Aspire Black Suffolk is a community-led initiative encouraging positive discussion around and engagement in African-Caribbean heritage and culture. Their aim is to bring positivity, understanding and celebration in times of divisiveness, loss and change.
Aspire Black Suffolk believe in the power of storytelling: by creating an opportunity to share stories – past and present – in a wonderful variety of forms, they aim to reduce under-representation and barriers faced by many people from the black community, giving young people a greater sense of belonging, pride and aspiration.
Aspire Black Suffolk is the name given to the collective of local people and organisations who have created and found funding for a programme of events that will run in parallel with the Power Of Stories exhibition.
A culturally ground-breaking exhibition, Power of Stories will feature three original costumes from Marvel’s Black Panther – T’challa, Shuri and Okoye (and planned to take place this summer and autumn in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich), whilst illustrating the storytelling traditions from around the globe.
Both Aspire Black Suffolk and Power Of Stories want to start conversations about what we consider ‘culture’ to be and how this affects how we view each other.
At Ipswich Film Theatre we're delighted to be partnering with Aspire Black Suffolk and Power Of Stories for a series of screenings throughout the summer and autumn, beginning with an astounding 4K remastered release of Ousmane Sembene's Mandabi. We have many more screenings lined up during the coming months so check back here regularly for updates.