Fairfield House and the following organisations.

 

University of the West of England

Digital Cultures Research Centre

Bath Abbey

Imperial Voice Radio

Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association

Critical Race and Culture Research Network

Bath Black Families Education Support Group

Ethiopian Orthodox Church UK


Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Dr Shawn Sobers

Freedom in the City, Festival Director 

Jennifer Sharratt

Freedom in the City, Festival Producer

Funded by and in partnership with

Imperial Voice radio
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Please note:
All of the events in this proposal have Covid-19 contingency plans to become online events in the event of another strict lockdown. Also please note that even if social life returns to normal all of the events will be recorded or streamed live, attracting audiences who are unable to travel, and reaching international viewers through these means.